Life after Graduation & all the things people don’t tell you about
We hope you had a blast this graduation season, took a lot of pictures, but more importantly, made a bunch of awesome memories, that will last a lifetime!
Make the most out of this time of your life, whether you are living it now or reliving it through your kid’s experience, it’s still one of the most fun periods we get to enjoy!
Life after graduation could be a bit scary at first, since many things will not be as you planned, and there is not much people tell you about what comes next. When you were smaller, you couldn’t wait for this to come, to be done with school, to move out of your parent’s house, to start shaving, right? Now, shaving that cool beard you’ve been mastering over the last year, in order to look proper for your first interviews, doesn’t seem that cool anymore!
Juggling all this while trying to make sense of who you are and who you are trying to become can be overwhelming, so we have gathered a collection of thoughts about what comes next meant to help you handle everything with realistic expectations.
You’ll have some really bad interviews
We all have that one friend that has an awesome story in which he landed a great job on his very first interview, or if you don’t know such an example, your mom surely does. In reality, you’ll go through a series of not so good interviews, you’ll go home and wonder what kind of internal error just happened when you opened your mouth back there & you’ll sometimes feel like there is no hope. The good part is that we all go through this and it will all make sense once you catch that break and start working. Just remember to always be prepared, do you research about the job, the company, the competition, and about frequently asked questions at interviews – we know, it’s still homework!
The worse professional experiences will bring you the best outcomes
No matter if they are disastrous interviews or awful first jobs, they will give you exactly what you need in this time of your life: experience! Everybody is asking for it, but no one is giving juniors a chance! Any job situation will teach about office life, deadlines, managers, teamwork, tools and platforms, workflow, responsibility and respect for working hours & space. Next time, you’ll do better at answering that question or handling a similar situation.
Savings are cool
We know that saving money doesn’t sound sexy, but it actually is considering that student loans are sneaking up on you faster than you might think, while you are already managing bills, taxes, rent and so on. Be money savvy, count your blessings & your coupons and keep an expenses spreadsheet if it helps put things in order. Tello can help you with your phone bill savings giving you phone plans that start at $5/mo, but with all the other aspects, you are on your own.
Changes are coming your way
Whether it’s your wardrobe, daily schedule, or sleeping habits, this is bound to happen since pulling an all nighter pub crawl is no longer an option every day.
You will not see your friends all the time
When everybody starts focusing on their job, this is likely to happen: complaining about lack of time takes up most of our time and you don’t get to see the people you love that often. Don’t worry, things will fall into place and you’ll get to do the things you like.
Any volunteer work pays off
Sincer your CV doesn’t have a lot of practical stuff or other sort of experience in the working field – editor in chief of the school paper is cute, but not enough, you’ll see that volunteer work is really appreciated and taken into consideration, since it shows character and extra dedication to bigger causes, so don’t forget to mention it.
Minor setback for you major
This happens a lot due to the fact that the theoretical aspects of your major do not always apply to the real life job, and more than that, your job may not even be remotely close to what you’ve studied in college.
Remember to stay true to yourself & enjoy
Just like anything else in life, use this time in your own benefit, learn as much as you can about how things are going, and about yourself and never forget that it’s such a thrilling experience. New beginnings are scary, but they are so much fun, so embrace the change, adapt, grow and make the most of it!