As we all know, students only stay students for a while, some short, some long but it always ends at some point. A lot of people get out of school knowing what they want to do, they have a job secured or have thousands of interviews lined up. However, there are some who still feel lost after school. Some people who went straight into post secondary after high school only know what it’s like to be in school so when there routine is disrupted the real world hits them in the face like a ton of bricks. School can only point students in the right direction, it’s up to them to make the final call. No more curfews, homework and mandatory classes. What is the real world? It is supporting yourself and and making choices that make a difference in the long run. High school and post secondary can feel like they take up most of your life, but really it’s a small fraction of the big picture. That’s what the real world is… The big picture. The big picture means not thinking in the moment. There is so much to think about, family, friends, health, job, relationships, hobbies. The list can go on and on. That’s the most overwhelming thing about life after school. It’s unpredictable and sometimes unforgiving but you persevere because in society today there many tools out there to help you succeed.
Social media opens the door for so much opportunity that they might not have had 10-20 years ago. In that regard this generation is lucky to have access to all this new technology and information. Being independent and self driven has never been easier when you can build and entire brand and platform for yourself online. The tricky part is, is that everyone wants a piece of the pie. For a radio student, over 200 podcasts are being made everyday, so there is no shortage. The hardest part is getting your name and brand out there and setting yourself apart from the crowd of everyone else trying to get some. That’s something that they try to teach you in school but you only really learn the most important lessons through experience as well as trial and error. That the thing, you may be out of school, but you are still always learning. You never truly stop being a student because there is always a lesson to be learned and something that you can do to better yourself. The real world forces you to constantly better yourself, sometimes you are not bettering yourself for personal gain, a lot of the time the more you better yourself the better the people around you respond to your positive energy. Surrounding yourself with people who share your interests and support your goals is another crucial part of going into the real world. It’s hard sometimes to keep all your connections from when you were growing up and meeting new people in the real world can be challenging sometimes, but there is always someone out there for you who will support you.
The biggest and most obvious part of making it in the real world is making money and being successful. People always think that they have to have a super expensive and fancy education to have any hope of making decent money (or enough to live comfortably) and while that may be true for some jobs, there are plenty of independent opportunities. It’s the hard truth, but anyone can make a living off social media these days, whether it be a fitness, beauty or comedy themed pages on any of the major platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) can make tons of money from advertisements, endorsements and shout outs (endorsing other peoples pages). Not saying that you have to make money this way if you didn’t go to school or are not sure of what to do, the point is that opportunity is out there
The most important thing about getting ready and going out into the real world and joining the workforce is to stay positive and don’t give up. You ARE going to make mistakes and experience setbacks, the most important thing you can do is learn from your flubs and failures and learning. This going back to NEVER stop being the student. You have to work hard to be able to do what you love and make a living out of it. Some of the most influential and successful people did not graduate from college. People like former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Coca Cola CEO Charles Culpeper. They had a vision and they never gave up. If you are ever feeling like you can’t do it look up how some of these insanely successful people did it when no one else thought they would. Take these next few years of your life to find the secret ingredient for you happiness. It may not come right away, but most good things don’t. there would be no fun and pleasure if everything was just hand to us. It’s up to us to find our self worth, for so long we had number and grade define our self worth but now we have to go out there and show the world that it doesn’t take a boat load of cash and an education at some 1000 year old university to make a name for yourself in this great jungle we call adult life.