Goodbye being a Student, Hello Real World!
April 11, 2010 4:20am CST
I just graduated last March, 2010. I am not pursuing for a post-graduate degree yet so I'm a non-student from that moment until I pursue further studies. The feeling of graduation is not new to me but what strikes me is the fact that I'm no longer part of the academe but of the real world. I have to face the real challenges of the real world. I can no longer have an excuse that I am still a student and I have studies to worry about. I am now faced with the challenge of proving myself to be capable of handling the pressures of the real world. I am up for the challenge, though. And first thing to signify that I am capable is to find a job. I am looking for one now. I hope I land a job that is fitted for me and that I will enjoy very much AND that I am WELL COMPENSATED. :D
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12 Apr 10
The transition from a student life to corporate life is both challenging and interesting.I finished my engineering in 2007 and was placed with a garment manufacturing company.While you are a student,you keep dreaming bout being independent and earning for yourself.And that excitement lasts till about 3-4 months into your first job.It really feels great to get your first salary.You kind of start respecting yourself and start feeling self worth.But after some time when the word load piles up and the stress levels increase you begin missing your student life when life was so easy....:)...Though at that time you felt that this life is so tough-exams and classes,when will i ever get rid of these!!So,the point is that every phase of life has its own excitements and demands.I quit my job last year and have again become a student pursuing my mba degree...:)....Moral-Try and enjoy every phase of life.However it is,it is not gonna come back!!
14 Apr 10
Thanks for sharing your insights and experiences. :) Yes, it is true, every phase of our lives has its demands, ups and downs, happy moments, etc. Well, I guess when we look back to our student life, we would see it as easy because life at work is really hard but believe it or not, when we were still a student we would say exams and other school stuff are hard because we have another basis. I'd like to pursue MBA someday when I get sick of work or if it is necessary for me to progress in my work status. Yes, I am enjoying every phase of my life. :)
12 Apr 10
I am a college student,in two yeas,i will graduate the same to you ,but i don't eager the social life at all.In china ,as a student ,my parents give me money to pay for my daily life ,i have no pressure to make money ,and my friends all be friendly to me.but after i work ,i have to compete with kinds of people.And real world is too challenge ,cruel .though i don't like the real world.but we have to face it when we grow up ,so ,good luck to you !!
14 Apr 10
I agree in the principle of what you said. Yes, we will always be a student of this world because we will never cease to learn and experience new things. What I am trying to say that I will no longer be a student of an academe. I am using the word "student" in that context. But I agree on what you said. :)
11 Apr 10
hey man, congratulations! if youre planning to pursue further studies, i recommend you start immediately. originally, i was aiming to enter law school after getting my bachelor's degree, but my bank account dictated that i get a job and postpone such effort. so i applied for a job and got hired. but i still held that desire to enter lawschool. just last academic year, i entered law school (1st year). and believe me, its rather difficult; i cant leave my work because if i do, i cant pay for my fees. if you really want to pursue further studies and if you can support yourself financially (or if your parents are able to pay for your school fees) then you should definitely do it. but if you want to land on a job, all i can say is good luck and hope that you'll find one that will satisfy your expectation.
14 Apr 10
I really want to experience having a job before I pursue graduate studies. Actually, what you said is true but I am bit tired of school already. I need to take a rest from school and experience something new. And probably go back in school when I have to. I may miss schooling. Hehehe. :)
11 Apr 10
Hey u, Congrats first of all and welcome to the new form of life. Be prepared to face some extreme challenges of life which u never thought even in yr worst nightmare and at the same time always remember that moving in the right direction and working hard always produces good results. Iam sure there will be plenty of moments in you life where u will be tested and tempted to choose the wrong path or the easier path and in that very split second you have to choose and pick the right way. Pray to god that he gives u the power and wisdom to do the right things in life and hope he gives u success in life. Cheers, Tutul
14 Apr 10
Indeed there will be lots of things that will test me and my principle and values. However, I think I need these things so I'd be better and better. And yes, I will pray to God to shed me the power of wisdom so I would be able to choose to do what is right. :)
15 May 10
Congratulations! Welcome to the real world. I had the same feeling four years ago. And now that I've been working for four years, I sometimes feel that I want to relive the student's life again. Lol. I feel excited for your upcoming job huntings and job interviews. I am really hoping that you would ace that interview and get a job that suits you best. I suggest take this opportunity to learn and meet new people, establish good and strong network/connections and acquire new skills since all of these will be beneficial for you in the future. Work hard, party harder but make sure you allot some funds for your savings. Develop the habit of saving as this should be one of your unbreakable priorities. Expect rejections, approvals, praises, criticisms, achievements and failures. All of them comes to anyone's life whether at school, in the office or even in the streets or even at home. MOst importantly, make sure to keep your character and integrity stronger, guard your heart and keep your heart clean all the time. Good luck!
16 Apr 10
Congratulations!What is your major?So you want to get a job first then continue your study?Whatever you choose, don`t waste good opportunities that come to you, as long as you are sure you can do it. Keep exploring, and welcome to the UNIVERSITY OF LIFE! (like what former President Sukarno said in his speech when my dad graduated many many years ago ).May GOD bless you always, good luck!
12 Apr 10
Exactly pal...Student life has no family pressures, neither personal ones. The fact of the matter is as you had said, we use that as an excuse to stay a little lethargic. But life is a period of continuous learning. There is no end to it. Maybe of course you would have decided not to pursue studies through a college. But lo!!! You tend to or atleast need to learn as time goes by. Thats my take. Anyways good luck to you. :)