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June marks an exciting time for college graduates to embark on a new chapter in their lives.  Graduation represents a fresh start to explore an unknown world of possibilities. If you were to share your own knowledge and wisdom with graduates, what would you tell them?  What lessons would you want them to learn?


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Nearly all Chinese students who graduated from universities in China would expect they could and should be given some privilege till they stepped into employment.

In fact, for some disciplines; there is no end in learning. Further, whatever knowledge learnt in the university program will be out of date. So, the proper step is to start learning and apply learnt knowledge.

This is where the real challenge is! US graduates face similar problem! However, majority of university students in China lack this ability. Sadly, while they were in university, they spent time getting good grades but not useful knowledge to cope with changes in technology!





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GhostBuster Post time: 2019-6-24 11:00
Nearly all Chinese students who graduated from universities in China would expect they could and sh ...

Good advice. College doesn’t usually provide enough knowledge for our future work. We have to learn about the application of knowledge and keep us updated.

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Post time 2019-6-24 21:54:01 |Display all floors
Life lessons for new graduates?

1. develop good habits and self-discipline, discard bad habits and adventurism.

2. invest in maintaining good health.

3. keep mind sharp and agile by reading widely and thinking critically.

4. give 20% to parents, save 20% for future, use 60% divided as 40% for maintenance and 20% for skills enhancement; this is not a fixed formula and will probably vary month to month but try and see if works; in most cases, there won't be enough left after maintenance; the idea is to use money sparingly for self-discipline and character-building.

5. success comes hard and few, be ready for disappointments but keep calm and carry on; impatience disrupts and diffuses effort;

6. always be alert to respond to good opportunities for personal development but study and discuss the risks carefully before committing to anything;

7. in every life, there will be one or two chances for personal success; they may come early or late in life; be confident about that, don't waste the chances when they show up;

8. make friends but good ones; bad friends transmit bad habits and behavior; don't take advantage of others just to progress oneself; be honest and helpful and upright.

9. obey the laws and stay away from illegal activities; any gain from them today will all be more than lost tomorrow; the worst loss is loss of any good personal character bequeathed by parents; it's a bigger loss than losing their legacies because the future of one's offsprings will also be affected;

10. don't waste time; sleep early to wake up early to spend first ten minutes fresh in mind to reflect on plans for the day, lessons learned from yesterday, balance and calmness of mnd needed to be reset after facing difficulties;

11. shortcuts to wealth may cut short life;

12. maintain personal hygiene and tidyness - in personal grooming and appearance, in place of stay and work, in quality of work; always be systematic and methodical; always have presence of mind about how oneself is presented to others and how others conclude about oneself but don't be too worked up if conclusions are too negative until one is demotivated from trying to be better

13. forget the small irritations quickly, stay true to the big picture of things, events and happenings; always maintain updates on general knowledge and what is happening around in the world; take an interest and be curious; go deep into one subject of interest; do work as if it is a hobby and not a chore;

14. learn personal financial planning and economics; pick up practical tips on banking and how to buy things and where to find information and how to prequalify it; don't swallow everything as completely true; if an offer is too good to be true, it isn't;

15. be observant and alert; they are necessary to be smart and wise...

There are a few more on job hunting, networking, cycle of life, relationships....but that's for another day.

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Post time 2019-6-24 22:12:13 |Display all floors
ceciliazhang Post time: 2019-6-24 14:43
Good advice. College doesn’t usually provide enough knowledge for our future work. We have to lea ...



This shocked me when I worked with many Chinese graduates!

Need for China Education Ministry to look seriously into this aspect, but not to throw the water and baby out completely!



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Post time 2019-6-25 13:24:05 |Display all floors
1) Do your research yourself on what you want to do in your life.
2) Make plans.
3) Stick to plans.
4) Keep reviewing plans and make adjustments.
5) Take responsibility for your life - you are an adult.
6) Don't be afraid to make mistakes - it is a good way to learn. (see point 5 above)
7) Don't think your days of learning something new are over - they never are.

8) Learn that there is more to life than work.

9) have the courage to explore life.

10) treat others as you want others to treat you.

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Post time 2019-6-25 15:38:33 |Display all floors
markwu Post time: 2019-6-24 21:54
Life lessons for new graduates?

1. develop good habits and self-discipline, discard bad habits and  ...

It is life lessons for everybody.
Walter Chang from Shenyang

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