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What I Learned About The ‘Real Life’ That College Failed To Address

Before graduating from college, I had my life planned out almost entirely. After graduation, my plan was to go backpacking to Europe for 2-3 months. Then after that, I would move to either NYC, San Francisco, or L.A. At which point, I was going to work for a consulting firm or a major bank either as a financial analyst or an investment banker. 2-3 years after working and doing the corporate grind, I would go to a major business school like Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, or even Harvard (my top lists). Then after that I would go back to consulting or banking and just keep working until I become a partner. Well, it turns out that things are much easier said than done. Plans, apparently, are made to be broken. 

Before College

  • I thought getting good grades were enough to land you a decent job. By decent I mean, $50,000 a year with benefits and other perks. 
  • I thought it would be easy getting a job given the credentials that I have on my resumé. Good school, above-average grades, great experience and good recommendations. 
  • I thought everything would be a smooth transition. That is, graduation, travel to Europe, get back to the U.S., then   get a job and work. Things just didn’t work that way. 

After college

  • I learned that unless you come from a top 10 program in your school, which in the Univ. of Texas was Engineering, Business, or Accounting, jobs wouldn’t just be handed to you. If you don’t come from a top 10 program, you better have a stellar GPA or really great experience like say, an internship at Goldman Sachs. I had a 3.42 GPA in economics with a minor in math and that wasn’t enough. 
  • I learned that if you have a good resumé, there’s easily 100 people with better resumés. Improve your interviewing skills. Your resumé gets your foot in the door but beyond that, it’s all about the interview. Make the interviewer like you and respond with absolute enthusiasm in the company.
  • I learned that without the security of a job, which will give me the much needed cash-flow, it will be very difficult to accomplish all these travel and relocation plans. It’s doable, though, and I know some people who have done it. Pretty soon, I’ll get to travel a lot and it will be amazing. Image

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There’s Life After College

Introduction

My name is Gabriel Hernandez and in May 2012, I graduated with an economics degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Great! Now what?

This is where my story begins. I’m part of the millions of lost college souls who just got out of the bubble and are now looking for direction. On the 10th of July, I decided to fly out to New York city. Without a job or any prospects whatsoever, I made the leap hoping that along the way I’ll meet the right people and just land a gig that will keep me afloat. It’s been two weeks since I got here and things have been great. I’ve met so many people, and am now working in a  sales and marketing agency downtown. I’m not quite sure if the job’s for me but somewhere along the road, I’ll figure it out.

So What Exactly Am I Doing? 

That’s a good question. To be honest, I’ve got some things that I want to do in life and I don’t really intend to do something generic like work 8 hours a day, climb the corporate ladder and end up being a CEO so I can start working 10 hour-days. There seems to be something wrong in that.

My top  goals:

1. Travel

2. Make residual income that will allow me to travel

3. Start a business (Life is too short to be working for someone)

I wrote this blog because I feel like there’s a ton of fresh college kids, who like me, ended up not working at Goldman Sachs but instead landed a more non-traditional route. I hope to inspire people by accomplishing great things in this journey just as I was inspired by great people in my life – my parents, Tim Ferris, Chris Guillebeau, Seth Godin, the guys of the Shark Tank especially Mr. Kevin O’leary and Robert Herjavec to name a few.

Cheers.

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