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The pitfalls of the working world for a fresh school leaver
 
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 real world.

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 eventually realized.

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.

     
disillusioned   disappointed
     
de rigeur   required by etiquette
     
hothouse   conservatory
 
 

 

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