Conventional career advice frequently given to recent grads is “Follow your passion”. Unfortunately, this is very bad, and wrong, advice.
Developmental psychology says that we do not really have a clear understanding of ourselves until we are in our thirties. How can recent grads expect to figure out their passion when they are not yet who they will become?
Research indicates that only about 4% of university grads have any “passion” that is career-related and actionable. A Canadian psychologist surveyed 600 university students and found that 84% had a passion. However, the were: dance, hockey, skiing, reading and swimming – not very helpful unless your name is Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sydney Crosby or Penny Oleksiak.