A Lesson Before Graduation
Graduation is not the end of your journey. It’s only the beginning.
HubPages and I met four years ago and started writing one or two hubs. Then I stopped. I just renewed my time with HP just three months ago (last week of March 2012). I did not come across HP accidentally. It was introduced to me by someone who taught me a lesson that I needed before I graduate.
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It was summer of 2008; during my 4th year in college. After my fieldtrip on this big city, I decided to stay and take my OJT here. I was accepted on a company that works on a software and marketing blog for quite some time now. During my interview, they asked me what my skills are. Well, it’s a simple question but I’m grasping for answers.
I don’t know what I’m good at! All I know are all theories on computer software, hardware and engineering. I really never thought about getting or enhancing a real skill for a real job! I really can say, I took school for granted.
Luckily, they offered a list for me to choose.
You may have guessed that they did not hire me. Well, they did. The taught me about blogs, how to write and how to earn thru it. And since I was so innocent about these blogging things, I have to learn from scratch, read a lot and figure how to do it on my own.
When it’s time for me to leave their office, I mean for good because I’m going back home, they gave me a food for thought. They told me this:
“Since you still have one more year to finish school, you will have to do your best to learn at least one skill that you could use after you graduate. Finding a job in this big city isn’t easy especially you have hundreds of competitions.
What you need to do is highlight on that company what you’re good at. Since your course is Computer Engineering, you will learn what computer skill you’re excelling at and that you will have an edge to other competitors. If you’re good at troubleshooting computers, then you might as well take time to study and experience real troubleshooting.
If you’re good at programming, try to make use of your work like making a program that is very useful nowadays and think who will use that kind of program.
And remember to practice and practice. Don’t use your last year at school on Friendster and other social networking sites. When you want to succeed, then use your time wisely. Just let me know if you’re going back here."
Then there. I came home trying to think of what I could really do which I can really use after this college journey. I started to experiment each site they gave for blogging but that time, I don’t really know what to write.
But the HP really caught my attention. I like the site. I like their profile page and browsing is easy and fun. I search and searched for info about Google Adsense but I really did not understand it.
My big mistake was, I just failed to browse the Account Settings of HP. You can really manage your earning settings from there and they gave you step by step instructions. So I really quit. I did not understand the mechanics of how to earn nor are you going to earn thru writing? It sounds fake to me.
So time has passed and browsing the web looking for money online, I did remember HP. I’m now ready to write and make every experience a lesson to learn. It took me quite some time to set-up my earning program page but it’s all worth it. Well, if only I just didn’t give up that easily.
But I’m thankful that I’m now a part of this community and I really appreciate all the time my first employer taught me. I’ve prepared myself before stepping out of the 4-corner classroom.
What You Need to Know:
- The Power of Positive Thinking
Whether you THINK YOU CAN or THINK YOU CAN'T, you are right. Attitude is contagious, are yours worth catching?
- Dare To Dream! (anyway, it's Tax-Free)
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember that you have the power within you; the strength, the determination and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.
- Bee-lieve In Yourself, like what Bee Barry did!
Why are you trying to fit in when you were born to stand out?
- "The Value of Time" from an 8-year old kid's perspective
This time, like all times, is a very good one; if we know what to do with it.