Graduation marks the end of great accomplishment, but also the start of a whole new beginning. So we asked our alumni on our LinkedIn page what career advice they had for the Class of 2016. Here’s what they had to say:

“Get out there, take risks, educate yourself financially and know that you can do anything you put your mind to!”

-Jennifer De Jonge

“Don’t be afraid to take risks and don’t be afraid of failure. Success is measured by failure. Good luck and congratulations!”

-Carla Roberts Pruitt

“Be mindful of the impact of your actions, behaviors, and comments on friends, peers, family, colleagues, and those with whom you interact. Additionally, embrace your complete self, and do not allow anyone or thing to tell you anything other than the fact that you are exemplary!”

-Bryan Hotchkins

“Congrats! Don’t be afraid to get your feelings hurt! Put on your most “respectful armor” and let criticism and setbacks become your success.”

-Ken Childress

“Work with what you are passionate about. Find a mentor. As you become experienced, be a mentor to others. Expand your network and have a balance of give and take with those in your network.”

-Dimitrios Polychronopoulos

“Work! If someone is sitting on the top of a mountain, they probably didn’t fall there!”

-Marilyn Momeny

“Start putting money into your company’s retirement plan ASAP, even if its just 5 percent.”

-April Rivera

“Don’t just take a job. Find something in the path to a career you can be proud and passionate about. Good luck and Congratulations!”

-Sofia S. Lingos

“Don’t rush things. Be deliberate but open to new opportunities.”

-Timothy Tomer