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    17 Tips That Pinoy Newly-Grads Should Absolutely Follow ASAP

    Adult ka na, whether you like it or not!

    1. Make sure you are cleared.

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    Make sure that you have finished your clearance so that you can lay-back and chill. You don't want to be surprised by a forgotten requirement when it is time to claim your diploma.

    2. Take down important dates.

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    Don't forget important days like the release dates of your diploma, your graduation photos, or your yearbook. Put them in your calendar so you can remember.

    3. Catalogue your college stuff.

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    One perfect way to say goodbye to your college life is to catalogue all your papers, exams, and readings. Toss out anything that's not important, and keep what you want to use again in clearbooks or folders. Label them clearly so they're easy to find.

    4. Clean your laptop too.

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    Don't forget to clear your laptop or computer also by removing any materials left from college. Transfer them all into an external hard disk.

    5. Get government IDs immediately.


    As much as you hate to admit it, graduating from college makes you an official adult. And much of the requirements you need to accomplish as an adult require government IDs. Use the break after graduation to secure them.

    6. Get a passport, too.

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    It's a good idea to get your own passport, if you don't have one yet, because your future job might open you to travel opportunities. Make sure to find a schedule for your passport application as soon as you can, particularly because schedules are hard to come by.

    7. Research jobs.

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    Do a quick Google search for any available jobs in your wanted field, just to see what's possible for you. Sure, you might want to take a break for a bit, but it never hurts to see if there are employment opportunities for you.

    8. Research the competition too.


    Some job market sites let you check the list of who applied for a certain job opening, their general skills, and how much salary they're expecting. Look at these lists to so you have a general idea on how you should approach your job applications.

    In general, it's best to ask for a starting salary that's in the median of those who already applied. You don't want to ask for low wages, but you also don't want to ask for super high rates that the employer will be turned off.

    9. Draft your resume.


    Start a rough draft of your resume that's tailored to the jobs you saw on your research. If you saw several job openings, it's best to write different ones for them. Make sure that the objective or the opening statement would look attractive to the employer receiving the resume.

    Not confident with your writing skills? Ask a good friend to compose your resume for you, or pay a professional to do it.

    10. Talk to your character references early.

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    Another part of your resume that you have to prepare for is the character references section. If you're a new graduate, that usually would be the professors you grew close with. Talk to them early on so you can get their permission (and so that you can tell them to talk highly of you when an employer calls them).

    11. Prepare your pre-employment requirements.


    Every employer has different requirements, and it's good to prepare them so you're ready. You have to get at least two government IDs, an original copy of your birth certificate from the NSO, your college diploma, your grades or transcript of records, and a certificate of good moral character from your university.

    12. Have your photos taken professionally.

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    Go to a studio to have the photos you need to attach to your resume taken professionally. Selfies just won't cut it.

    13. Be healthy.

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    You need to take a medical exam for your job applications, so make sure that you are healthy. Take care of yourself, eat the right diet, don't sleep late, and stop taking drugs, if you do.

    14. Shop for office clothes.

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    If you still don't have professional, work-ready clothes in your closet, it's time to shop. You don't have to splurge if you don't have the cash; just get the basics, like a simple white polo, khaki pants, a blazer and a good pair of leather shoes.

    15. Learn how to drive.

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    If you have a lot of free time, you should consider learning how to drive. Metro Manila's public transportation is still horrendous, so knowing how to drive yourself to work would ensure that you are always on time.

    16. Think of your financial future.

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    One of the regrets of 30+ year old adults (like me, *clears throat*) is not thinking of good finance practices when we started working. If I already went ahead and started investing early on, then I would already have a solid financial background right now. I might even already be a millionaire.

    Avoid regrets by being wise with your money as early as today. Don't spend too much on unnecessary gadgets, skimp on expensive meals, and look for ways to grow your money. Thank me later.

    17. Make general life goal plans.

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    Lastly, write down what you want to achieve in your life in the future. It always pays to have a goal that you're looking at, so you can quickly recalibrate if you lose your way.

    Happy adulting!

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