More words of wisdom from the Portsmouth alumni community
This year’s graduation ceremonies are in full swing and with many more graduates becoming part of the Portsmouth alumni community, former students have got in touch to offer their words of wisdoms for those starting the next part of their journey:
BA Economics, 1987
There is no right or wrong path to take. Always enjoy what you do.
BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies, 2016
If it's hot on your graduation day, make sure you bring a bottle of water as it can get really hot in the graduation gowns and wear comfortable shoes as you are likely to be on your feet for most of the day. Make the most of every minute of your graduation day and take lots of pictures!
Michal Tomasz Szymanski
BSc (Hons) Product Design & Innovation, 2009
End all your good and bad days the same way. Celebrate all your successes & failures as both are equal in value. You learned what works & what doesn’t. Education to me is being taught what someone else already knew. Knowledge comes from venturing into pages not yet turned or written.
Four rules which have served my career since graduating:
- Develop a habit of teaching yourself - in life I think you only need to know about 80%. The rest you can work out. Education has a graduation date, learning is for life.
- You are not the smartest person in the room - everyone has value, ideas, opinions. If you are not willing to listen, you are on your own and on your own you shall fail.
- It is better to aim high and miss than to aim low and hit - passion before paychecks.
- Never underestimate the value of being kind to people & simply being a decent human - being humble goes far.
I wish you all luck in your future endeavours!
BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2003
Congratulations! Any job is better than no job. You can keep working on the career thing, but I’d recommend earning and proving your work ethic from the off, no matter what that looks like - I think it's better than having CV gaps if you can do it.
Keep an open mind on what you want to do - I always wanted to be a researcher and finally started that job aged 40. I've had two careers before this. You can always change what you do!
(MPharm) Pharmacy, 2020
Graduation is one of the most amazing days of your life. The most powerful thing which you have right now is your degree, which no one can take away from you. Graduation is your first step in making a difference in people's lives. The strongest factor for success is believing in yourself, believing you deserve it and believing that you will get there no matter what happens.
Starting my new job role after graduating was really exciting but at the same time very challenging. The world of work comes with both rewards and challenges, but always stay optimistic. Tell yourself ‘I can overcome these challenges’ as that mental attitude itself will bring inner strength and self-confidence. Remember, every morning that you wake up you will not always be motivated therefore you must learn to be disciplined to become that successful person that you want to be.
I would highly recommend networking as much as possible. Networking opens many doors of opportunities which are otherwise difficult to reach.
BSc Geography, 2012
It's okay if you go into work or build a career that isn't seen as directly linked to your degree. Studying for your degree has given you a wide range of skills that can be applied in many areas of the workforce, not just specific subject knowledge.
BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Technology, 2019
Not knowing what you want to do upon graduating is okay. Take it day by day. It's a big world out there so remember to be gentle with yourself and most importantly believe in yourself. Don't worry about asking questions, even the silly ones, as it'll make the workplace a better place.
BA (Hons) Business studies, 2011
Remember in the real world you can fail, and it's a good thing as long as you learn from it. Now there's no grade to chase, create your own goals to achieve what success is to you.
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