Graduation and life after college is not that far off so I thought I would collect a list of resources for soon to be college graduates. Heading off into the “real world” can be challenging for college graduates. Be sure to take advantage of the resources offered by UNC Charlotte.
Even if you are not graduating now, it is a good idea to start thinking about it. Good planning now can save you headaches when you do graduate.
Below are resources for career, money, student loans and adjusting to life after college.
Career and Job Resources for College Graduates
- Monster College – Monster College is part of the online job site Monster.com. It is aimed specifically at college graduates to help them find their first career. They offer resources, interview tips and tricks, resume templates and skill-building quizzes.
- CareerBuilder – CareerBuilder.com is one of the largest online job sites. Post your resume.
- After College – AfterCollege is an online professional platform that connects college students, alumni and employers through customized career networks at colleges and professional organizations across the country.
- College Grad – CollegeGrad.com is an Internet job search service for college students and recent grads. They exclusively target college students and college graduates. They offer entry-level job searches, tips and more.
- Government Jobs – Interested in a job with the federal government? USAJOBS is the United States Office of Personnel Management web site. USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.
- Linked In – Linkedin.com is the Facebook (sort of) for professionals. It is may not be the best place to find a job, but it is defiantly a good place to network. They still have their “’09 Grad Guide” up, but by graduation time the ‘10 Grad Guide should be up.
- Interview Cheat Sheet – HRWorld has an Interviewing Cheat Sheet: 100 Resources for Interviewers and Candidates that offers great advice on preparing for and what to expect at a job interview.
- Best Places to Launch a Career – An interactive table from Business Week tells you what cities are best for starting your career.
- Fortune – Fortune magazines 100 best companies to work for.
- Stimulus Jobs for New College Grads – For college seniors and recent graduates with technical and liberal arts degrees, the stimulus plan will provide tremendous entry-level job opportunities.
- Best Internships – Business Week offers a list of where the best internships are.
- Top Cities to Start a Career – This is a list of the top 25 cities to start a career after college. It is based on job growth rate, cost of living and average salary. Interesting that Charlotte is # 15.
- Post-Grad Internships – Here is an article from The Wall Street Journal about trying internships after graduation.
- MS Office Resume Templates – Microsoft Office resume templates and more for college graduates. If this link does not work go to office.microsoft.com and search for “college graduate resume”.
- Writing The Perfect Resume – If you have not started it, you should. Your resume is your first introduction and it must be good.
- 50 Best Career Books for College Students – a current list of 50 books for college students for college graduates. Sections include “Finding a Job”. “Career Advice”, “Preparing to Enter the Real World”, “Using Your Degree”, “Networking”, “Internships” and “Grad School”.
- Cleaning Up Your Online Profile – Don’t think potential employers will not look. Better take those pictures down now. Don’t think they can not get around privacy settings. There are companies whose business is reporting back on the social profiles of job candidates.
Money Resource for College Graduates
- Salary Calculator – Salary.com has a salary calculator where you can enter a job title and a zip code and they will show you the salary ranges for that type of job in that zip code.
- How to Blitz Your College Debts – How to deal with student loans and credit card debt.
- Credit Card Calculator – Bankrate.com has a credit calculator that lets you explore different options for paying off a credit card.
- When Will I Be Out of Debt? – Another handy calculator you can play with to help you budget and get out of debt.
- How to Build Your First Budget – Just out of college you will need to build a budget!
- Mint.com – Popular FREE online money management and budgeting software. You can set up alerts to send you an email or text messages for any number of budget or money related items. A good place to set up a budget, track your expenses and much more. Did I say it was free?
- Top 10 Shocks for College Grads – Money issues you probably have not thought about.
- Your Guide to Money in Your 20’s – On MSN Money they offer many tools and articles to help you manage your money.
- Money 101 – The CNN Money web site has a good list of articles on a variety of money related topics. For college graduates there are a few good articles like buying a car, making a budget, and other topics.
- Twentity – Twentity.com has a good collection of articles in their Life After College section on a variety of subjects.
- Money Tips – Money Tips for New College Graduates – Spending, Saving, & Budgeting Advice.
- How to Budget and Still Have a Life – College Grads: Sticking to a Personal Budget Doesn’t Mean Sticking to Ramen.
- Finding Health Insurance – It is the last thing you think you will need, but a major medical expense can bankrupt you before you get started. A quick check with BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina shows someone of college graduate age in the Charlotte can get a comprehensive plan with a $2500 deductible for $168 per month. The least expensive plan is a $5000 deductible (ouch) for $102 per year. The cheapest plan is a HSA plan where you pay all the cost until you meet your deductible of $5000 and the premium is only $68 per month.
- Check the health insurance plans for any location at eHealthInsurance.com. Check around though as they do not work with all insurers. The site offers a lot of different ways to sort and search for health insurance plan.
Student Loan Resources for College Graduates
- Income Base Repayment (IBR) – Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is a new way to make your federal student loan payments more manageable. And if you’re a teacher or work in government or at a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization, you might qualify for a new type of public service loan forgiveness after 10 years of eligible payments and employment.
- Student Loans Repayment Calculator – SallieMae has a nice worksheet calculator to help you estimate your monthly payments and total interest paid on your student loans. (depressing)
- Consolidating Student Loans – Federal Direct Consolidation Loans web site shows you how you can consolidate you existing Federal education loans into one loan.
- The Project on Student Debt – this is a web site run by the Institute for College Access & Success. A really good article to start with is The Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness – The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a new public service loan forgiveness program. This program discharges any remaining debt after 10 years of full-time employment in public service
- Good Behavior – Good advice on paying back your student loans.
Life After College Resources for College Graduates
- Life After College – LifeAfterCollege.org is a personal development/personal blog. The tag line “Life after college, no one said it was easy” sums it up. There are sections on Life, Work, Money, Career and more. One of the best sections are the templates like Four-Step Budget, Simple Appointment Tracking, Professional Development Strategy, Job Interview Sheet, and more.
- Lifehacker – Lifehacker.com is a great site for tips that help you save money, do things cheaply, technology tips and daily tips on ways to make many aspects of your life easier. One of my favorites that will help you long after college.
- 10 Tips For First Time Apartment Renters – You need a place to live!
- Online Degrees Hub – Their web site has nice list of 100 Inspirational Blogs for Life After College on a variety of subjects.
- 100 Life Hacks for College Graduates – 100 links to Life Hacks specifically for college graduates.
- College Afermath – CollegeAfermath.com has a great tag line. “When the best four years of your life are over”. There are a number of good articles on topics such as money, jobs, relationships. life and more.
- 21 Incredibly Practical Tips to Survive the “Real World” – a must read for any new college grad.
- GradSpot – GradSpot.com has a number of “survival guides” for college graduates.
- How to Adapt to Life after College – a well-rounded blog post.
- 30 Happiness Tips – Trust me, you will need them.
- Loneliness is a Bitch – How not to deal with it.
- Wardrobe Essentials For College Grads – This one is for men.
- Twentysomething: Be responsible, go back home after college – According to Monster.com 60% of college graduates move back home after college graduation and for good reasons.