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As a student you probably would not believe us if we tell you that are absolutely naive and no, you are not on top of the world.
You will soon graduate from the university, service year is going to be awesome (at least according to the stories you’ve heard).
After service, you are going to get a job, have a family, build a home, become a millionaire and live happily ever after.
There is just one problem with your plan. The only problem with your plan is the real world.
This article is to lets students know things to look out for before they graduate so they don’t get railroaded.
1. A Degree Does Not Entitle You To A Job
We all know getting a degree means a lot of hard work and commitment but because you have a degree does not mean somebody is going to grant you an automatic job offer.
Gone are the days when all you needed to get a good job was a university degree.
We were all told the same lies in secondary school, get a university degree and a mouth watering job would fall on your lap.
The smart people are the ones who figured out this lie early in school and made sure the time they spent in school would separate from other students who were busy enjoying school life to the fullest.
It’s time to get your head out of the sand.
2. Start The Job Search Before You Graduate
Job hunting is a complicated thing and there is no almighty formula for you to acquire a job. Job seeking is not something you can “cram” for and pour out everything during an exam. There are no cheat notes for post-graduation experience.
The job hunting business is an on-the-training experience and the best way to get ahead of your colleagues is to start your career exploration during your service year or better yet during your university days.
You can research branches of your field, do internships (industrial trainings), find out what size of company is for you, and practice job searching techniques.
Put these tips in play and by the time you’re done with service, you’ll be prepared for the next phase of your life and it will be quite tricky for reality to hit you with tons of bricks.
3. Facebook Is Forever
Not just facebook, but twitter, instagram, and every other social network that you decide to be a part of.
What does this mean to an average student? Well it means that every obscure joke you post on Facebook, every explicit picture you share, every inappropriate comment will be visible to the world when you become famous or when you go job hunting.
At the very least, know how to manipulate your social media privacy settings and restrain yourself from littering your social media accounts with unfitting content.
Being appropriate on the web is just as important for a political career as it is for finding employment. Your binge drinking photos might be funny now but they won’t be so hilarious in five years time.
4. Life Is Expensive
You are probably surviving on the allowance you receive from your parents right now and you’ve realized that life can be expensive, EXPENSIVE.
Just wait until you have to live on your own, probably during service year or when you get your first job.
By the time you pay for house rents, transportation fare, recharge cards, light bills, water bills, food, utilities, and every miscellaneous expense. It won’t take long before you realize that life is expensive.
Everything would suddenly become so expensive that you would sometimes feel like crying.
This is one of the most painful things to learn. EVERYTHING costs money.
Anytime from now, you should learn how to create a budget for yourself. Otherwise your rent will be due, your kitchen will be empty and you will be busy dodging from the people you owe money.
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