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Top Tips for College Graduates about to enter the Workforce

A week ago I got an unexpected email regarding a project put together by TheLadders. What are some tips for fresh college graduates about to start their career path? As much as I wanted to take it immediately, I honestly thought twice before agreeing to his request. Although this is very timely as I graduated college not too long ago and also looking for a job, I am not confident to share a couple of advice because I myself doesn’t have a clear path yet when it comes to “career.”

But then I realized that it isn’t bad at all to give my two cents about this topic since I will be speaking based on my experiences and while my experiences may not be 100% the same with anyone, it would surely be relatable at some other way.

Take your time. Don’t rush.

To the kids who aren’t sure of what it’s going to be in the future, no one told anybody that you should work immediately right after graduation. It is kind of a necessity (at least for me) to rest and relax and enjoy the life you’re deprived of. Free from books and reviewers, long exams and graded recitations, thesis defense and designs. Organize the clutter and set clear goals after.

Having said that, you have the leisure of thinking things but remember…

Don’t stagnate/languish.

Figuring out things for almost a year? 2 years? It doesn’t sound so healthy! It might take a while but not that long, I gues. Likewise, remember that you’re taking your time to settle things down and not lose the drive to look for the suitable career path for you.

Free yourself from peer pressure.

Friend 1 lands on job at company A. Friend 2 lands on a really cool job at company B. Another friend now works with friend 1 at company A. It doesn’t mean you have to join the flow. What suits your bestfriend doesn’t mean will greatly favor you too.

With reference to item #1…

Respond to the travel bug’s bite.

Wanderlust is such a common thing nowadays. Why don’t we join the bandwagon, huh? Who knows, you might realize what you really want to do, be it a travel writer in South America like Trisha or be an expat who teaches English in South Korea, in the course of your adventure.

And lastly…

Explore.

After all the recollection that you’ve done, you may finally land on a day job you’re finally looking for. But truth is, it won’t stop there as windows of oppurtunities will continuously open from time to time. Do not be afraid to leave your job for another especially when you feel you don’t grow in your current craft. I do believe that working on a chosen career is a life long learning through technical and social experiences, hence personal growth.

I do hope I made sense here even a little. Remember that I have laid these tips based on what I experienced in the past and based on what I feel for my future. Some (or all) may contradict your views but I’m sure we all boil down to the same thing. Attainment of one’s goals. 🙂

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11 Comments

  • Reply Grace February 7, 2015 at 4:38 am

    “Do not be afraid to leave your job for another especially when you feel you don’t grow in your current craft.” That’s what I did 🙂 and I’ve been unemployed for 6 months. It is really a struggle to find employment if you’re a Nurse here in the Philippines. Kaya naman I’m so happy that I am finally working in a hospital as a Nurse. I love my job, blessing talaga ito.

  • Reply Mimi Gonzales February 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Great tips shared! Thank you! I hope to graduate three years from now in my Engineering course, and this has cleared some thoughts about what I’m going to do after that. It’s quite scary, even from this point, but I could smell the independence and it’s freaking luring me right now! 🙂

    • Reply chester February 7, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Engineering is a pretty tough course! I know because I am ang engineering graduate. Good luck Mimi! =)

  • Reply Sherica February 7, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    WOW ANG DAMI NG ALAM!! Hahaha joke! Pero infairview binasa ko naman at marami kang tamang points jan! Actually tama naman lahat eh kaya sumama ka na samin sa Europe para tuloy tuloy na ang ligaya HAhaha

    • Reply chester February 8, 2015 at 1:49 am

      Haha sige mag gaguhan tayo sa comments section. Haha luvyah mwa mwa mwa supsup. Supsup talaga yan. Hahaha.

  • Reply Camie Juan February 8, 2015 at 2:20 am

    i agree with Sherica! Go ka na rin so Europe! It will change your life 🙂

    Anyway, I also agree with everything pero mostly dun sa exploring. It is a lifelong journey, and some people don’t figure out what they’re supposed to do in life until they’re 40 or even 50!!! This is why right now I’m doing blogging, but I’m also learning makeup, and after I plan to also take up graphic design 🙂 so diba, better to explore and be well rounded! You don’t have to give your 200% into one career path, try it all out 🙂

    • Reply chester February 8, 2015 at 2:54 am

      AWWWWW. Thank you Camiebabes!!!! <3 Yes there’s a lot of things going in my mind right now and I really want to try things out!!

  • Reply Renz Bulseco February 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    HAHA! To be honest I took BS Bio in college because I really thought I’d become a doctor. Pero at the back of my mind, sinasabihan ako na to pursue your childhood dream of becoming an air traffic controller. So ayun, late ko na realize (4th yr college) na parang napipilitan ako na maging doctor in the near future. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE SCIENCE, especially life and natural sciences, chemistry, astronomy, and physics (yan kasi, hard core nerd, ayun nahirapang mag decide kung ano talaga ang gusto sa buhay). I even took entrance exam for med school, took the NMAT, and all other requirements for the admission in med school. Pero I felt uneasy along the way. I never imagined myself working as a doctor.

    After graduation, I decided not to pursue my medical career. Mom told me to follow what I really want sa career ko, but my dad was a bit disappointed pero naka get over rin siya after 2.34 weeks (char). Ayun, best decision I made in life so far. For one year, travel travel muna, rediscovering myself, and all. And now, I’m working as an ATC, and I couldn’t ask for more! 🙂

    • Reply chester February 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Right??? Renz tbh, the last time I went to your blog (before we had a conversation like this again) is when you were still in med school. But I knew that you were really fascinated with aviation that time. And the here I stumble on your blog and little did I know that you’re already an ATC. YOU DA MAN RENZ, YOU DA MAN. No char! Haha. <3

      • Reply Renz Bulseco February 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm

        Hehe, sounds cliché but, you really have to follow what your heart screams. See also: passion.

        • Reply chester February 10, 2015 at 12:45 am

          Yes! Thank you Renz for being an inspiration!

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