3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Graduated
Graduation season is here once again. Listen to what advice past graduates have for the class of 2017!
Commencement is around the corner and as a fresh graduate, it seems like you’re finally on your own with your future in your hands. Your previous life of hitting the gym or meeting friends in between classes is over. Are you really ready to start ‘adulting’? Here are the three most important things I figured would be helpful in kickstarting your life in this new phase:
Change is really the only constant
This is your plan: complete twenty years of education, get a stable job, apply for that BTO (build-to-order), get married, have kids and live life with that salary you’re drawing. But you know what? Life never really goes according to planned. Heraclitus once said that the only constant is change. Today might be the day you’re thrown onto a different path (and by path I don’t just mean career). Embrace it because you never know where this new route will take you. You may have just found a passion you never knew even existed. Your original plan? It’s your basic guide and a rough map.
You can’t shortcut your way to success
Ever heard of seeds with crops that could be harvested right after they’re planted? When you work on something, don’t cut corners – put in 50% of the effort and you’ll get 50% of the results. You’ve probably also heard of that phrase, “life is a journey, not a destination”. You’re ambitious and you want to arrive at your destination as soon as you can. But as cliché as it sounds, have you truly enjoyed the ride? This journey might have created circumstances that could value-add to your own personality these experiences are invaluable.
Monitor your coverage
A long-term coverage plan is essential because not only does it protect your interests, it secures your wealth and provides an investment channel as well. You just got your first paycheck and would like to leave a portion of that money into another savings plan. Before you know it, you’ve got a few insurance policies under your belt. Are you keeping track of each one of them? What if you had an application that could do just that? PolicyPal is Asia’s first insurance mobile platform that can store all your policies in a folder and allow you to submit claims just as easily. For fresh graduates like you, convenience should be at the tip of your fingers! Any transaction made through PolicyPal can be confirmed within two days and the best part is, there are exclusive deals available on the app. I dare say it’s an app I can’t live without already!
If you think you’ve had enough of classes and lectures during your university days, sorry to break it to you kid, but you’ve got a million and one lessons to experience post-graduation. Be thankful and absorb as much as you can because each one of it could potentially add value to your wealth of knowledge and skills. Enjoy your adult-life, this is just the beginning!
This article was first posted on Wei Na’s LinkedIn page.