FORMER United States Senator Orrin Hatch once explained why graduation ceremonies were called “commencement exercises.” It’s because graduation is not the end, but the beginning.

Like their fellow graduates, Thomasians will now venture into the real world for a shot at success in their chosen fields. The question though is: how does a Thomasian handle that delicate transition from school to work and the so-called post-graduation jitters?

Danielle Marie Cruz, one of the guidance counsellors in the Faculty of Arts and Letters, believes that Thomasians should consider themselves blessed because they are given the privilege to study in one of the top universities in the country.

“Being a graduate of a Catholic University is already a factor that makes them stand out among other graduates,” she said.

She encouraged fresh graduates to apply the Thomasian values of competence, compassion, and commitment in establishing a career.

Cruz also urged graduates come up with a resumé identifying their strengths. It should be consistent in style and format and must contain only the necessary information.

“You have to consider the job that you are applying for. In that case, you only need to put the seminars you have attended that are related to what position you wanted in that company,” said Cruz, adding that Thomasians should learn to market their competencies.  

She said the best way to establish a career is by gaining experience in jobs related to one’s course. Completing a post-graduate degree is similarly important.

In looking for a job, Alumni Affairs Director Michael Malicsi advised Thomasians to seek a profession that is in line with their passion. “Knowing what you really like and what career you have to choose from could turn it into a natural passion and love for the job,” he said.

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Standing out

Thomasians have their way of establishing their names in the respected careers they wanted to pursue, Malicsi noted.

Based on the number of feedback, he received from human resource personnels, he said Thomasians are known for their congeniality and professionalism.

“It all boils down to attitude because having the right approach toward your job is something that is crucial in the success of your career,” said Malicsi, adding that the Catholic formation imbued in the University was helpful in attaining this.

The growing number of companies joining in the University’s annual job opening is a good proof that companies trust Thomasian talents. As of this year, Malicsi noted more than 140 companies participated in the event.

“Most companies admire the dedication to work of most Thomasians, making them stand out and be appreciated. They are ‘silent in a good way,’ which is the key for their promotion,” said Malicsi. Maria Luisa A. Mamaradlo

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