Editorial: To the graduates: It's a long shot

MARCH may be everyone's second favorite month next to December. For workers, it means a three-day long vacation and for students it's graduation (or not).

College students would almost always exclaim, "Alas! Our struggle has ended.", not really bursting the happiness bubble out of you but after college is worse, it is Hell- all the nine circles of Hell. College is just the Limbo phase.

While the name of your school and your Latin honor will help you get a headstart among your competitions in applying a job, your personality and dedication to your job are the driving factors that will lead you to success.

On your first interview, the Human Resource representative will ask you how you handle difficulties and stress (you thought you had enough in college), and of course, you will answer positively, saying "very well". You should remember your confidence when you uttered these words as you begin your job because it is not going to be easy and all of your workmates are not in the same page as you are, so expect a shaky ride.

After you briefed yourself, you should (might as well) have that talk with your parents to tell them that you are still learning the dynamics of your job (that's if your job is something new in the family). Make them understand that you would also take years to improve and be in control of your work.

Also, do not hurry the process, be patient- lots of it. Learning comes with patience, time, and effort. As long as you have your target posted at the back of your mind, you will not vanish from the tides.

If you thought that after graduation, there will be instant success, you thought wrong. As everything goes, like how long the Dao tree takes years to stand tall above the other trees in the forest, it would also take you the same to be the master of your craft and excellent in all that you do.

So, to the graduates, it is not the end of your struggle but the beginning of your success. So, make the most out of it and we hope that you do not lose sight. Wishing you nothing but the best!
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