Welcome to the real world!
Students are excited to end their college days and earn that degree they have been striving for.
Well, most of us know that regardless what the future may bring, many fresh graduates look forward to a grand vacation. After years of burning the midnight oil, is it really the right time to chill?
Most of them have been given the notion that if you have a degree, getting a job will not be as hard as it used to be a decade ago. Is it true? After graduation, should you go on a grand vacation or look for your first job?
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Here are 5 reasons why the latter could be the right choice.
- A ‘better opportunity’ will come
Let’s say you have been looking for a job. You went to interviews smartly dressed, but in the end you declined the offered jobs as it did not fit your expected income. You are confident you;ll strike a better offer. Is there such a thing as a better opportunity?
There are millennials you have high expected salary because they think their degree deserves it. And it is not just the income. They want a job which they can flaunt in their social media to impress their family and friends. This is not practical at all.
Remember that you are a fresh grad. You may have a degree but you lack experience. It does not hurt to start at the bottom and work your way up.
And if you think it will take a longer time to get to the job you want, you can take a job at the factories or car dealerships. The pay is fair and at the same time you can look for a job while already earning for yourself. Being young and financially independent is something also impressive.
- Long break is unattractive to employers
How long do you plan to stay on vacation? There are employers who dislike fresh graduates who took a long time to find their first jobs. You better have a good explanation why you did not work for longer than a year.
Longer breaks will make you seem either too picky for a job or happy-go-lucky. If you are asked for your reasons, you better not say that you are still looking for a better opportunity. This will earn you a negative impression.
- Start your savings
The earlier you start your work, the earlier you can start saving up in your CPF account. What’s in it for you? CPF can help you get your home, have retirement benefits and even education loans for your future children.
No matter how much you earn in your job, you employer is subject to provide 16% of your CPF contributions. This is still something compared to a zero amount. Imagine how much you could save up in a year.
If you start working earlier that your peers, you will have a good head start. You will not only have CPF savings, you can also learn more skills, gain experience and get more contacts. These are advantages you do not get with degree alone.
- Degree isn’t a guarantee
Degree isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get your target job position immediately.
Yes, you earned a degree after studying for a few years. Your degree might give you a bit of advantage getting a job, right? But what if there are a lot of fresh graduates also eyeing the same job and they also have the same degree?
A degree may give you enough knowledge and skill to start and stay in your chosen career but it does not guarantee that you get your dream job easily. You are also not certain if you will be offered with promotions by just having that degree. Why?
Degree isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get a promotion.
Most employers prioritize the interpersonal skills. They will consider how you interact with your colleagues. This includes your professionalism and leadership. It will be a real advantage if you can show that you have learned new skills while you are on the job.
- Not diving in your industry makes you obsolete
If you do not get a job as soon as possible, you will be obsolete. You have learned theories at school, but these will change after a few years.
Take for example the Basic Life Support. Health care providers learned that it was ABC: Airway, Breathing and Circulation. They need to check the vitals and do needed actions according to this order to revive a person. After a few years, it is now changed into CAB: Circulation, Airway and Breathing.
The good thing with working in the industry as early as you can is that you can move forward as the industry moves on. Your employer will pay for your trainings and you will learn more which you can use to show that you deserve future promotions.
Vacation may seem fun, but you can’t take back the time which you could have used to kick start your career earlier than your peers. You have time in your hands and you can convert it into advantages.
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