Many students in their final years are plagued by a deeply unsettling question: What lies ahead after school? Will they return to their village or seek refuge with relatives in the city? The future appears shrouded in uncertainty. Exiting the educational tunnel only reveals the entrance to another tunnel, marking a new beginning.
The post-campus phase is riddled with uncertainty, unlike the predetermined path from primary school to high school and university. The various paths available after campus seem unclear to many students, causing a dilemma even when presented with multiple options. Doubts arise about whether the chosen path is truly the desired one.
Transitioning into the real world poses challenges for fresh graduates without experience, compounded by the rising cost of living and high unemployment rates. The great expectations of high-paying jobs in prestigious companies, earning substantial salaries, are often shattered by underpaid internships, cramped living arrangements, and hefty bills.
Stepping into the real world unveils the harsh realities of life. Securing a job, making ends meet, and navigating the challenges of the outside world become apparent. The idealized notion of life without exams and academic pressures may seem relieving at first, but a different set of trials emerges, including temptations and obstacles that seek to derail and destroy.
Furthermore, the burden of student loans looms. The absence of financial support from government programs demands immediate repayment. The once-strong support system that accompanied students throughout their four years of education may diminish significantly. Parents, in particular, may share their own challenges and expect financial assistance.
Expectations from others also increase. As students transition into non-student life, societal pressures dictate certain standards of living. However, it is important to resist living beyond one’s means and to stay true to oneself, despite disappointing others.
The rising cost of living brings additional challenges, such as paying bills and transportation expenses. Those accustomed to the conveniences of hostel life, including free internet, electricity, and water, must adapt their lifestyles accordingly. If something is not essential, it may be best to forgo it.
Securing employment proves to be a formidable challenge, but giving up should not be an option. Managing expectations becomes crucial, and any job offer, even if the pay is subpar, should be accepted with gratitude. Moving to a new town, meeting new people, and establishing a new social circle are also possibilities, while maintaining old connections may become increasingly challenging.
As one embarks on this uncertain journey after campus, it is important to seek experience through internships, job shadowing, and volunteer work. Prioritizing gaining experience over higher pay can lead to valuable learning opportunities. Breaking the cycle of needing a job to gain experience, and vice versa, requires focusing on acquiring experience regardless of initial remuneration.
The career path will likely be filled with twists and turns, moments of ascent and descent, until eventually reaching the desired destination. Rejection from job applications or interviews can be disheartening, but persistence is key. It is essential to remain diligent in all endeavors, viewing them as acts of service to the Lord rather than mere obligations to others. Hope should never be lost, as God promises to never abandon or forsake His people.
In conclusion, let us remember to approach all tasks with diligence, working as unto the Lord rather than for human recognition. Do not lose hope, for God assures us of His constant presence and support. I extend my best wishes to all campus finalists and graduates for a prosperous future.