4 Lessons for Fresh Graduates

Happy graduation! The path ahead, outside the four walls of your university, may seem scary—joining the workforce, paying your own bills, being independent. All these, among many others, can get too overwhelming, too fast. But facing your fears and conquering uncertainties—head on—is exactly what growing up means. Here, some tips to help you navigate around adulthood and #adulting.

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It’s all parties and celebrations after you finally receive your diploma, until reality strikes you, hard, and you remember you’re about to embark on your craziest adventure yet: life. The real world awaits. And you're officially unemployed. Excited yet? Here are 5 things that you should remember as you enter adulthood:

Never give up on job-hunting.
This one's got to be on top of your to-do list upon graduating. It isn't easy to find one that really suits you. You’ll have to face rejection a lot. Sometimes, you might have to settle for a job you don’t like. But never give up. Even if you’ve sent 50 job applications already, just keep on hunting until you find that job—career—you always wanted. 

Never give up your passions.
Later in your career, if you'll be pursuing a job that isn’t related to what the things you love to do, then you might see yourself getting bored or burned out sooner or later. See to it that the job you'll be applying for isn’t one you go for only the salary or the perks, but also for your self-fulfillment and personal growth.

You must save up!
This should be a daily reminder to all fresh graduates, especially those on their first job. Your compensation may not be as high as you have expected, but saving up a few bills will help you survive from your endless needs and wants. Set your priorities straight so you won't end up being broke.


You must not stop learning. 
Even after 18 years or more of being in school, you'll still get to learn every day. In your daily decisions, challenges or situations, you can learn new things, even if you don't realize it. No matter what job you end up with, the lessons you’ll learn will stay with you and ultimately arm you with the necessary experiences you’ll need not just to survive but to succeed.