Dear millennial, this is not love advice.

This is for you, for your current job, and for what you’re truly passionate about.

If you are a fresh graduate and currently looking for a job, this is for you.

If you have been working for about a year or two, this is also for you.

If you are reading this and you are not employed (but currently looking for a job), hey, don’t stop reading. This one’s for you too. I declare that the doors of opportunity be opened for you in the next coming couple of days. You’re going to get that job. Sealed in prayer. 🙂

Here are some pointers I have learned for being part of the “working population” over the number of years now.

1. Work even after working hours

While you might have heard from others that you need a good balance between work life, family, friends, and so on; I encouraged you: never stop working.

Most of us don’t get our dream job right after graduation from the university, hence, we tend to complain about not pursuing what we are really passionate about.

Here’s the thing: You have all the time to pursue your passion even if your job doesn’t equate from it.

I am not a full-time writer/blogger. I am working full-time as an educator and a part-time tutor for a couple of hours. And then, I find time to blog, write, and design all in between. I don’t have time to complain how irrelevant my full-time job is from what I truly want for myself. I would rather spend the remaining hours after my working time to work on my passion.

It’s never an excuse that you’re not in your dream job. Rather, treat your full-time job as a stepping stone to the visions you are building. If your job is from 8am to 4pm, you still have all night to work on the things you want to create. Truly pour yourself out.

You’re young. You have all the energy in the world. You’re fresh blood. You have the creativity that this place needs for us to step up the game. Pursue passionately.

Now, a little something about what we call “not-my-dream-job.” Still work with your whole heart. Give it the justice that it needs.

For example, it doesn’t mean that I’m going to be a lousy teacher while I become a great writer. It doesn’t work that way. Both fields deserve excellence. Be a good representative of yourself wherever you are. More so, be a good representation of God. Remember that somewhere somehow, someone else is praying for the job that you have now. Take good care of it.

2. Don’t just work hard. Work hard and work smart.

My boyfriend and I have been discussing things about working hard lately.

And just the other day, he mentioned something that truly struck: “I don’t just work hard. I work smart.” Everything that you’re about to read after this line are the things I learned from my boyfriend. In fact, these are his exact words.

“Working hard” is your attitude how you work.

“Working smart” is the efficiency of your strategy.

Hence, it goes together. You work hard with the smart strategy that you have. If your strategy sucks but you work hard, sooner or later, your competitors will outgrow you.

Same goes for no matter how great your strategy is, but you don’t work hard, your labor is bound to have a terrible fall in the future.

So work hard and don’t let others outsmart you.

3. Here is everybody’s favorite part: Reward yourself.

Reward yourself for working hard and working smart. Everybody deserves to be appreciated. The problem is we always look for appreciation from others but we often forget to appreciate ourselves first.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, appreciate yourself more. Acknowledge how you spent a sleepless night just to meet your deadline with excellence.

And I don’t mean rewarding in extravagant means, an ice cream from any convenience store will do.

You don’t need to buy a flight ticket to Bali just to reward yourself for a job well-done. Although, there’s nothing wrong with that. But still, reward yourself wisely. Please don’t let me start with not saving but traveling until your last centavo turns into ash.

I trust you, so trust me with this one too. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you are capable of controlling your desires and being able to invest in something for your future.

A penny saved is a penny with great value.

Photo by: Mia Apilado

Words by Joena Says. Follow her on Facebook and her blog for more incredible posts!

Minor edits have been made by the WeThePvblic editor.

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