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Graduating? Are you ready for the real world?

Graduating from college is one of the biggest days of your life. At that time, it is the only thing in your mind, and after four years (or more), you will finally be reaping the benefits of your hard work. Writing and finishing your thesis is not a joke, and some of you have probably gone to great lengths to submit all chapters to your advisor. Others have more challenging requirements to complete, and none of it can come close to being accessible.

Also, other things make college both the toughest and best four years of your life. During college, you will find out that your minor and non-specialty-related subjects will take more time and effort from you. During college, you will face harsh professors that do not consider and bother to accept late submissions. Lastly, there will be classes that you will find daunting but ironically take again next semester. You will hate these parts, but you will love the moments and lessons you gain in between those hardships, and college will be a fun memory to look back to years from now.

When you are in college, it might seem like the most critical thing in the world, and in many ways, it is. However, once you graduate and step out in the real world, you’ll realize that there’s a lot of things that college didn’t prepare you for.

This article will try to help you out gain your footing after graduation. Here are three things you need to prioritize after getting your diploma:

Your prospects

Remember when your parents and professors told you that your internship is important? Yes, it is. Your on-the-job training will be your learning curve in finding out which industry do you belong to. There can be times that what you took in your internship won’t be where you will go after school. However, there are times when companies absorb students interning for them in their company. That sounds great, don’t you think? But not everyone is that fortunate.

So after graduating, you need to check in on your prospects. Where do you want to work? Where do you think you can start? How will you get in? Those are a few of the things you need to consider to arrive at a sound decision.

If you’re thinking of taking a break for a while after graduation, that’s completely okay. But it’s best to use this time to contemplate the direction where you want to go in your career path.

Your social requirements

The Philippines is one of the countries with many requirements to submit before being a working professional. There’s SSS, PhilHealth, BIR, PagIbig, and the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to begin with. Not to mention you have to get your National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, Passport, Postal ID, and driver’s license. If you think your high school clearances caused so much fuss, wait until you had to apply for every single one of these requirements.

Indeed, these government agencies now automate these processes. Still, it doesn’t forgive the fact that not many graduating Filipino students are aware of the new procedures, and that alone can be a hassle. Additionally, practicing professionals in the country need their PRC licenses, and every three years, they need to apply for a PRC license renewal.

Not many colleges and universities teach this, but it might be easier if you start early. Being a student has its perks. Agencies and even banks will only need your student ID and registration form to approve your applications. Whereas after graduation, you will find the situation a little more inconvenient. See, there are instances when you cannot get one ID without a specific ID and the ID you were trying to apply for, which is why you were getting the first ID in question.

Your own equipment

You probably do not hear about this often, but you will be on your own after graduating. Some courses and specialties need tools and equipment, and some schools provide you with them when you are a student. However, you won’t have access to your school’s laboratory, studio, library, etc., after graduating.

Suppose you are a multimedia artist who excels at photo editing, videography, and animation. You will be lucky to find a first job that can provide you with a powerful computer that can render everything you need. See, there will be many jobs out there that will require you to have your equipment. That’s unfair, but that’s the reality too. So after graduating, this should be one of your priorities. You are a working professional now, and you will need your own equipment if you want to thrive in your industry.

Graduating is both an ending and a beginning, and college is a great time in the lives of many. However, after you leave school, you will realize that you’re back to square one. Although that will certainly feel this way, it gets easier as you wade through life.

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