Remember when you were young and carefree? Remember how you had all the time in the world to do everything you wanted? You could watch movies the entire day and still have a few more hours to take an evening stroll with that lass from next door even though her dad was apprehensive about your late visits? Surely you must remember the youth camps and the bonfires and the texting all night and I hope that’s as far as you went.
Then campus came along and classes were just a few interruptions of the fun. The party weekends; oh, what was in that drink? Life became about pushing limits. We were free. No parents, no curfews, no Christian Union meetings, no limits! The world belonged to you (and most of the young women in it). Life in campus was even better when there were riots. Such adrenaline! You still have the scars and stories to accompany them. Just like in high school, before you knew it, the four years were over and you were ready to go “out there” and make money and perhaps change the world…but more money than change.
How long has it been since you graduated? How many job offers have you had? What was the starting salary they offered you? Hmm… They actually asked for “something” in return for you to get the job didn’t they? Really, in this day and age? Oh you are considering it? Wow, all the “fun” and education in campus never prepared you for this huh? Well the good news is, you are not the first to experience these things and neither will you be the last. Now that you are here allow us to share some “wisdom” with you that we have “collected” along the way.
First, swallow your pride and take that job. Yes it has nothing to do with what you studied in school and it doesn’t pay much or even pay at all. It’s about the principle – this job will help you develop certain skills. These skills are what most employers look for; ability, better known as experience. I know some of your friends got a job that offered them cars and mortgage facilities before they even left campus but since you haven’t gotten such offers, take whatever is on the table.
Don’t make the mistake of comparing yourself with others. Time and chance happens to us all. For some chance comes faster while for most of us it takes a little longer. Whichever group you find yourself in whether it’s the sprint or the marathon the principle remains; grow yourself. Set goals. Don’t be comfortable with where you are – with little or much. Go the extra mile. Do more than you have been given more than you are paid to do. Volunteer to anything that offers you a chance to grow your skills. Yes I said skill not money. If you are lucky you will get both. Take advantage now before you have responsibilities like family that require more predictable working hours.
Get involved youngling. Start now. One day you will learn that you can’t really change the world. But before you come to that realization, give it your best shot. Challenge everything! Don’t accept the mundane and norms the world imposes on you. Ask those irritating whys and why nots? Step out of your comfort zones and step up for what you believe in. Take risks! Dare!
Get involved in the leadership. Look for opportunities to lead. Learn to be accountable. Why? Because unless you know what it means to lead, you can’t identify leaders. So you end up voting for whoever looks handsome or pretty on that ballot paper. Always remember you have and will have interests in the country. Chose a good Captain for your ship or you will end up in a destination that you are unfamiliar with. What’s the point of working hard only to lose everything that you have worked had for?
Whatever you do, SAVE for a rainy day. Not just money, save the environment, save your relationships, save your contacts! You will need them in future. Always be yourself. No matter how little you think you have, learn to give. For crying out loud learn to WAIT! Nothing happens overnight. Everything takes time. Be patient. Always thank God for both the good and the bad that you will experience along the way. These things eventually make you who you are. And for your information, you will turn out just fine. Breathe, dream, laugh and enjoy the ride!