Listen to the advice for new college or MBA graduates from Kon Leong, the co-founder, president and CEO of ZL Technologies, in the Jan. 20 Corner Office column in The New York Times: “You can go in any direction. So experiment. That can also mean taking a lower salary in order to experiment."
He continues, "If you experiment in different jobs and functions in those two or three years out of school, you will have a much better shot at finding your sweet spot. And the sweet spot is the intersection between what you’re really good at and what you love to do. If you can find that intersection, you are set. A lot of people would kill for that because, at 65, they’re retiring and never found it.”
He also says that that graduates shouldn't listen to "harping" from their family and should not earn degrees just to end up doing work they don't enjoy: “If you're miserable, even if you make a lot of money, that's still 40 years of your life."
That is truly ancient wisdom. Stephen Mitchell’s “Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation” counsels, "It is better to do your own duty/badly than to perfectly do/another's; you are safe from harm/when you do what you should be doing."