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So, Fresh College Grad Na Ako... What Do I Do Next?

Here's a little guide to get you ready for post-college life.
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Ah, graduation—a bittersweet moment for every college student. On the plus side, you’ve overcome years of being perpetually sleep-deprived and are smarter for it. On the down side, you’re saying goodbye to friends you’re with practically six days a week. It also marks the beginning of financial independence and this thing we all dread called “adulting.” Don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling half-nervous and half-excited for the real world. Here’s a little guide to get you ready for post-college life.

Know the basic difference between a CV and a Resume.

Finding a job is almost automatically the next step after graduation. While many fresh grads take their time in looking for a first job, others just don’t have that kind of luxury. Job hunting often means you’ve got either of these documents with you (and a portfolio, if necessary). While often used interchangeably, here are the basic differences between a CV and a resume, according to University of California, Davis' Internship and Career Center:

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Curriculum Vitae (CV) – Latin for “course of life.”

  • Typically longer than a resume
  • Contains your academic accomplishments and qualifications arranged chronologically

Resume – French for “summary.”

  • Typically one page long
  • Summary of your educational background, relevant work experience, and skills, arranged reverse-chronologically

Prepare your pre-employment documents.

Aside from a resume or a CV, you’ll need these pre-employment documents for your job hunting journey:

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  • Birth certificate
  • NBI Clearance (A document that states whether criminal cases have been filed against you.)
  • Transcript of Records (A document that contains a student’s comprehensive academic record including the courses taken and the corresponding grades for each course.)
  • BIR Form No. 1901 for the issuance of TIN (Accessible at: bir.gov.ph)
  • SSS (Social Security System) Membership Registration Form (Accessible at: sss.gov.ph)
  • PAGIBIG Membership Application Form (Accessible at: pagibigfund.gov.ph)
  • PMRF: PhilHealth Membership Registration Form (Accessible at: philhealth.gov.ph)

Know where to go job hunting.

Where can you scout for job openings without fear of being scammed? Sites like JobStreet and LinkedIn are most often used by corporations to handle their job openings. In the age of social media, however, there are a couple of Facebook groups (often localized to a certain college or university and moderated by alumni) where companies and employers can post job openings, most of which are considerably reliable avenues for job hunting.

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Open a bank account.

Assuming the job hunting went well (fingers crossed!) and you’re now officially a worthy recipient of a monthly salary, it’ll be wise to open your own savings account (even if you have one for payroll). It’s always a good move to be smart about your money, and having your own bank account is a good exercise of that financial independence.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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