Get All Access for $5/mo

'Take the Money Out of the Equation': Barbara Corcoran Offers Tips for New Graduates Navigating the Job Market The "Shark Tank" star says she worked almost two dozen jobs before turning 23.

By Emily Rella

After graduating from New York's St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1971, "Shark Tank" star and real estate maven Barbara Corcoran knows firsthand how stressful it is to look for a job after graduation — Corcoran previously revealed that she worked 22 jobs by the time she was 23.

In a TikTok video viewed over 42,600 times, Corcoran offered advice to new graduates about the "real world" and what to consider before accepting a job offer.

Sometimes the pressure to make a quick decision can be detrimental in the long run, she said.

Related: Barbara Corcoran Says If You Want to Become a Millionaire Do This 1 Thing: 'I Out-Try Anyone'

@barbara.corcoran Congratulations to the class of 2024! ?? Here is my very best advice before you step foot into the real world. Share this with a graduate! #graduation #collegegrad #collegegraduation #congratsgrad #congratulations #graduates #degree #collegedegree #collegeeducation ♬ original sound - Barbara Corcoran

Corcoran told graduates not to pigeonhole themselves into only choosing a career that only aligns with their major.

"Try a lot on before you decide what you want to do with your life," she explained. "It pays big time — don't get stuck in your major."

She also said to make a decision based on "how much [the job] will teach you" and to look beyond salary, if possible.

"Take the money out of the equation and focus on one thing only — try to find something you do very, very well," she explained. "And then practice the hell out of it until you become very, very good at it."

Corcoran also told graduates to choose a job with a good boss.

"Having a good boss will have more to do with your happiness at work than actually what you do with the day," she says.

Finally, she suggested closing out any interview with this one question: "Is there anything standing in the way of you hiring me?"

Corcoran sold her real estate firm, Corcoran Group, for $66 million in 2001.

Her net worth as of Tuesday morning was an estimated $400 million.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Side Hustle

The Side Hustle He Started in His College Apartment Turned Into a $70,000-a-Month Income Stream — Then Earned Nearly $2 Million Last Year

Kyle Morrand and his college roommates loved playing retro video games — and the pastime would help launch his career.

Growing a Business

How Visionary Leaders Transform Curiosity Into Groundbreaking Ideas

Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, discusses the spark that launched FoodieCon, his best practices for running popular food events, and why all business owners need to adapt to social media trends.

Business News

Homeowners in These 10 States Pay the Most in 'Hidden' Upkeep Costs

Hidden home costs pile on top of mortgage payments.

Data & Recovery

Get $60 off This Portable VPN Travel Router

Why keep paying for a VPN service when you can have a tiny, lightweight piece of hardware that can provide you with a lifetime of maximum VPN protection?

Money & Finance

Avoid These 10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make with Money

Despite the challenging statistic that only 5% of startups survive beyond five years, common financial pitfalls often contribute to their failure. Through personal observation, I've identified the prevalent financial mistakes made by entrepreneurs.

Growing a Business

5 Books to Help You Motivate, Unify and Build Perspective

In a post-Covid world, check out these must-read books to help build a more resilient organization, create a modern work culture and maintain a powerful growth mindset.