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Stefano Hatfield: You have to make your own luck

I was lucky. I knew what I wanted to be. As a teen, I had decided I wanted to be a journalist, not because of any great calling, but – fatally – because I liked writing and was better at it than anything else.

Introduction to iGraduate

You’ve finished the final term of your degree. Three (or more) years of hard study, sweat and beers are consigned to the waste bin of history. So now what do you do? It’s a question that countless graduates mull over as their final days of student life drift away and the big wide world stretches out in front of them. And it’s one you shouldn’t be afraid to ask yourself either.

Listen to advice and learn from other people’s mistakes – it’s much cheaper than making your own!

Other options: You're not obliged to rush into employment

Don’t want to work for someone else? Start up a business or take a gap year, says Russ Thorne

Entrepreneur’s checklist

Important questions for budding self-starters to ask themselves, suggested by Dr Malcolm Parry, director of the Surrey Research Park at the University of Surrey.

Further information

Useful contacts for all your graduate needs.

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