The New Grad's Real World Survival Guide (Round Up)
Throughout childhood and young adulthood, most kids are surrounded by a support system—be this their parents, their high school counselors, their college mentor, their school’s career services department—and for many of them, graduating college and entering the real world is the first time they are truly on their own. This transition, albeit exciting and full of possibility, can also be an abruptly shocking change that some find to be a difficult adjustment. From new financial responsibilities, to competitive job hunts, to unfamiliar social environments, the post-grad world can be difficult terrain to navigate. To help guide you through this next phase in your life, we present a comprehensive collection of iGrad’s top resources on everything you’ll need to know to survive as a new grad in the real world.
5 Things You Won’t Hear at the Commencement Speech
The commencement speech serves as the last words of wisdom imparted upon you by your alma mater. Yet even after all those years, there are some things they didn't tell you. Here are five surprising bits of advice they should have shared…
Don’t Look Back: How to Navigate the Waters of Post-Grad Life
Have you ever wondered if the post-grad moves you're making are the right ones? Guest-blogger Saumirah McWoodson shares her unique post-college experience and challenges her peers: Don't Look Back! after graduating...
How to Find Yourself in the Real World Part 1
It's hard to know what to be when you graduate into the so-called real world. Here's one recent grad's take on how to make the most out of your college education and your own personal development.
How to Find Yourself in the Real World Part 2
When you're in college, you're often thinking more about graduating (or boozing) than maximizing your time there. But you can give yourself an edge by following a few rules of thumb, guaranteeing you'll be a lifelong learner—and a valuable asset at work. Here’s how…
How Your College Study Skills Help You In the Real World
Most people would rather forget the years they spent in the college library, cramming information down their throats along with Red Bull. However, some of the good study skills and abilities you learned can truly help you in the real world...
I Just Graduated. Now What?
Within a few weeks' time of graduating, most ex-students face several of the scariest financial scenarios they've ever had to deal with, one right after another. But most of us experience the same issues, so here is a rundown of some common scenarios and how to handle them…
Top 5 Beach Reads for Newly Minted Grads
There are a ton of books out there designed to help get college grads off their couches and into the “real world” without breaking any bones, and many of them offer useful advice. But there’s a difference between self-help books and these top five…
How Broke Will You Really Be After Graduation
Don’t leap into unnecessary additional bills (i.e. unlimited calling on your cell phone, a new car lease) until you’ve lived a few months on your own at your current salary rate. You might be surprised how little you can really afford...
Life After College: Prepare For Student Loan Repayment Before Graduating
If you're anything like the average college student or recent grad, odds are that you've got student loan repayment on the horizon. Get ready to manage your repayment before it becomes a reality, with these three tips...
How to Start Investing Smart After Graduation
So you are out of college, you have been in the working world for a few years, and now you are trying to figure out how to manage your finances. Well, if they didn’t teach you financial planning ideas in college, here are some ideas to help you understand birds and the bees of investing and financial planning.
How to Pay Student Prices at the Gym—After Graduation
Recent college graduates might not have any income, but they still need to work out—especially if they spend most of their days sitting at a desk. Carlee Mallard breaks down how to get the best deals (and negotiate a rock-bottom monthly price)...
How to Save 100 Bucks a Week on a Crappy Salary
Even on an entry-level paycheck, it's possible to save 10 percent or more of your salary by spending less on entertainment, clothes, and dining out. Here's my day-by-day plan to save you 100 bucks a week straight out of college...
Should You Accept Money From Your Parents?
For many students who have always relied on their parents for monetary support, financial independence is a huge step towards reaching adulthood. It is still nice to get help from mom and dad once in a while, but consider these factors before you do...
Tips for Finding Your First Job Faster
Starting your first job search after college can take a lot of time and end up a frustrating experience. But nabbing the right entry level job is all about starting early, scheduling in time to search, networking, and getting smart about resume keywords.
How to Land a Job Once and For All
Although the job hunt is still daunting, experts say that the job freeze is finally starting to melt a bit. This means that more positions are opening up at more companies, and you’ll want to be extra savvy to snatch up a job when it opens. Here’s how…
How College Grads Can Succeed in a New Job: 5 Tips to Become More Efficient
The best way to get ahead in your career is to do more. But that means maximizing your time. Melissa suggests canned emails, the Pomodoro Technique, and other ways to amp up your office efficiency so you stand out from others on your team…
5 Financial Secrets to Know When Looking for a New Job
A common mistake many job seekers make is that they only consider one or two elements of the position, like hours or salary, instead of the total economic package. If you want your next job to ensure financial security, follow these five tips…
Top 4 Ways to Leverage Volunteer Work
Recent college graduates can leverage volunteer work experience into real, paying jobs if they follow these 4 steps, as told by 31Projects founder Jon Reifschneider. You can learn valuable skills with the right projects...
Why Giving Up is Not an Option
College students and recent college graduates are being told their degrees are worthless, there are no jobs, and the real world doesn't need them. This English major calls the media's bluff—and gives four tips she used to find her entry-level job…
The Ultimate College Internship Guide Pt. 1: Start With Research
Internships have become a key step in the transitory phase between student life and real world living, and as many of you approach graduation, scoring one is a likely item on your to-do list. Use this guide to help you nail the process…
The Ultimate College Internship Guide Pt. 2: Getting Prepped
Internships have become a key step in the transitory phase between student life and real world living, and scoring one is a likely item on your to-do list this summer. Use Part 2 of this guide to help you prepare your cover letter and resume...
Unpaid Internships Are Priceless
You might hate the idea of “needing” an internship to get ahead or qualify for the job you want. But these days, for many recent college graduates, an internship in the field might be the only thing distinguishing them from a slew of other candidates. Here are a few things an internship can do for you...
Need Job Experience? Invent an Internship
College students or recent grads on the job hunt have an opportunity right in front of them. Know what company or field you want to work in? Approach the right person and make your own internship happen, even if they're not hiring...yet!
Beat the Post College Blues with the Best of iGrad (Round Up)
Do you have a case of the post-college blues? Turn that frown upside down with the Best 5 iGrad Beat-the-Blues Articles, the Best 6 Post-Graduation Books, and plenty of other amazing resources to get you out of your slump and on your way...
Popular Post-Graduation Destinations
Because entry-level jobs don’t necessarily come with vacation time in year one (or a healthcare plan, these days), it could be a little while before you have a fistful of grad party cash and a week of free time again. If you can swing it, take a trip to one of these great locales…
Top 10 Travel Abroad Safety Tips for Recent Grads
If you’re lucky enough to be traveling, volunteering, or even studying abroad this summer, it’s important to bone up on your travel savvy so you can ensure a safe trip. Here are my top 10 little-known but incredibly important travel safety tips...
10 Great Cities for Recent Grads
You just graduated. Should you head across the country, or stay put? And if you do leave, how do you know you’re trading up? If you do move, how will you ever find a job, friends, and a favorite hangout in a brand-new city? A lot of students are wondering the same thing and here are where they flock to…
The Joys of Grad School
If you thrive in a learning environment and want to expand your career opportunities, grad school’s for you. Learn what makes the difference between undergraduate education and graduate programs…
The Three Truths About Grad School (No One Else Will Tell You)
Life starts moving faster as college comes to a close. Are you thinking about heading to grad school right from college? Saumirah speaks from experience and lets you know the 3 Things no one else will tell you about going to graduate...
Is Continuing Education a Good Financial Investment for Recent Grads?
Experts, recruiters, and career coaches dish on whether recent college graduates should invest more money in continuing education to bulk up resumes and help them land their first real jobs.
Mackenzie Maher graduated in 2010 from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a BA in Global Studies and a minor in Professional Writing, with an editing emphasis. Mackenzie’s diverse portfolio also includes writing, editing, photography, and documentary script writing on such subjects as travel, career, and finance. Next to writing, she is most passionate about world travel (she has visited 24 countries).
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