I grew up with ideals of success repetitively instilled in me harder than a jackhammer on a construction site. My dad always said education is the key to success, which to this day I still don’t doubt. I was fortunate enough to receive an education from the top public university in the world, so by the social norm and, of course, the public’s interpretation, that should mean I attain the golden ticket to a life of immense triumph and corporate hierarchy.
Graduate life is a bit of a free-fall. Most of our lives are thoroughly structured through education up until the point we get put in those robes and the camera flash goes off. Of course, there will be a few of us who managed to secure graduate jobs prior to being unleashed into the wild; however that can't be the case for all of us, and it certainly wasn't the case for me.
So I've been out of University for about a year now, and so much has changed since the simplicity of Uni days! I thought it would be as simple as "get a degree, get a job within the degree you have, live happily ever after!"
Listen, I know what you're thinking. There's that ugly word. "Survival Job." It's dripping with the kind of self-serving arrogance that all millennials seem to bathe in. A person ought to be grateful for whatever work they can get, right? A person ought to be happy that they've got food on the table, a roof over their head, and if they're exceptionally lucky, money to save.
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A life worth living. What does that mean? Are you ready to take the next steps after graduation and become an adult? Are we ready to take on the responsibility of finding a job and living on our own? Do we have what it takes to do this on our own? If you are anything like me, I want to say yes to all of these questions. Realistically, I can’t say that I can say yes to all these questions.
(Disclaimer: This is my personal view and this is based on my home country. I am aware that countries and cultures differ. However, I think that most of the points that are made are relevant to most Western countries.)