While you鈥檙e savoring each and every moment of your last days before graduation, you鈥檙e probably also job hunting, interviewing, looking for a decent apartment and casually (but not casually at all) trying to figure out what the hell to do with your life. It鈥檚 natural to look for some direction in such an emotional, uncertain time, but you know as well as we do that the more people you ask, the more opinions you get. Why not get advice from people who have reached the top of their fields. Scroll on for some brilliant advice on what lies ahead.

1. Sheryl Sandberg: Get on a rocket ship. At her Harvard commencement address in 2012, Sheryl told her story of moving to Silicon Valley and looking for a job. She received a few offers, including one from Google to become their first business unit general manager. It sounds like an amazing opportunity now, but as she put it, 鈥淎t the time, no one thought consumer Internet companies could ever make money.鈥 So she sat down with Google鈥檚 new CEO at the time, Eric Schmidt, who told her not to be an idiot: 鈥淕et on a rocket ship. When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves. And when companies aren鈥檛 growing quickly or their missions don鈥檛 matter as much, that鈥檚 when stagnation and politics come in. If you鈥檙e offered a seat on a rocket ship, don鈥檛 ask what seat. Just get on.鈥 Definitely something to keep in mind as you鈥檙e making decisions about your first job. (via Harvard Business School)

2. Conan O鈥橞rien: Don鈥檛 fear failure. Another Harvard commencement address, another fantastic piece of advice. Conan O鈥橞rien spoke about the fear of failure, positing that 鈥測our biggest liability is your need to succeed.鈥 He recalled, 鈥淚 left the cocoon of Harvard, I left the cocoon of Saturday Night Live, I left the cocoon of TheSimpsons. And each time it was bruising and tumultuous. And yet every failure was freeing, and today I鈥檓 as nostalgic for the bad as I am for the good. So that鈥檚 what I wish for all of you 鈥 the bad as well as the good. Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally. Know that your mistakes are your own unique way of getting to where you need to be. And remember that the story is never over鈥 I will go now to make bigger mistakes and to embarrass this fine institution even more.鈥

3. Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: The economy is cyclical, and your career is long. Granted, the job market is looking better for you than it was when Bartz gave this speech back in 2012, but the gloom-and-doom headlines about millennials are still going strong! 鈥淟ook past the gloom and doom headlines, and actually don鈥檛 believe that the events of today are the ones that are going to shape your future. Because your work life is very, very long. You鈥檙e the first generation that is preparing for a 50-year work life鈥 so think of it as a chance to find and discover new things. If you start a job or business this summer or fall or a year from now, you鈥檙e going to realize how much runway you actually have. In the past, people talked about career ladders, and that鈥檚 what work felt like. If you were lucky, and you were diligent, and you sucked up and all that stuff, you went up the ladder. Do you want to do that? No. First of all, ladders are very unstable. Do a career pyramid so you have a great base, you can change your mind, you can do a lot of different things.鈥

4. Maria Shriver: Be present now. Don鈥檛 get so caught up in what comes after graduation that you can鈥檛 enjoy your last few weeks in the fabulous place you鈥檙e sitting right now. 鈥淚t鈥檚 like what we鈥檙e doing at this precise moment doesn鈥檛 even exist,鈥 Shriver said. 鈥淓veryone is focused on the next thing. Everyone is racing to the Next Thing. Well, I got caught up in that for a really long time 鈥 so much so, that I could never really enjoy what I WAS doing, because I was always worried about what I was going to be doing.鈥 Don鈥檛 fall into that trap. When people ask what your next move is, don鈥檛 be afraid to say, 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know. I鈥檓 just enjoying this time right now.鈥

5. David Foster Wallace: You construct your reality. In the greatest commencement speech of all time, 鈥This Is Water,鈥 David Foster Wallace gifted the world with a perspective we think about on a daily basis: 鈥淭wenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts clich茅 about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.鈥

6. Stephen Colbert: Say yes. 鈥淛ust say yes鈥 is one of the most important tenets of improvisation. Go along with whatever your scene partner does, and then contribute something of your own. 鈥淲ell, you are about to start the greatest improvisation of all,鈥 Colbert said. 鈥淲ith no script. No idea what鈥檚 going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say 鈥榶es.鈥 And if you鈥檙e lucky, you鈥檒l find people who will say 鈥榶es鈥 back.鈥

Sure, that may cause you to be a fool at times, he said, but always be a fool rather than a cynic. 鈥淐ynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don鈥檛 learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying 鈥榶es鈥 begins things. Saying 鈥榶es鈥 is how things grow. Saying 鈥榶es鈥 leads to knowledge. 鈥榊es鈥 is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say 鈥榶es.鈥欌

7. Frozen screenwriter Jennifer Lee: Don鈥檛 give in to self-doubt. At the University of New Hampshire last year, Lee said, 鈥淚f I learned one thing, it is that self-doubt is one of the most destructive forces. It makes you defensive instead of open, reactive instead of active. Self-doubt is consuming and cruel. And my hope today is that we can all collectively agree to ban it鈥 Think to the moments of your life when you forgot to doubt yourself. When you were so inspired that you were just living and creating and working. Pay attention to those moments because they鈥檙e trying to reach you through those lenses of doubt and trying to show you your potential.鈥

8. Radiolab鈥檚 Robert Krulwich: Don鈥檛 just send resumes and wait. This is one of the most important pieces of advice for anyone in the job searching process: Don鈥檛 be someone who waits. Krulwich explained that there are people who diligently send out resumes to all the important people and wait for a response. They may even be fantastic resumes. 鈥淏ut there are some people who don鈥檛 wait. I don鈥檛 know exactly what鈥檚 going on inside them, but they have this鈥 hunger. It鈥檚 almost like an ache. Something inside you says, 鈥業 can鈥檛 wait to be asked. I just have to jump in and do it.鈥欌 Be that person.

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This post was previously published on Levo League by Kelsey Manning.

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