Hey there! As a fresh graduate, perhaps I could give some new, young (albeit maybe a little naive) insights! 1) I'd like to think our career path is never determined by a singular decision. It's fluid and is bound to change over time. The most important thing to consider is what he truely wants to do regardless of his worries. 2) For friends worried about office politics, I always tell my friends to ignore it all and focus at tasks at hand. The people who are worth it and true to themselves will come true for you in the end! Takes time, BUT, you'll find them. 3) Why be scared of failure? Did you know... I flunked through my first 2 years of Uni, but hey, still made it through to the end and am doing relatively well right now! You fail to succeed. If you don't fail, you'll never succeed.