It’s been about 7 months since I’ve entered the working world or the #worklife or what you would call ‘finally being an adult’.

And let me tell you, as someone who has studied abroad and has then returned to her home country to work, it hasn’t been easy. Things have been great sometimes, but they have also been harsh. Unforgiving. Shocking. Lonely.

The transition from being a university student to being a competent adult in the working world comes with a lot of expectations, mainly from your elders, but also from your ‘successful’ friends on social media, and eventually, from yourself. (Yes, and you are the worst critic of yourself!)

This year so far has been filled with difficult times for me, but in the end, you always learn something from painful experiences. Thus, I came up with this list, pieces of advice I wish I’d followed before starting my work life after university.

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Ever since I’ve started blogging, I’ve openly written that my dream job was to be a writer. At first, I meant fiction writer, but as adulthood and the realities of the real world sank in, I diverted to becoming a freelance writer.

Being a freelance writer was not too bad. But at the end of the day, I was like: ‘is that it?’

Is this what ‘living the dream’ meant?

It was exciting to finally get paid to write, yes, but there was nothing more to it. So I started questioning myself: was being a writer really my dream job? Was this what I wanted to do for the rest of my life? The answer arose almost immediately: no.

That was when I decided to ‘change career paths’ and divert to digital marketing. However, my previous freelance work kept attracting companies and writing opportunities, so I ended up merging both my interest in marketing and my content writing skills.

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viable career

Dear future graduates, On the 11th November 2017, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) from Monash University. It has only been two months since I finished my degree (a bit later than usual because I had deferred an exam) and 1.5 months since I flew back to my home country (yes, only…Continue Reading “To Future Graduates: How To Have A Viable Career In 2018?”

ideal internship

I believe that the internships I went through when I was studying at my university were considered ‘ideal’, at least, at that point in my life. But first, what is an ideal internship?

An ‘ideal’ is not necessarily something constant across time. Your ideal job today may be different from your ideal job in a year. The idea of ‘ideal’ is pretty subjective.

In any case, here’s my take on defining an ideal internship: it’s an opportunity which brings you value, in terms of the amount of exposure of the desired job you would like and how much you want to learn on the job. It strives for the right balance between learning and doing. You’re not completing on your own but you’re not a coffee maker either.

An amazing team of supporting colleagues is a must too!

And a good remuneration package is a plus 😉

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don't give up

Before this website became a Survival Guide for University Students, I was planning to turn it into a freelance writing blog. You see, when I’m not studying, I write. In fact, I’ve been blogging since 2011. But I never thought of writing as a way to make money on the side. That was until I got my first writing job with Vulcan Post.

This website didn’t end up as a freelance writing blog because I don’t have enough experience yet, as compared to my university experience. Nevertheless, I figured I should tell the story of how I got my first freelance writing job because it might help students who look for writing jobs during the semester and because it is a reminder that one should never stop trying.

Grab your cup of coffee/tea, sit back and read on.

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