Life Advice for New College Graduates
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a new college graduate, you will feel that the world is your oyster, that this is the start of an exciting chapter in your great life. Then you trudge around looking for jobs. And you trudge some more. And you trudge along until your funds are exhausted. You may settle for a job and toil for some time. Then you ask yourself, “Is this it? Is this what life has to offer me? Isn’t there supposed to be more?” </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Expectations vs. Reality</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What you experience after graduation may be a far cry from what you imagined your life to be while you were studying. Pop culture has preconditioned us to expect life to be all highs, not the <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/demotivation-overcome-mental-obstacles/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">doldrums</a> of everyday life. Tempering your expectations is better for your overall satisfaction. It does not mean that you should stop pursuing new experiences, though, it’s just that life won’t be <a href="http://www.edp24.co.uk/features/the-other-side-of-being-generation-rent-1-5509898" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">all fun and games</a>. Life will still be what it was like before you graduated, it’s just that you now have to do that dreaded thing: adulting.</span></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="800" height="600" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_201569343_S.jpg" alt="Life Advice for New College Graduates" class="wp-image-9684" title="Life Advice for New College Graduates" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_201569343_S.jpg 800w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_201569343_S-300x225.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_201569343_S-768x576.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your job may not be what you trained for</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. But I took up Marketing because “there’s no money in writing.” I got employed in a big bank writing up press releases for our corporate communications department, then became a marketing and sales officer for a different bank. Now here I am, writing articles that I love. It’s funny how life works out in serendipitous ways. You may not get the job that you set your sights on, but there’s no harm in taking on what life throws at you.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Experience is what you’ll get along the way</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you know how job ads look for new grads but ask for at least two years experience? Yeah, like duh! Just go ahead and apply for that job, they won’t weed out your resumé there and then. I got hired for a job when I was nineteen and they were looking for twenty-one-year-olds and above. Not everybody is qualified on paper. What’s important is showing your willingness to adapt and learn.</span></p> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-5090 size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="681" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/shutterstock_1493332487-1-1-1024x681.jpg" alt="Life Advice for New College Graduates" class="wp-image-9686" title="Life Advice for New College Graduates" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/shutterstock_1493332487-1-1-1024x681.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/shutterstock_1493332487-1-1-300x199.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/shutterstock_1493332487-1-1-768x511.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/shutterstock_1493332487-1-1-1200x798.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/shutterstock_1493332487-1-1.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>You are the potter of your life&#8217;s vase.</figcaption></figure> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nobody knows what they’re doing</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All the adults around you are also figuring (expletive deleted) out. Nobody knows the answer to everything. Like one of my colleagues said when I was ranting out about messing things up: We do the best we can. </span></p>