Just the other day I attended my sister’s graduation and I still can’t believe that it seemed like it was only yesterday since I walked down the red carpet. It’s been 2 years and still my cousins ask about my job and I know a lot of graduates who are undergoing the dilemma so I’ll tell you what it’s like in the real world not to scare you but to inspire and motivate you.
- It is important that you submit your resume after a week or two of your graduation. Even better if you applied before so that you don’t have to worry about anything anymore. I waited and applied after 2 months and I swear, it’s not easy. What more if I waited for a year or so, right? Pass your resumes to more than 1 company (gave mine to more than 30 companies). Sure, they will call you for interview/s and exams but doesn’t guarantee that you landed the job.
- The HR head or your future boss will be asking you questions like “Tell me something about yourself” (talk about your position in organization/s you joined and the awards you received during college), “What are your strengths and weaknesses” (Example, if you’re applying for a career in IT, you can say that programming is one of your strengths and that you don’t have any weakness as you can adopt on things easily), “Why should we hire you” (you’re an asset to the company), “10 years from now, how do you see yourself”, “What do you know about this company” and it is important that you answer them in all honesty and that it should match what is written on your resume.
- Your first job won’t be your last. It’s a good company, sure. But you would want to explore and grow more so you’ll find another job that would meet your needs. There are also some factors like your status in your workplace (if you are able to meet the company/boss’ expectations after being hired), location, salary,etc.
- You won’t be seeing your college buddies most of the time. Sad but true. They will be busy creating their careers just like you. Both parties will meet new friends along the way but nothing compares to the friends who made your 4 years of college a blast and that’s one of the things I am grateful for. We catch up over coffee or movies whenever we’re free and nothing beats spending time with the people who know how crazy you can be without judgments. You’ll miss college days even more when you have work already. I do.
- Your passion is your ticket to the world. Do what you love. Get a job that doesn’t feel like it is and believe that you’ll make it big!
I hope you learned a thing or two in this post. Congratulations dear graduates!! Wishing you good luck in your future endeavors and welcome to the real world!!! ❤