Graduating from college can be one of the most exhilarating times in anyone’s life. It can also be the most daunting, as you prepare yourself to face new challenges ahead. Once the excitement and the parties have simmered down it’s time to start living like an adult. Here are 8 practical tips to help fresh graduates survive the real world.
Live a simple lifestyle
Life is about to get more complicated, so make sure to keep some aspects of your life as simple as you can. Don’t feel pressured to take on more than you can handle, especially if you’re still in the process of transitioning to your new routine.
Start acting like an adult
If you want to be treated like an adult, you need to act like one. This means knowing what your priorities are and doing what it takes to make sure that you keep them straight. For example, if you were a hard party goer back in college, there’s no reason to go to happy hour every night after work. Make the effort to go to work as professionally as you can every single day.
Do your homework
Graduating from college means you have to go get a job now. So before you show up for any interviews, make sure to do your homework. It’s time to quit cramming and start reading up on the companies that you want to work for. Doing your own research on companies will help you: get a clear vision of where you want to be and the road you need to take in order to get there.
Once you land a job, being the new kid in town is going to be quite nerve wracking. Everyone will want to see if you can make the cut out in the real world. Make it your goal to come to work on time and deliver quality work. Keep your head down and commit, to showing off what you can do to your superiors in the first couple of months.
Just because you’re making minimum wage doesn’t mean you can’t start saving up for the future. Spend less than you earn so you can set aside a fixed amount in savings. Start mastering the art of budgeting early and you’ll be setting yourself up for a financially secure future.
Start an emergency fund
Living in the real world means you’ll encounter real problems. So to save yourself from serious financial setbacks, it’s important that you start an emergency fund as soon as you can. Set aside at least 10% of your monthly salary for your emergency fund. This way, you’ll be able to cut back on your frivolous spending and develop a saving mentality.
Choose quality friends
No matter how social you were in college, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to keep those friends as you move on with your life. As you start work and meet new people, make sure to choose your friends wisely. Everyone deserves
to have friends who aren’t just there for the fun parties; but who will also be there when things get tough. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you.
Never stop learning
Your learning days are far from over. In fact, they’re
just about to get much more interesting as you take on the challenges of real life. Join activities that will not only enrich your career, but also your quality of life. Explore your passions to see what other things you can do.
And always remember, the real world isn’t as bad as it seems. With the right mindset and enough hard work; you’ll turn out to be a success.
Yyanna Reema Marquez is a student writer based in Manila. An Interior Design graduate and currently enrolled in the best graduate school in the Philippines, she loves to eat ice cream and watch basketball games. Follow her on Twitter.