Disappointment: When God Doesn’t Answer

SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation

It’s been a year, two, or three since you graduated and you’re not happy with the level you’re at right now. You don’t have your dream job, dream salary, still living at home, or maybe you’re still not married. Consequently, you’re disappointed in God; despite the prayers and fasting, He’s not doing anything…

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Can’t Land Your Dream Job Yet? Show Some Humility

SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation

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The common expectation of a student is to land his/her dream job right after graduation, however, in the real world, things don’t always turn out this way. These days, competition to enter the workforce has become fiercer and companies are more interested in experience years than academic ones. Additionally, without good ‘connections’ in certain workplaces, the process of hiring can be tough. Despite the many factors standing in your way to getting your dream job, do not grow depressed but accept this truth and show humility by temporarily settling for something else. Continue reading “Can’t Land Your Dream Job Yet? Show Some Humility”

Life After Graduation Chat

SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation

Hi ladies, I’m chatting today with Mariya, my former classmate and good friend, on  post-graduation life . Here are the questions we’re covering:
-Do graduates end up getting jobs in their field of study?  01:13
-How do I know if I should do a second degree, Master’s degree, or enter the workforce?   09:58
-How has life changed after graduation?  16:04
-How do classmate relationships change after graduation?   20:54
-What happens to the expectations of getting the dream job, the marriage, and the children after graduation?   28:40
-Any word of advice?  35:44

Moving Back with Parents, FAQs

SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation

I don’t think there is a student that dreams about moving back home after graduation. When we face the ‘real world’, sometimes we have to make tough decisions, including returning home. It is not easy living with parents, however, it is doable even to the point of enjoying peace and maturing by the grace of God. In this episode, I share my own experience of living at home for four years.

I’m Not Where I Want To Be

SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation

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Your graduation day was so exciting and beautiful; you envisioned your dream career and how bright the future was going to be. Now, it’s been months even close to a year since you graduated and nothing significant has happened in your life. In the meantime on social media, your friends are posting pictures and comments on how well life has treated them since graduation: They have been traveling abroad, secured their dream careers, gotten married, or rented their own place. You become anxious, envious, and embarrassed looking at your own state because you have nothing to show for it. I’m here to tell you that if you are doing all your best and walking blamelessly before God, then there is no cause for alarm; God is conforming you to the image of His Son and will meet your needs in His perfect time. Continue reading “I’m Not Where I Want To Be”

Job Hunting? Don’t Get Overwhelmed!

SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation

You just graduated from college or grad school and we all know what the next step is: Job hunting! A man once said that looking for a job is like a full-time job. The process is so time-consuming that you’ll think you’re being paid for researching, filling out applications, going to interviews, and all. Plus, family and friends can become a nuisance if they’re constantly harassing you with the same questions: “Have you got a job yet?”, “Have you thought about applying there?”, “Don’t you think you’re being too picky?” Hence, in a blink of an eye, the journey to your dream job can turn sour and overwhelming leading to a frustrating spiritual life. We shouldn’t let this season take control over us but instead take control over it by finding rest in the Lord.
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Separation with Friends

SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation

Graduation, graduation, graduation! I love graduation, I love to celebrate the achievements after long semesters of hard work. It’s a great feeling to know that IT IS OVER!!! No more homework, no more group projects, no more timetables; we’re done with school. However, we tend to forget about the reality waiting for us post-graduation time, especially when it comes to friendships. Back in school, we had a routine with our friends: Similar class time slots, weekend get-togethers, same exercise time, etc. Now after graduation, things begin to change making it more difficult to coordinate our plans: Conflicting work schedules and different budgets, social circles, and locations. Consequently, we either find ourselves alone or in dying need of that support group. So what to do? How do we handle such situations?

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Post-Graduate Depression

Happy graduation to all the graduating SSU this year! Congratulations on the hard work and achievement! I want to talk about a topic quite unfamiliar with a lot of people: post-graduate depression. This oftentimes is the result when graduates face the reality awaiting them after school: challenges in securing a dream career, relocation with parents, student loan payments, financial stress, separation with friends, or etc. The good news is that you can avoid this depression and I’m sharing some advices with you based on my own experience.


Party Soberly

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The graduation ceremony is few days away, the adrenaline rush starts to kick in, family is coming, celebration time is almost here, and let’s not forget the parties planned by friends! I love graduation time! Especially when I’m the one graduating, there is no feeling like it!!! However, our enemy, the devil, loves this period just as much as we do. Not the fact that we’re graduating but the choices we’re prone to make in order to celebrate this beautiful moment when it comes to partying.
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How to Answer Job Interview Questions, PART 3

Dr. Burrell’s classnotes

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In order to prepare yourself for the workforce, there’s no way, in general, that you can bypass the dreadful interview process. The following is an essential guide from Dr. Burrell, a graduate school professor, that will help alleviate the fear of answering common interview questions.

Job Interview Questions

21. Give me an example of a time when you had to think out of the box
Intent: This is code for asking about your innovativeness, creativity, and initiative. Interviewers want to learn about not only a specific creative idea but also how you came up with it and, more importantly, what you did with that insight.
Context: This is another behavioral question, and the example you select is critical. It should be relevant to the job you’re interviewing for, and your impact in the story should be significant.
Response: Tell interviewers how you came up with a creative solution to a customer problem, improved an internal process or made a sale via innovation strategy.

22. What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
Intent: This is another way of asking about your weakness
Context: A good approach is to discuss weaknesses you can develop into strengths. However, do not say you work too hard or are a perfectionist. These answers are tired and transparent. Come up with something visible to a past boss that was perhaps mentioned in your performance reviews as a developmental area.
Response: “I don’t think she would have called it negative, but she identified that I needed to work on being more dynamic in my presentation skills. I have sought out practice opportunities and joined Toastmasters. I have seen some real improvement.”

23. Tell me about a time you faced an ethical dilemma
Intent: The interviewer is looking for evidence of your high ethical standards and honesty
Content: You might want to say you haven’t had any ethical challenges, but we all have our ethics tested at some point. For example:

  • You discovered wrongdoing, or someone asked you to engage in a cover-up
  • Your employer failed to deliver the value and quality on products or services paid for by a client
  • A colleague cut corners on a project

Response: Without naming names, describe the situation and how you dealt with it. The response may focus on you, or it may involve other people. Remember, your political acumen is being tested—sometimes the best action isn’t blowing the whistle but taking care of the problem yourself

24. Tell me about a time when you failed
Intent: No one wins all the time, so the key here is to forthrightly discuss what you learned from a situation that went awry. The interviewer also may want to hear how you handled any resulting fallout
Context: Failure comes in different forms: taking the wrong action, omission, or not doing enough or taking action soon enough. Some failures are big; most are small. Tell a story that isn’t a career killer but shows you learned something substantive
Response: Perhaps you failed to trust your gut on a hire and the person didn’t work out, or you didn’t intervene early enough with a problem employee. Talk about the lesson you learned from the mistake

25. Why do you want to leave your current position?
Intent: The interviewer wants to make sure you won’t walk out after six months and that you’ll be satisfied in your new position
Context: You have greater market value when you are looking on your own terms. Prepare a positive response you are very comfortable with. Refer to fit, personality issues or new directions. Your goals and readiness for a new kind of role are generally safe terrain. Just be careful to emphasize benefits to the employer, not your personal aspirations
Response: Tread carefully. You don’t want to bad-mouth your current employer or put yourself in a weaker salary negotiating position. You could say, “Actually, I’m happy doing what I am doing now. But recently I have been keeping my eyes open for other opportunities. I don’t need to leave, but for the right opportunity, I would consider it. This opportunity seems to fit the criteria I set out.”

26. Tell me about a time when you faced a major obstacle at work
Intent: In this case, the interviewer is interested in your ability to overcome a major hurdle
Context: Pick an example that illustrates a significant obstacle that best demonstrates how you work and that had a positive, tangible outcome. Obstacles might include business problems, a difficult objective, key people who stood in your way or lack of resources. Once you have your example, explain the steps you took
Response: You could include the analysis you performed and the resulting strategy, the process you took, the key actions performed, your arguments or anything else that clearly demonstrates how you achieved your goal. A great response technique for this kind of question is to break your answer down into phases or steps: “First, I…Second…”

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27. How do you deal with conflict?
Intent: Conflict is part of any workplace, and the reality is that you often can’t get ahead or perform well in your job unless you can deal with conflict at a basic level. Do you avoid conflict or face it? Do you think it through, or are you impulsive? Do you use constructive techniques to resolve the situation?
Context: There are different forms of conflict of course: the everyday interpersonal sort, disagreements in direction or strategy, and conflict over resources. You should describe how you handle conflict at an appropriate level. If you are a manager or executive, for example, pick a reflective example.
Response: Consider offering a specific example to demonstrate how you resolve conflict

28. Tell me about an assignment that was too difficult for you. How did you resolve the issue?
Intent: The intent can be varied. The interviewer may be interested not only in your ability to respond to a challenge but also in how you respond. Or he may want to know how you define “too difficult.” Your ability to learn from a situation you considered too difficult is also relevant. Answer the right way, and you can impress with your coping skills and range of abilities. The wrong answer could take you out of the running

Context: If you have been in challenging roles, then at some point you should have found yourself stretched to the limit. This is when we grow. So this question is a marvelous opportunity to talk about a time you dealt with a really big challenge successfully
Response: Do not make the mistake of saying you have never had an assignment that was too difficult for you. Discuss an example of a time you had to overcome a lack of knowledge, skill or experience, or when you took your game to the next level: “I wouldn’t say that it was too difficult for me. However, I was faced with…”

29. How would your past experience translate into success in this job?
Intent: Either the interviewer is asking in a tone that indicates his doubt about your legitimacy as a candidate, or he is asking you to make the connection for him effectively
Context: You can blow the whole interview here. In fact, you have no business being in the interview unless you are clear why you have what it takes to do the job well.
Response: You might start with naming the top few requirements for this job and then describing how you meet or exceed each one. Or you might begin with your background and summarize how it has prepared you for this job. Often, the context of the job is almost as important as the skills required, so don’t forget to speak to the specific challenges and objectives you see in the role

30. How would you tackle the first 90 days?
Intent: This question is about thoroughness, process and appreciation for organizational complexity. In a second or third interview, the interviewer may also be testing how much you have thought about the job itself
Context: Most people would say they would study the company’s business. You must go beyond this answer to speak to specific job’s key challenges or goals. You also want to assure your potential employer that current production will continue without interruption. Of course, you want to express that you would work with the team, your boss and any key influencers to get up to speed as quickly as possible
Response: Unless asked to do so, do get specific on changes or initiatives you would make. Instead, think of your response as an operating framework that demonstrates you have a solid, realistic understanding of what needs to be done and how

31. Given our company’s sluggish near-term outlook, you can’t expect a promotion anytime soon. Is that ok with you? Why is it ok?
Clearly you don’t want to say, “It’s ok. I’m happy to languish in a job that rarely challenges me, for however long.” Better to say: “I’m excited to learn as much as possible about organization while I do my job every day. I’m confident that after the economy turns around; your company will offer further opportunities for me”