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Having myself reminiscing back then when I was a student, there are a lot of stereotype rumours rounding up on some of my classmates, apparently things that you’d do in a company in which in the long run didn’t really matter (or rather over expecting) and some ended up as a lie. So I’m here to list some of those things that fresh grads shouldn’t expect nor don’t consider at all in selecting their job. If you’re one, then hopefully this could shed a light to your thoughts.

 

Training

Now this has got to be the most common thought of the job. Training or should I say, an excuse to never excel on your task. Come on! Isn’t college or rather, apparently 4 years of studying already enough for your whats-so-called training? If you partake this as a consideration to joining a company, then you are having the wrong thoughts and let this blog shed some enlightenment. In my previous company, they highly discourage training because they have a motto in learning which I totally agree on: 70% of learning comes from experience, 20% comes from mentoring, and 10% comes from training. Putting that into context, your telling me that 10% is supposed to be mandatory? I know your just an entry-level applicant but trainings shouldn’t be always a big consideration. In real work even after your training, you don’t even get to apply everything you just heard. What I mean is do you think sitting down on a 5 hour lecture + hands-on labs will automatically make you an expert? Sure, trainings can be good but in the end, you might end up saying “Gaaah what kind of work is this!?!?!? This wasn’t taught on the training session”, blaming everything on the training. Pretty much how students complain about irrelevant subjects (Now do you get what I’m talking about?). 

Experience is the greatest key to train yourself. Just keep on practicing, learn from your mistakes, master your craft and grow to become professional. Even if you take training out of the picture, it nearly didn’t made much any difference. Sure, there might be some cases your training can be related to your work but I’d like to highlight something in line with my old article in section 8, this is no different to attending seminars where areas listening to a speaker the whole day wouldn’t instantaneously make you an expert. 

 

I’m not totally discouraging training. Its just that don’t always expect one even if your just a starter. Learn from experience.

 

High Salary

 

Some people comes to a point wherein their ego takes over and suddenly thinks that they can demand a high salary. Though it is possible to have a high starting salary as long as the company has the budget but it will surely deem a big responsibility. Remember, never be choosy on your first job. Just who do you think you are to demand such salary when you don’t even have work experience? Its not that I underestimate you. Sure, you can have work experience as early as when you were a student and you maybe be the top student (click here for my definition of “TOP”) but my assumption is clearly pointing to having no relevant work experience. You might ask “Is internship considered as work experience?” Technically yes but, expectations and responsibilities from an intern to a regular employee are totally different. You may have done your research on average salaries on your industry and it might seem high as to what you think. Make sure to get it filtered out to an entry-level type of salary because information from the internet can be very deceiving especially that most of salaries mentioned are for experienced people. College is totally different from the outside world and apparently only 20% can be really applied to it. In most companies, salary relies on the years of experience rather than true skills which I find kinda stereotype because there are possible instances that a junior level can be better than a mid/senior level which deserves more than them. If you think you’re good enough, make sure to have the right credentials and skills to prove it otherwise, its better to play safe and have a good reputation.

 

Grades as the gate to employment

As early as now, I’d like to say that you stand corrected. No, grades aren’t the key to getting employed and no, you don’t need high grades to have a job. Even if you failed a lot of subjects, you… or rather everyone has a chance to get employed. I know a lot of my schoolmates before who have good skill sets that are not really grade gurus but actually did get the job than latin honors/deans listers. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and each people has their own ways on appreciating knowledge. Most honors that I know only get good grades through memorizing but at the end of the course, boom, knowledge goes out to the other ear forgetting what he/she has learned. Having a mindset of getting good grades is not the right way to do it and remember, having a passing mark is different from passing knowledge. Compared to people having enthusiasm, they are the ones that are defined as “good” and rightful for the job. Flunking college is fine just as long as you don’t over flunk.

I hope I was able to clear your thoughts. Don’t take them personally. Just my 2 cents. Happy job hunting!

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