Mitzi Ilagan | ExecutiveChronicles.com
If you’re a Peter Pan, then lucky are you because you’ll never have to grow old. Though it’s not being unlucky that we, mortals would grow up, it’s still a tough job to go through years of studying and then having to work after. Can you relate to these struggles upon entering the “real world”?
- It’s not easy to find a job.
I tell you, unless you’re a top-notch graduate from a known university, your job search would be like finding a toddler inside a big mall on a holiday. You may have a lot of prospects in mind but not all of them would respond to your application. Even entry jobs would require certain experiences and skills that recent graduates do not have.
- Allowance > salary
A thousand bucks may have been more than enough for you to live for a week in college, right? Projects, transportation, food, and some booze — it’s got you covered. But when you’re already working, there will be a lot of computations and budgeting even when you’re a communications graduate. We’re not talking about Friday night-outs, movie dates, cheat days and retail therapy here. You will be expected to pay your own bills. Also on the the list are water and electricity bills, grocery, cable, and the like. It will be hard not to miss the days when all you have to do is ask for money from your parents.
- It’s a serious thing.
In college, you could be late for 5 consecutive classes without being reprimanded for as long as you submit your requirements. In the “real world”, aside from getting deductions from your salary, you’d also be receiving a memo from the boss. Even when you find it hard to feel like a professional at 20, you have no choice but to be one.
- You’re back to zero.
You may have been one of the famous students back in your university, but does not count for job promotions. You’d have to possess the skills for that certain field in order to excel. And that you could get by learning and studying even after going to school.
- It’s tough to be tough.
You and your college friends would likely go separate ways after graduation so it’s just you alone who’d go search for a job, find a place to stay in, do grocery shopping, and eat out for dinner. If you aren’t used to this lifestyle, then it’ll be harder for you to adjust from your previous routine. You’d have to be tough in order to survive fast-moving cars, strict bosses, overcrowded public transportation vehicles in the “real world”.