"Here's to another
important stage in our life…" is the usual line heard from a valedictory
address during commencement exercises. Indeed, graduating from
college marks a new phase in a young person's existence, when choices
that most often dictate a graduate's future are weighed and decided
Below are some "choices" that new grads ponder
on after taking their graduation rites. Read on, think about your
own option and smile (or sulk) about it…
CHOICE #1: Work
Not surprisingly, this is the most common option that new grads take,
as most of them just can't wait to get hold of their hard-earned money
and make all their material dreams a reality. These aspiring yuppies
spend their time job-hunting, distributing their resumes to all companies
of various nature, and also to their relatives for referrals. Others
feel lucky to be employed even before graduation, and will not need
to apply in every nook and cranny of the corporate world.
They will engage themselves in all kinds of interviews, and exams,
and will get extremely very excited when a job offer comes. Several
months after they are employed, they will usually realize that they
will have to spend some 40 more years of their life working their
heads off. This may sometimes make them feel not so lucky after all.
As if four to seven (sometimes eight? Nine?) years of studying isn't
enough to wear out a student with schoolwork, some new grads take
even more formal classes. Because of the very competitive nature of
the employment world, they take graduate studies to get better job
opportunities than what they can reach with just a college degree.
They continue their journey into books and paperwork and more professors.
Some learn to love these books and professors so much that they continue
studying till they get a PhD or a post doctorate course for that matter.
Like those who start working after graduation, they will also find
themselves busier than ants. Some of them end up as academicians,
public servants, business executives, or find greener pastures abroad.
CHOICE #3: Vacation
Since some graduates take the "lifetime busy schedule" into account,
they don't engage in any form of employment just yet. Instead, they
pamper themselves with a long vacation, usually out of town or out
of the country. They feel deserving of a relaxing vacation after surviving
4-8 years of classes, papers, projects, theses and psycho professors.
Others stay on "vacation mode" for as long as 1 year, leisurely killing
their time in different parts of the Philippines. Those with rich
parents have the privilege of touring the world for as long as they
wish. Soon after, (or maybe 2 years after) they will also want to
join the work force, only to realize that all the good jobs back home
have been taken by those new grads that are just itching to earn their
CHOICE #4: Get Married
These lovebirds wait painstakingly for graduation day so that they
can finally take their marriage vows and settle down. They will manage
the family business or their own business (where the capital was taken
from daddy's bank account), or probably rely on daddy and mommy to
shoulder their expenses for their first few years until they can fend
for themselves. Although not always the case, the bride to be is either
pregnant or... pregnant.
CHOICE #5: Bum Around
Some graduates consider this as the best reward they can give themselves
for getting through four (sometimes even seven) long years of hard
work in college. Imagine an indefinite time off from any form of work,
not a 2-week sem-break, summer or Christmas break. Not just some three-day
holiday from work. No rush with class enlistments or job-hunting,
or any wedding preparations. Just days and days of lying on the couch,
watching TV and just plain bumming around.
Still, others do something productive during this period, like ridding
their rooms from other living creatures that have inhabited under
their beds, behind their headboards, or in their closets and drawers.
When they get tired of sleeping and watching TV and cleaning and rearranging
their entire house, and when they're already too fat to fit in their
door, that's when they will finally consider getting a job.
CHOICE #6: Duo
A combination of two options at a time, like
working and studying, is also another choice for the eager graduate.
And there are those lucky enough who get married and bum around. =)
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