Life Guide: How to Survive Life After College

     To say that life after college is overwhelming is an understatement. You've probably thought that graduating college will give you freedom from all other responsibilities, but nope. I would rather say that life after college is just the beginning of the endless roles and responsibilities that you have to deal with. It is the point where to have to face the "real world" where you are expected to be capable of being an adult (and to pay the bills).

     While some might choose to relax after graduation, some eventually set out to find the road that could lead them to the path where they can make a mark on this world. There is no concise path on how we should live our lives, but if you just graduated from college, it would be really cool to spend some of your time being productive. That is for you not to be ready for the new life that you will face, but for you to be prepared. (There's no such thing as being ready but good preparation exists.)

       As somebody who graduated college two years ago, here are some of my "survival" tips on how to survive life after college. This is also for those who have what me and my friends used to call post-college graduation depression. lol aka I don't know what I'm doing with my life/ I don't know where I am heading.

Build Connections
      It is always great to achieve success on your own, but a little help won't hurt you. One way of getting the right help that you need is by building connections with the right people. May it be a brilliant professor that you know, or anyone who is knowledgeable in your field, a good connection can give insights that can be beneficial in your future plans. They can also give you recommendations, tips, notes on where to apply, where to study, or even how to get by in the corporate world.

Practice for Interviews
       Many people failed in getting their "dream job" not because they aren't capable, but because they fail at one of the basics in landing a job just like acing in a job interview. I used to think that interviews aren't very significant. I used to think that they are just random questions, but lately I've found out that each question thrown by an interviewer has a significant role in determining whether you are the right person for the job or not.

      It would really do you good if you know the loops and holes in job interviews. As for myself, I watch videos, read tips and ask for advice before I go for a job interview. And yes, it would be extremely helpful that you research about the company that you are applying for. Also, don't forget to polish your resume and follow the basic steps in applying for a job e.g  proper job interview outfit. Girl, don't show up wearing crop tops and mini skirts unless you wanna be a lgjdfgkfdxdgf.

Commit to Your First Job
      Do your best, not just in first, but to all of your jobs. Build a good platform or base in your life as a professional, but make your first job experience a memorable one. Try your best to be at peace with your co-workers and your employers as well. I just want to highlight this one because I know how easy it is to get caught in a job that you are not passionate about.

      One best example is when you are doing your job only for money. If you are doing that right now, let me tell you, QUIT. Make your motivation an internal one. If your job is your passion, then your work won't feel like work. It may tire you and stress you out, but if you are passionate about it, then you can always find a way to get your work done.

Master the Art of Budgeting
         When I had my first job, I used to be so guilty about overspending. Not all of my money went for nothing, but I still wish I didn't let myself get caught into reckless shopping. One of the main differences between being a student and being a working adult is that you no longer get the allowance that your parents used to give you. If they still do, well, don't you think it's a bit odd?

         At my age right now, I am no master of budgeting or other things related to money. I sck at numbers, but I understand the necessity of it. I cannot give you a thorough detail about how to budget here, what I can only do, at least now, is to remind you to start learning a thing or two about it. I promise, I'll do the same.

Don't Stop Learning
         It is important to accept that you're not in college anymore, but it is more important to stay being a student. Don't rely on what you have learned from your college days. Chances are, most of them would be little bit outdated. Remember, experience will always be the best teacher and you can only meet that teacher once you venture out into the real world.

         Learning a new skill and mastering it is also a big bonus. No specific knowledge is useless if you know how to use it. Application is the key. You'll never know where a new skill would take you.

Focus
         Focus is very important in realizing whatever goals you have for yourself. Be it as simple as shredding some stubborn fat or as laborious as being in a job that you love. (As if losing fat is so easy lmao) I'd like to think that focus is synonymous to discipline; that both cannot exist without the other.

          As much as focus is a vital thing, it is important to project it in a right way. Focus in your self instead of focusing on others. Focus on what you have achieved other than what you haven't achieved (yet). I've found out that others gnaw into discontent simply because they tend to compare themselves to others. And I have to admit, there are times where I find myself in the same situation. However, when I would reassess my personal goals and divert my focus into what I really want, feelings of discontent would slowly vanish. Still, the battle is constant and we just have to remind ourselves where should we properly dwell our focus, again and again.

Relax
        I know exactly how easy it is to get caught in a moment where you ask yourself: "What am I doing with my life?" or if you are more paranoid, you end up comparing your achievement with the achievement of others especially to those who graduated with you. Raise your hands if you are guilty. I am raising mine. Things also gets crazier when you find yourself doing something not because you love it, but because it's what expected of you. It's a real bullshit. Really.
   
        Okay sorry was ranting lol What I just want to say is that relax. Trust your own journey as you work through your goals. Each of us has our own unique story. Take your time to write yours'.

       I'll leave you all my love and this wonderful quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give hint no peace.

I hope you'll find this post helpful. Do you have any tips on how to survive life after college? Please do share it on the comment section below. I will be more than happy to read it :)

Good luck!

love lots,
Tin

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14 comments:

  1. Such a great post! Graduating University and looking for a job can be really stressful...incredibly stressful. Nowadays, the job market is very competitive and we simply must learn to do our best.

    That being said, I think there is no point in stressing if we don't get that dream job right away. Working is good for building our work ethics and also for finding contacts so even if we don't land a great job as soon as we hoped for, we can still use our free time to develop and improve ourselves.

    I loved reading your tips. I totally agree that job interviews are very important. We must stay calm during them and simply do our best to demonstrate who we are.

    I always love your articles...they're very on the point...and so well written!

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  2. I have little in the way of focus, mostly my life has wandered here and there and I am pretty happy with the results. There are things I wish I had, but I am glad for what I have been given. But you are right, focus is essential if you have a plan or goal to attain. Now relaxing I am very good at that :) Lots of love dear! Sham

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  3. Im in the second year of college and Im ALREADY afraid of life after college. This is actually really helpful. I feel so much more prepared (at least mentally?)

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  4. I love this post is really really helpful! I'll graduate in two years and I'm so scared of life after college! :)

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  5. Such a great post and awesometips
    Life after college is really awesome,but the job hunting is notso good but all in alla good plan isvery essential

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  6. You know, you could this as a speech in front of university students. I could have learned them during my university days so I will be more prepared in life. In my days, we are being bombarded with academics that the social-emotional part of learning were placed aside. Great set of advices. Good job Cristine, inspiring!

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  7. Very nice tips, I really love this post!
    xx

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  8. This is a great post. I really need to master the art of budgeting and focusing. I think i'll be well set if I got those two under control.

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  9. Very informative and realistic post!! I have migrated to a new country and finding it really tough to get a job here. Though I am trying my best but now I think that having links is definitely a plus.

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  10. Such a great, realistic and useful post for the real life! Looking forward to here more of this kind of topics in your blog, dear :D

    I finished college in 2014 and get a nice job really quickly, then I decided to study another degree but I left it (it wasn't why I was expecting) and in the end I think I prefer work, build connections and stay active as you mention! Currently I migrated and even tho it is such a difficult task I'm a believer of getting out of your comfort zone in order to pursuit a real profit ;)

    Hope you do a great job out there !

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  11. I'm five years in the workforce, pero I'm still such a newb in figuring all these adult things. this post is a great reminder to everyone and myself included of how important it is to set priorities straight to make sure things fall in the right track accordingly.

    Have a great week!
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  12. This is a really great post and extremely relevant to my life right now. Thanks! <3

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  13. Interesting post!!! Have a great weekend! Kiss:))

    xxBasia
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  14. thank you for your visit sweetie.

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