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To focus on paying off the student loans as fast as possible instead of splurging after the nice new salary, since the debt is going to be the thing that'll hold you back and limit options while putting you in a situation where you'll have to keep working more years the more it grows. That the dependence on a job to pay off loans or pay bills will hold you back when it comes to career flexibility or even being vocal no matter what the salary is if you fall into the trap of life style creep. So pay off loans, save, and invest.
Given what sh-- this field has turned into it's great advice. Of course, better decision would have been to never enter it when it comes to newer grads, but at least not falling into complacency that the field is stable is a good attitude to have than to think things will be fine.
Years back when I was thinking about going into pharmacy and older pharmacist I knew and had always admired told me to do anything but pharmacy. He was probably about 45 or 50 at the time, but to me he was "old" at the time. He said that I should not waste a second of time even considering a career in a profession that was dying. He told me that I should not be lured by the nice salary and that I would be better off pursuing almost any other career path. I hated him for saying that to me and considered him nothing but a burned out old man from that point on. As I look back, I realize he was giving me a sincere warning. I need to see if I can find him and apologize. He was trying to help and I was too young and naive to listen to advice I didn't want to hear.
""""the greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall""""
This rings true today
The best advice I ever received was from my dad, my biggest mentor in life. Starting when I was young, he always quoted Confucius and told me, "Choose a job you love, and you never have to work a day in your life" and that "the greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
One of my early mentor said:
""Start saving as much as you can and invest. 401k is a must and try to max it out...""
Looking at this advice after 30 years of work it's amazing how things worked out.
I hope it helps someone who reads this as well.