Helllooo Melllooo Peepoos! Happy Sunday!! I would like to share my experiences after graduating from university. These may not be the best tips or advice, but I do hope it helps you somehow somewhere right now.
Okay. You just about to finish your 4 years engineering degree at your beloved university. At the moment, you probably had signed up for job street, LinkedIn or any other sort of job searching platform. You goggled the best possible resume template and laid down your best result and achievement on the paper. Make those First class honour in bold! Haha.. The proudest moment when you finished writing and proof-read it. That sense of achievement. Unbelievable!
I have been searching for a job for about 6 months after graduating from university. Now, I am happily hired. Here some post-college/ university life tips before work. Your family, relatives, neighbours and friends will ask you about your future plan, what kind of work you will be doing, what kind of industry, career, salary. Yesh! Those typical questions I have been answering for the past six months. So, prepare yourself well, it’s okay if you could not answer all but along the way you will know what to answer and what do you really want in life.
Post – Graduation To Do List
1) Spent time with your family
Yes. Your family. You had spent plenty of time with your friends and college/university mates back then. Now, dedicate your time, energy and commitment to your family. By the time you graduating from college/university, it is one of our parents proudest moment so remember to thank them for all the sweats and tears they had gone through so that you have better opportunity ahead. Do remember that we aged and so does them. Hence, spent some quality time with them, have breakfast together, allocate a long afternoon tea-time conversation or go on vacation with them. Especially if you are away from home during your college/university years, there are time where your parents deeply miss you. Cherish and make the most of every moment with them.
2) Take care of your health
College and university are some of the places where we partied and got drunk irresponsibly. The next morning we waking up on our bed and forgotten how we got back home. We spend number of endless nights staying up late catching up with the whole season of Vampire Diaries, studying for the final examination at the very last minute or playing LAN game DOTA with your neighbour. All these crazy moments and experiences we are going to share and laugh about in the future. No doubt So, re-adjust your body biological clock, eat well, take care of your diet, hit that gym and get your annual health check done. Today, work stress, financial issues and heavy job loads are inevitable and had caused many young adults to have chronic diseases at a young age.I suggest this would be the best time for you to work towards your optimum health! You want to live long to tell the tale. Take good care of yourself first so that you can take care of your elders and loved ones.
I do believe in some point of life, everyone has this idea of setting up their own themed cafe, opening their Chinese influenced restaurant, establish their own clothing brand. Me too! I’m currently working toward funding my own filming studio starts up. Some of my friends are working as barista to earn necessary experiences so that one day they will be able to have their own version of Starbucks. So, if you have an idea or any passion, protect it, do whatever it takes to gain your knowledge in that industry, make friends with people of the same ambition. This may just grant you an open door for another oppurtunity! Who know, you might be the next Pestle & Mortar!
4) Reunited with some of your childhood friends
Remember Joshua? Yes, the one who look like Ronaldinho. He got three kids already. Wow! Yesh, time flies! By the time you read this, I probably having my first grandchildren. Go and meet your primary school classmates, old friend or that David living next door! Go and have some good time with them too! Remember, when career takes over, you gonna spend most of your time with your colleagues and bosses. There are no wrong to it but your childhood friend and you gonna have so much to catch up and you guys probably spent the whole night with some deep meaningful conversation.
5) Pick up new skills/ hobbies
Always wished to learn to play piano or spinning the track on the turntable with your headset on pretending you playing for a huge crowd in Tomorrowland? Go and register for some short courses now! Do not wait for the right time or you have enough cash. Work it out! Do it now! Plenty of working adult participated in part-time classes just to pick up new skills or enhancing their interest. Utilise your free time fully! Sign up for yoga class or something. Do what you love!
6) Participating in local event
Been away from home, I realized how many great local events that I had missed. So many great individuals are organising incredible event at their very own hometown. Participate at a local community event, invite your friends and family. Get to know the organising team and you get to spend some awesome weekend with your family and friends too.
7) Visit some local attractions
Food addict? Nature Lovers? Get to your know your local attractions! Places where you have grown up! Be proud of your own hometown. You may never take all these blessed attractions for granted anymore! You look at these with a different perspective and you appreciate every little thing. So, go and enjoy those local delicacies that you always craving for a while in college or visit the sandy beaches for some peaceful getaway.
8) Go on the trip of your lifetime
Road Trip?! Surfing in Bali? Jungle trek in Borneo? Go and do it! Plan your trip with your best buddies! Do not worry about an expensive trip! Budget road trip with your buddies gonna be fun too and it only cost a little! You would not trade a five-star experience with this. Trust me!
9) Meet your kindergarten/ primary/ secondary school teacher
Find them, meet them and chat with them. They might threw books at you or canned you publicly in the past, but they did it to disciplined us They are unseen warriors that help to bring up the next generation. Talk with them about life, I’m sure they will be open up to you. Have some deep and meaningful conversation, most teachers are very wise and they may give you some life tips that can be useful for you.
10) Start Saving Up
Normally towards the end of the month, I normally got so broke that I only had one meal per day. Start saving up for your future and if you plan to invest soon, you need large sum of capital too. Remember work to break away from your parents financial support and learn to work smart to earn your living. This maybe sounds cliche but every succesful person in life learn how to increase their savings to start their own business, to travel, or getting invovle in investment. One day, we might end up with a 9-5 jobs for years in our career. Remember, do not end your productive life, work to be what you want to be not what they society want you to be. Be creative, be yourself and make a positive impact even it was only meant for yourself and family.