School leavers – things to keep in mind

After spending years on completing a formal education, you’ve finally left school.

So now you may be thinking, what’s next?

Moving on to the next step seems like the hardest thing to do as most of you might still be clueless as to what to do in the future.

Here are some things you should consider now that you’re a fresh school leaver.

Explore new environments

Education goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. Among the skills that students do not get to learn in the classroom includes social skills in different environments.

So, it is important for you to make your own discoveries and develop these skills in new environments such as in part-time jobs, internships, and if possible touring universities.

Venturing into new environments outside your comfort zone can be intimidating.

However, experiencing new environments will be rewarding in the long-run.

Make new friends

After graduating from school, naturally you and your friends will go your separate ways.

Some might pursue higher education, while some might choose to take a year off before deciding on what to do next and others may enter the workforce.

Whatever your plan is, it’s always good to meet new people and make new friends outside
of your network of school friends.

However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to keep in touch with your school friends because it’s too easy to drift apart.

Your school friends may be some of the most meaningful relationships you could have, and could also last the longest.

Talk to more people

It is normal to not know what you want to do after graduation and that is okay since you have a long way to figure it out.

For this, try to talk to more people from different professions and fields.

Their experience might provide you with some insight on what you might want to do as a career.

Learn to save money

Saving money may not be high on your list of priorities right now, especially since you’re probably not earning anything at the moment.

However, it’s crucial that you start to make saving a habit as it will definitely help you throughout your life; whether in college, at your first job and beyond.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Millennials’ guide to making a good impression in the workplace

According to most articles online, millennials are often perceived as lazy, entitled, and unproductive workers.

While this may not be true, if you’re a young working adult who just got hired for your first job, making a good impression on your co-workers is vital to disprove those stereotypes.

To create a good impression at work, these simple tips may help.

Email etiquette

For a generation that’s used to replying ‘k’ instead of ‘okay’, writing a formal email is a unique challenge.

When writing formal emails, remember that it’s part of your professional brand.

Do greet the email recipient respectfully and be clear, concise, and polite with regard to the content of your email.

Lastly, always end it with ‘thank you’. Also try keeping it professional by creating an email account with your first and last name.

Dress code

Unless you are working in the fashion industry, flashy outfits are definitely not acceptable when working in most offices.

For young adults, who just started working in an office environment, it’s important to find out if your company has a dress code or not.

Some companies may have casual dressing, while others may go for a formal dress code.

Communication etiquette

Different generations may have different styles in communicating.

Do note that when you’re speaking face-to-face, body language plays an important part in conveying your message.

If you’re too casual, you might be perceived as lazy or uninterested. So, do learn the correct manner of speaking to your superiors or your colleagues.

When communicating, keep in mind that you should always be trustworthy, honest, and respectful towards others.

Addressing conflicting ideas

For millennials, typically problems at work for you often arise from differing minds and the different communication styles of colleagues who are not from the same generation as yourself.

This is especially true now that the gap between generations is further widening due to the adoption of new technologies in the workplace and different working patterns.

When facing conflicts, remember that the people you work with are on the same team and have the same purpose as you, so don’t be too quick to judge or make assumptions about why they behave the way they do.

Instead, be obvious about your own motives and ask if you can share your ideas or concerns and always encourage your colleagues to respond or share their perspective on matters.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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