The day has come. You have graduated and deserved the right to celebrate your significant milestone, but trust me, when reality hits you, your college days will feel like the best time you've ever had in your life.
Curious about what your life will look like from now? Here you will find 6 essential life lessons for you, fresh graduates!
1. Sit Back and Enjoy
Don't let this fleeting moment of joy and excitement go to waste, make the best of them. But don’t get too attached to it. As it can hold you back on getting used to reality, because reality isn't as forgiving as your lecturer.
Take your time, and devote yourself to do things that you love. Fill your belly with great food, travel places, see the world with your own eyes. You may find new ideas, friends, and possibly a clue as to where you want to achieve in your life. Your objective right now is to keep your regrets at minimum when this period of joy is over.
2. Confront Your New Reality
During your days at college, you have assignments, exams, and other responsibilities that are designed to measure your improvement and give you a rough idea where you’re at right now in your study. But as you step outside the real world, there will be no exams to measure whether you’re progressing or regressing. Your brain is going to have a hard time coping up with that and believe me, it could be shocking for some.
In this new reality, the key thing to keep in mind is whether you've got what it takes to get the job done right. In a way, you will re-learn, learn new, and un-learn a lot of stuff. So buckle up, and start getting fresh and useful skills to use.
3. Start Looking for Jobs
Yeah, we get it, you will have less free time. But by having a job and getting your paycheck will bring you stability. Once you got solid ground on your feet, you will have a better understanding of what skills you need to have to improve your work life as well as your lifestyle. Plus, you will get new experiences, and more practical skills as you advance in your career.
But it doesn't mean that you just accept any job that come towards you. Pick a suitable job that will not only give you monetary support, but also one that gives you chances, guides, and opportunities to make yourself better. Make absolutely sure that your employer accepts you as a valuable team member, verify pay and benefits, see if commuting to work is simple or not. Oh, and do start saving money once you start earning them.
4. Try Freelancing
Let's assume that there aren't any available jobs you desire in your vicinity, or that you still don't know how to leave a good impression. Then freelancing is the perfect tool to work on your confidence and portfolio. The trouble is, even people who need freelancers won't hire someone without a solid background.
Visit websites like freelancer.com or sribulancer.com to find job offers. People outsource their jobs from plenty of those websites. If you want to develop your writing skills, start blogging, and visit places that pay their contributors. So if you have a particular set of skills, be sure to check out those platforms. And since you're freelancing, your income is not consistent, so don't spend too much of the money that you earned.
5. Remember Your Passions
Never turn your back on your passions. They make up a big part of who you are as a person. And the grandest sense of achievement comes when you work in the right direction. Yes, you might not have as much time as you like, but if you organize it well, you'll manage to get enough out of it and do something fulfilling. If your job is different from what you love, find a new one or see it as a means to an end. Something that can help you muster enough resources to that which you love the most.
6. Experience Outranks Everything
During our studies, we are deceived into getting good grades when, in reality, that is not what employers are after. Star Wars Clone Trooper Captain Rex says, "In my book, experience outranks everything." Which is actually true, and what he means is that employers value results. By day's end, you would primarily be judged on whether you can get the job done right.
Volunteering, internships, part-time jobs, and their kind can really help you in certain work matters. Even unpaid jobs have a significant impact in the urban jungle. If looking for work on job portals doesn't work out, then link up with a recruitment agency, and they will find you a job. It really helps with your networking skills. Hey, even lame experiences can help. It's better than nothing.
We wish you good luck, graduates. Because let's face it, we can't all be legends and superstars in this world. So let's be realistic, if you set your efforts to where you want to go, you'll get there. And remember: it's reasonable to change your aspirations and start working toward different milestones.