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A Lesson Before Graduation

Updated on July 6, 2013

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.

Congratulations! Class of 2009.
Congratulations! Class of 2009.

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."


Know your skills.
Know your skills.

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.


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    • snowdrops profile image

      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Great write Spy. What you've learned is a lesson for life.

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      Lot Rillera 4 years ago from Philippines

      Congratulations spy on your 4th years in HP, It make me thought , what if you didn't stop writing, with that four years, maybe you earned a lot. Well , atleast you realized that you have though a skills too in writings, and honestly, I like all what you have written. A big applause for you ! :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Lot and Snowie..

      Yeah, i've thought about that too.. and thank you so much for liking all my works. :) very much appreciated.

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub. Very useful and interesting - voted as such

      John

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I will be following your journey every step of the way. I love your work and I love the person that you are.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for this hub. You are teacher other people who write hubs a very good lesson. Voted up.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      unknown spy...thank you..now I can add something new to my bucket list..never know what you can do if you don't give it a shot ! very informative ..thanks for sharing..

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you much sir.. Appreciate your kind words :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Michele..thank you for the read :) and for the vote!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello there kj force. Yes! you are very correct, you'll never know if don't give it a shot and just quit. But thankfully, I'm now returning on the right track.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written and interesting hub on your journey that took you right back to HP. Bigs congrats to you my friend on your fourth year here on HP.

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Tom! Thanks for stopping by and read :) Yeah, way to go!

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      Ms. Spy:

      Great advice. The student has become the teacher--and a very good one at that.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Inspirational writing, unknown spy. I haven't given any real thought to anything but writing here. I believe everyone learns on a different curve. Now that I feel more confident in my writing ability, I'm going to try to understand Google adsense. Initially, I found it overwhelming and felt until I wrote something worth reading, earning money took a backseat. From what I gather in your words, there is some element of control in earnings. Now, my goal is to understand it. Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great write,never giving up on anything is the xecret. Glad you got back to hubpages.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      why, thank you for the kind words Larry!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Amy. It takes time to learn something new but its worth the effort. Yes, the goal is to understand it.. I honestly say that I really need an extra to pay for the bills, it takes time though and my earnings not quite enough but i surely not give up on this. It's a win-win situation :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      many thanks vellur!

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      Voronwe 4 years ago

      Great hub, unknown spy! I just found your work...greatly looking forward to read your hubs. I'm studying Computer Engineering too! Cheers.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Ohh I love this!! Thank you Voronwe! well..goodluck and all the best for you!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      That's a great lesson to learn - to take what you are good at, and work to get even better at it. It is wonderful that you learned the lesson early in your life.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much MT :) well, have to try my best..that's only my weapon to start hunting for work back then :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Ah, life lessons. :) Glad you finally found your place, we're lucky to have you as a wonderfully talented writer. :) Keep up the great work. Voted up and more.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you TToombs08! God bless and have a nice day!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I am so glad you came back unknown. I love your work and look forward to each new thing you have to say.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Oh, thank you so much bravewarrior..glad i came back, i've known a lot of good people here on HP.

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