Adulting 101: How it really feels like to be out in the Real World


The photos in this post are from months ago when we were preparing for what it felt like the biggest moment of our teenage life—our graduation. This was aligned with our graduation pictorial as a part of the package we availed which included toga, formal, and creative.




I have kept these photos for quite some time because I honestly couldn’t think of the right context for them. But today, I would just like to share with you how different my life has been since these shots were taken.

I think it was in early March, just two months prior our big day. My friends and I planned the shoot a bit later than the majority of our classmates, and it was a little difficult to set a schedule because almost all the dates were already reserved for other people. Luckily, when we inquired at RELANS Digital Photography Studio here in Manila, they said there was still a vacancy and so we took the reservation right away.



My good friend, Yan Alabado, came up with the concept of our creative shot. We had to bring our own comforter because we figured there wouldn’t be one available at the studio. I’m glad we did. The shots looked great, and we were very happy with it.

At the time, we were still working on our thesis but we were just finalizing some stuff, so we figured it was about time that we declare we were actually finishing college. Cheers!

In mid-March, Yan applied for a position at a prominent media company here in the Philippines as a production assistant. I also applied as a graphic designer for a casual restaurant chain. The interview was on my birthday. I blew it. I literally just laughed at the interviewers since I had no idea how to handle interviews. And so it is evident that I didn’t get in. I was so tired that day, but maybe it just wasn’t for me.

Thereafter, I received text messages from three different companies regarding a job interview on the same position. But the locations were quite inconvenient for the salary, so I passed on them.

A few days after his application, Yan told me he got the position. I was happy for him, but I knew my time would also come. And so days had passed, and before I knew it, it was only a week before our graduation day. That was when I started being anxious about what was coming to me. Actually, nothing was coming to me, and that’s what bothered me big time. What will I do after college? What if no company would want to take me in?  And so I decided to really dig in for opportunities.



Again, I received a text message from another employer. This time, it was for a position of editorial assistant for a magazine publishing company. The location was also quite inconvenient, but at least if I got in, I’d get to work for a media company. So, the night prior the interview, I read everything I had to know about the company, some tips for the interview, and prayed for the Lord’s guidance. After like two hours of sleep, I got my ass out of bed and hustled my way through the busy crowd of Cubao until I was finally on the train bound to Makati.

I was half-asleep during the examination. I didn’t know I had to write so many articles including some essay-type personality test. I think I spent about three hours finishing the answer sheet. I didn’t have breakfast or anything yet. I was exhausted, and I was sure I would fail the exam. After lunch, I got back for an interview with the HR. I think I nailed it, but they told me I would just have to come back for the final interview if the EIC liked my answers and decided I was fit for the job.


The night of that same day, I got another call from the HR. They asked me to go back the next day for the final interview. And so I met with the EIC, Dr. Rafael Castillo, who is also the CEO of the company and a sought-after cardiologist in the country. Doc Raffy seemed like a very kind man and he didn’t make me feel like I was being interviewed by a nobleman. He just asked a little bit about my background and my skills, and he was so nice that he even walked me back to the HR’s desk. They told me I’d get another call if I passed, and I did just after a few days.

The very next day after my graduation, I was asked to report to the office. It was my first day at work. I was finally out in the corporate world—my new life, my new home, with new people. I knew there was so much in store for me, and I was so eager, if not prepared, to face them.

This is the first half of the story of my transition from being a full-time student to being a full-time corporate employee. The second half will be posted really soon.
Adulting 101: How it really feels like to be out in the Real World Adulting 101: How it really feels like to be out in the Real World Reviewed by Lyka on October 05, 2017 Rating: 5

17 comments:

  1. Wow, it's amazing that you were able to find work like this so quickly after graduating. It took me a couple of months. Congratulations to you. I look forward to reading part 2.

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  2. it is a crazy world out there, much to face and learn... but then this is how one grow and mature

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  3. You are so lucky that you got a job like that so fast after graduation! I know it must have been exhausting, but that's part of the whole transition experience. I hope you are doing amazing at your new job!

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  4. It's great how you got your job real fast, congrats and enjoy your new experience and journey.

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  5. Congrats on your new job. It's nice to see your studies are appreciated and well payed.

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  6. 100% agree. These are great photos!!

    Sondra xx
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  7. It's nice that you could receive job opportunities just after the graduation.These photos are creative!

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  8. I love the photos They are so creative and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. These are some great photos. I recall I how felt going from student to adult. My transition was easy because I was ready to take on the corporate world. It was parenting 101, that was the challenge.

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  10. That transition can be so tricky. But it's like the caterpillar becoming the butterfly. You have to go through it to prepare you for all you'll face once you're there. Best on your journey!

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  11. Love the photos. And yes, adulting is at times very hectic. You seem to be doing just fine :-)

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  12. First off, Congrats on graduating and for the new job! Adulting happens so fast, it just seems to sneak up on you when you least expect it. Time will ease your fears and you will get the hang of it in no time at all.

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  13. what a creative photo shoot! love the pics and love your story welcome to #adulting !

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  14. Congratulations on graduating and on your new job. I must say, your graduation pics are far more sensual than the average photos in the United States. I guess that's an honest part of adulthood yeah?

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  15. YAY!!! Congrats on graduating and for the new job! Adulting happens so fast... you get the hang of it.

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  16. Congrats on both! Lucky you that you were able to land a job in just a short amount of time. I wish we had creative part of pictorials during our graduation, it's more fun I'm sure, unfortunately we only had toga and formal. Time flies so fast, so is adulting.

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  17. Wow! Just wow! These photos are so creative and another wow for getting a new job right after graduation.

    Wannderzel by Hazel

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