Around this month, colleges around the country are holding graduation ceremonies, and a frightening transition is ahead — life after college.
I’ve been working for two years now and I’m still on an emotional roller coaster. But don’t fear this transition. College and the work environment are similar, yet different. To be honest, I’m having more fun now that I’m working than when I was studying in college. Either way, it is always about how you make the most of every day.
This is it. Time to choose a career path. One of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had was choosing between being a developer or a tester. To cut a long story short, I’m still working as a test automation engineer. And I’m glad I chose this path.
What is Life after College Like?
Life after college is a bit more liberating since you are now in control. Though, the difference now is you have more responsibilities.
When I was in college, I live by myself. My parents give me a monthly allowance and I’m in charge of paying the bills (electricity, water, association dues, etc.). Basically, I have to budget my expenses (my parents will not give me more money if I don’t). Aside from paying the bills, I have to prepare my food – breakfast, lunch, dinner. I do some grocery shopping every week as well.
Now, I don’t have to worry about utility bills. My mom and dad are in charge of cooking (by the way, they love to compete. They cook, and we judge who cooks better). I started to live with my family for a few months after I started working.
A percentage of my salary goes to my family, and the remaining is mine. Bills, bills, and more bills. I get never-ending bills to pay thanks to my cellphone plan, and my etceteras in life.
Life after college means you are more responsive to your actions. You have to budget your own money based on your salary. There are more frugal days ahead.
Your social life will change
Some of us choose to work with their friends in college, some don’t. In my case, I wanted to work in a company where I don’t know anyone. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone.
It’s not really difficult to meet new people in college since you are surrounded by people of similar age. But, in a work environment, you’re surrounded by people of all ages. Eventually, you’ll meet people and create new friendships.
What I like about life after college is I’m enjoying my social life. Work is 8 hours a day, I could hang out with my friends after work, go to the mall, or just do whatever I want without worrying about my homework, projects, etc.
It’s easier to travel
I find it easier to travel now than in college. The weekends are always available. If weekends are not enough, then make sure to plan ahead then file a vacation leave at work then you’re okay.
When in college, there are instances when your schedule depends on your professor even though it is semestral break or summer break already (I’ve experienced this with my boyfriend, and I still hate that professor. Lol).
Life after college isn’t scary at all. Some of you will have a hard time adjusting to a new environment but after a year or two, you’ll get used to it. Regardless, you’ll realize that you’re becoming a grown-up person and you get to choose better decisions.
To all the college graduates, good luck in your future career and make sure to have fun!