There is always that feeling of accomplishment after every graduation. You’ve finally passed your studies, celebrated your success with your friends and ultimately accomplished something on your educational journey.
But after all that euphoria of conquering everything from your past dies down, you start feeling that sense of dread in your system where you gradually stop reminiscing and are forced to focus on what lies ahead.
Sure, you can either start working, build your own business or pursue higher education by taking up college. Sometimes you find yourself sandwiched between relatives and peers who offer you different pieces of advice.
Even though you’re fairly sure you’re planning to take any of these paths, there’s still that confusing feeling where you don’t know if that’s exactly what you want. And it happens to everyone! It’s what we call the “Now What?” phase, and if you’re starting to feel it, consider yourself reminded of the following:
College doesn’t have to start immediately.
With the advent of senior high, going to college is still a path that most take since majority of employers in the Philippines still favor college graduates. But the choice is ultimately yours; you don’t immediately have to start your college life!
Taking the trip to college right after senior high isn’t always for everyone; some might choose to take it after a gap year or working for a year.
Any job can take you places.
There will always be that expectation from people who want you to get better jobs after senior high. But do you think working in retail or moonlighting as a security guard won’t do you any good? At the end of the day, any job experience is valuable! Staying lazy and unproductive after your high school years won’t translate well with your future job prospects, after all.
You don’t have to know your major.
Are you still unsure of your college major? Or are you still mulling over your senior high school track and now thinking of pursuing a college course in a different direction? It’s completely normal to be unsure of the path you want to take. Your choice of career doesn’t have to stay that way forever and, more often than not, people tend to shift college courses and even pick careers outside their majors right after college graduation.
Make new friends while keeping the old ones.
In a fast-paced world where people are busy with their respective lives, it’s hard to take friendships for granted. Don’t be scared of making new friends while keeping in touch with old ones from your high school, though! If you’ve had great relationships during your high school years, their presence will surely help you during your educational journey.
Curiosity can stimulate the brain in many ways, and asking questions is known to be a sign of intelligence. So go ahead and take keep finding answers – why not take free online courses in the meantime or seek advice from older, established people? Who knows? The next question might lead you to more answers that will help you in the long run.
Pause and reflect.
It’s okay to not know what to do just yet. Everybody has their own body clock and you don’t have to follow theirs! Simply take a breather and know that whatever choice you make will be okay.
Want to know what else you should do after senior high? Do you still want to learn more about senior high? Or have you finally decided on what school to attend for college? Check out all these tips and more on Edukasyon.ph!