The prospect of leaving school is certainly an exciting one. This is because
such a move would entail a lot of things like the person having to exercise
independence, decision-making and risk-taking. Such necessary steps are an
integral part of learning to deal with working life. As such, it is important to
watch out for pitfalls that could plague such a bright-eyed first-timer in the
The first danger to watch out for is definitely that of
unrealistic expectations. Many people who are stepping into the working life for
the first time do not do so cautiously but take plunges instead. They do not
consider if their expectations match the reality they are about to encounter.
For example, many think that armed with a university degree or other relevant
qualifications, the world is their oyster and hence they are assured of a
well-paying job with excellent benefits. But they fail to realize that these
qualifications are merely the passports to the respective jobs they desire. To
do well will take effort and proven ability. Many young people fail to realize
this and they end up disillusioned by their
experiences. Many resort to job-hopping to find that ideal job, failing to
realize that the ideal job is not to be found but to be created.
Another danger to watch out for is the tendency to overspend. Young people
who have their first taste of working life see the need to present a good image
of themselves. This means dressing up in appropriate clothes, which they have
had little contact with when in school. Proper suits, jackets, blouses or shirts
as well as leather shoes are certainly not de rigeur
apparel for a student. As such, the young person would find the need
to deck himself out in presentable outfits so as to create a good impression.
This could mean that they would have to rely on their parents' generosity or
even the many credit facilities that are targeted at them. Coupled with the
busier social life that they are sure to get caught up in, the young
school-leaver may spend more than he can make. Such a danger can be blurred by
his natural optimism that he is still young and will be able to repay all debts.
Unfortunately, that may not be the case and it may be far too late when this is
The working world is certainly not a hothouse
environment. Instead, there are many dangers, one of them being the ill
intentions of people who are out to prey on unsuspecting people. These may be
people who aim to lure the naive school-leaver into the seedy underworld of vice
and drugs by offering him a great deal of money. Others may deceive him into
believing that they are able to offer him a job with high salary and
opportunities for a fee. These may be obvious ploys but may still escape the
unsuspecting school-leaver. Thus, it is important that one checks out all offers
before signing on the dotted line.
Entry into the working world is definitely worth planning for and being
cautious over. As it determines the future of the entrant, it is always
advisable that one consults people who are more experienced in this area. In
this way, it will ease the way into the next stage of life.