Bottom line? You're an adult now: take control of your life's direction. Leah McGowen-Hare, master technical editor at Salesforce, says, "When you are good at what you do, people will say 'You should ...' However, it may not be aligned with where you see yourself going. It is OK if your vision changes, as it should as you gain more knowledge. Just make sure your choices are aligned with your vision." Or, as Mike Pav, VP of engineering, spanning by EMC, put it: "When I graduated I wish I knew that the direction in which my parents and advisors were pushing me was not the one true direction, but just their view based on their lives. It has taken me more than 20 years to realize that I have to own my own future."