Fancy life lessons and ca­reer ad­vice from the world’s most en­light­ened lead­ers? Then take a seat, grab your note­book and lean in…

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Just want JK Rowl­ing et al to tell you it’s all go­ing to be OK? Wish granted

Here in the UK, the day you grad­u­ate from univer­sity is usu­ally cel­e­brated by dress­ing up like an ex­tra from Harry Pot­ter, en­dur­ing some awkward chat be­tween your par­ents and your ‘Tequila Tues­days’ crew and, if you’re very lucky, marking the oc­ca­sion with a meal in the lo­cal Wether­spoons.

In the US, they take grad­u­a­tion to another level. To see their depart­ing stu­dents off into adult life, uni­ver­si­ties in­vite guest speak­ers to im­part their wis­dom – and when we say speak­ers, we don’t mean some two-bit ca­reer coach or lo­cal dig­ni­tary. We’re talk­ing A-list movie stars, Sil­i­con Val­ley bil­lion­aires and ac­tual First Ladies – peo­ple whose life ad­vice you gen­uinely want to lis­ten to.

The good news is you don’t need a six-fig­ure col­lege fund and an ac­cep­tance let­ter from Har­vard to ben­e­fit – we’ve done the hard work for you and watched dozens of them. Here are the lessons worth learn­ing…

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