Inspiring TED talks for students and graduates about to start their careers.

Watch these talks and feel re-motivated about your graduate job search. It’s all about grit and determination.

Whether you’re a student or fresh graduate you will at some point be thinking about your future. After years of studying and exams, the question is – now what?

Choosing the right career is not just about picking a job or a company, it is about creating a lifestyle. Where do you see yourself working? How do you want to progress?

It is the time to ask yourself, what are you most suited to? A corporate environment? A startup? Are you an extrovert or introvert? What areas do you need to improve to increase your chances of job success?

What practical tools can you learn today that will help you get your dream graduate job?


Inspiring TED Talks for Students – 8 talks to get you thinking

  1. Angela Lee Duckworth, “Grit: the power of passion and perseverance.”

  • More important than your IQ, is your “grit” i.e. your perseverance and determination to succeed.
  • It is not the smartest graduates that get the top jobs, but the ones who never give up!

  1. Amy Cuddy, “Your body language shapes who you are.”

  • Power posing tips from a social psychologist
  • Trick your brain into feeling more confident and believing in yourself
  • Great talk for preparing for an interview or an assessment centre, why not practice your power poses today?

3. Matt Cutts, Try something new for 30 days.”

  • How can you make yourself more employable in 30 days? Take a Coding course, get involved in charity fundraising, complete a photography project, practice online verbal reasoning tests – anything, just make sure you do it every day for 30 days
  • A new approach to goal setting can help you land your dream graduate job

  1. Andrew MacAfee, “What will future jobs look like?”

  • Powerful talk on how jobs will look in the future when technology and automation become increasingly important
  • Why this impacts the coming generations and how you can prepare for this future

  1. Vik Nithy, “Why we procrastinate.”

  • Vik Nithy is the founder of 3 companies at the age of 20 including his own marketing consulting firm
  • He is all too aware of procrastination, being diagnosed with ADHD after finishing his school exams. Now he uses his knowledge to enable educational reform and to help develop young people’s potential
  • For all of us, procrastination and putting things off until “tomorrow” is common. For students like you, especially when it comes to looking for a job, this can be one of the biggest barriers to your success.

  1. Malavika Varadan, “7 ways to make a conversation with anyone.”

  • Communication skills are important to almost every single job role, so perfecting this is time well spent
  • Being able to start a conversation is useful for attending careers fairs, interviews, assessment centres, and in your future working life
  • The key is to smile, be genuine, ask questions and actively listen to the other person

  1. Julian Treasure, “How to speak so that people want to listen.”

  • “Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening?”
  • Julian highlights the 7 Deadly Sins of Speaking. Are you guilty of any of them – gossiping, judging, negativity, complaining, excuses, exaggeration or dogmatism?
  • Being sincere and authentic will ensure people will listen when you speak

  1. Andy Puddicombe, “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes.”

  • When did you last take any time to do nothing? No mobile, no reading, no TV, nothing
  • I wanted to finish the post with a practical tool to help you deal with the stress of studying, exams and job hunting. It can be overwhelming so try to take time out everyday to be mindful

Hope you enjoyed our pick of inspiring TED talks for students and graduates.


Final thoughts:

Take the time out to reflect on who you are and who you want to be.

If you can pinpoint your strengths and passion now, you can get very far in your career and create the perfect lifestyle for yourself. Remember, success requires hard work, continual learning and a lot of self-motivation!

If you can suggest any other inspiring TED talks for students, let us know.

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Written by Anika Awasthi, Founder of Grad Careers Coach and big fan of TED talks. Book your free one to one job consultation today.

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