Welcome to reality

Philippines
April 20, 2011 12:41am CST
I just graduated from college and now I really wanted to go back to school. I researched on the salaries of being employed and it made me realized that my weekly allowance is bigger than the monthly salary. But sad to say, my father won't support me anymore since I'm already old enough to find a job. I'm new to these things,I'm broke and unemployed. I need some advice. Do help me. =)
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13 responses
@yallit (3678)
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
Welcome to the employment or unemployment world (whichever is the case). I see that you're in the Philippines like me. The question is, what course did you graduate from? You may want to consider working in a call center for the meantime while looking for that dream job of yours as well.
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
I finished nursing and it's really a competition here. Call centers are not really my thing. I'm not confident to speak fluent English.
@yallit (3678)
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
If you're a touch typist or good at dictation, you may also want to check out available jobs in the medical transcription industry.
20 Apr 11
hi alex.. welcome to the world of unemployed nurses.. we have same problem, call center is not i really wanted. i want to practice my profession in the hospital but, i'ts not easy to find a job or to be hired as a staff. you will experience such volunterism thing..
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
I heard that these year, their are almost half a million graduates in college. Maybe some of them can get a decent job right after they march, but mostly will be added to the ballooning numbers of the unemployed. It is because of the said skill mismatch, many are applying for the job that are not related to what course they have taken.
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
you're right! some of my batch mates applied in different call centers, working as a crew in a fast food chain and cashiers. I'm planning to take up another course just find more opportunities.
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
and if you see the other side of it, most who are employed are those who were not college graduate.
@spockers (221)
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
yup, his right. Your life outside the school premise is just starting. You had your qualification, and that give's you edge to other that are only graduated in high school. Be open minded, you had a lot to experience outside your campus, your school is just a piece of what we called world. Godbless.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
21 Apr 11
Well, fresh graduate should not look for salary when applying for jobs. You should look more on the opportunity to step up the ladder. Even when you are underpaid, as long as there is a chance for you to learn more and some carriers to look forward to to, go for it. You can always work online in the night or work part time somewhere else on your free time to pay the bills. You need to adjust your life, too.
@spockers (221)
• Philippines
21 Apr 11
Absolutely correct, for the newly graduate, what they really need is the experience, so every opportunity must be grab to earn credits and experience, neglect the salary first because you well come in that time, and you can demand for that if you had a lot of quality that you get from your experience.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
25 Apr 11
It;s good that you understand. Now you can apply for the best...
@scheng1 (24850)
• Singapore
20 Apr 11
Hi Alex, I think your father pampered you too much when you were in school. He probably realized his foolishness, and tried to help you. If you continue to look down on earning low salary, you will never ever succeed in life. The best thing for you is to go into army, and experience hardship and discipline. You will not regret when you look back many years later.
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
your'e right, I was really a spoiled brat. But, I can't handle being in the army so I guess I'd rather discipline myself outside the military. Anyway, thanks so much for the concern, highly appreciated.
@scheng1 (24850)
• Singapore
20 Apr 11
Hi Alex, you are definitely not a spoiled brat. The fact is that your father insulated you from the real world. If he had given you just 20% of the allowance, you would look forward to earning your own money, and be rid of his miserable support forever. If you are still looking out for a cushy job with high pay, you can forget about it. With the economy in this stage, it is impossible to find unless your father has powerful friends to help you pull string. Since you are young, the best is to try working from the bottom, even at minimum wages. You will find many interesting people. You will see how the people at the bottom of the organization chart perceived things so differently from the top management.
@katrinapaz (2438)
• Philippines
23 Apr 11
hi there alex rae! this is the real world. I am a nurse too. I have waited 2 years before I was able to be employed in a hospital. My first tip for you is to go back to school and get a masteral degree and then do volunteers and get a tough backer to get you into the hospital you want to be employed. That is the bitter truth because as you said there is a lot of competition now.
• Philippines
23 Apr 11
It took you 2 years to finally be employed?? whoah!. Thanks for the advice, it will surely give me a lot of thinking to do. I better start by focusing on what I really want my life to be.
@ivane07 (76)
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
Hey, you're not alone! You are one of the millions of graduates who are unemployed. I have graduated recently and until now, I still couldn't embrace the fact that I am no longer a student. My parents and sisters even decreased my allowance. However, I am planning to look for a job because I don't want to be dependent on them. I have to earn money in order to suffice my needs. And I think that is the best thing that you should do right not. This might not be easy and you will probably have to attend a lot of interviews before getting a job. But just give your best shot and ask God's grace. For sure, you'll be ok. Just believe in yourself and keep reminding yourself that YOU CAN get a job and YOU WILL be able to provide your own needs.
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
I wish you could share some of that positivity. I really appreciate your advice and I'll try to always put that in mind. Thank you!
• United States
1 May 11
I have a year left before I graduate and I can't wait to leave school! I guess the grass is always greener on the other side no matter which side you are standing on. My grandmother is also currently supplying me with a generous weekly salary and I know that when I get a job (IF I could get a job), it is more difficult to earn than just having a loving grandmother. Still, I can't wait to leave school and try my hand on the job market. I hope you find a good job soon.
@millertime (1398)
• United States
22 Apr 11
Hi alex_rae and welcome to MyLot. You sound like a lot of the college graduates of today. You want to graduate college and start out at a job making a high end salary right from the start. In reality though, even though you have a college degree, you are inexperienced and will have to start out your work career at the bottom and work your way up. Don't expect everything to just fall into place for you. You will have to go out and work for it, but that is the way of the world. College is the easy part, now it's time to go to work. Just like the rest of us! Good luck!
• Mexico
21 Apr 11
well......... the best advice i always give to teens like you ... well .. its too late but i hope more of the younsters will catch, i always say that one year before graduate students most start looking forward, exploring the field on what they are getting specialized like most of you going abroad considering many options, i hope for those about to graduate have hear this ans start moving around, any way sooner or later you have to do it, do im i right?
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
maybe you just have to try working. thats where all successful employee started. and after that you can be hired on higher position and that includes a higher salary too. maybe you just have to be patient.
@keshia2007r (2886)
• United States
20 Apr 11
If you want to go back to school make sure you find a field that is hiring. I'm sure you heard of the case where a student is sueing her college because she couldn't find a job. I see no case here, so I don't think she will win. I'm in college now, my major is in health care, and of course healh care is always hiring. I would suggest to just find a job, any job to get you on your feet until you finish school again. Or keep trying to find a job in the field you just graduated from.
@spockers (221)
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
That's one of the worst problem here Philippines. Our newly graduated student cannot find a job that are in their field, that's why many of us think to go overseas because the unemployment rate here in our country(ph) are high. Many of our competitive graduates and force to work below their qualification. And that must be address by our government, on how to lowered that percentage of graduate that falls to the unemployed sector of our community.
• United States
20 Apr 11
Work hard and live within your means. Over spending is one of the biggest down falls of those just starting out Especially ones like yourself who where lucky enough to be spoiled by loving parents. I wish I had had that issue then again I went into the world ready to fight the on coming rain of bills. Good luck to you and everything you do.