OOnce you’ve packed up your things and left your dormitory, it’s normal to nervously ask yourself, “Well, what do I do now?” »
It’s daunting to think of everything you need to start planning now that you’ve officially entered the so-called “real world.” This is where a starter kit can come in handy; use this checklist to take your first steps as a college graduate.
1. College degree
If you’ve made it this far, you probably already have it! (See, it won’t be so bad.)
2. Updated Resume and Resume
Prepare it and suitable for the internships and jobs you are applying for.
3. Updated LinkedIn Profile
Companies will use AI tools to search for potential candidates on LinkedIn. Make sure your title, work experience and honors are up to date.
4. Letters of recommendation
These will be useful for several reasons; internships and employers usually ask you to provide them with letters of recommendation if they are interested in you as a candidate for the position. Some even require it when you submit your resume and resume. You’ll probably also need a letter or two when trying to rent an apartment. It’s best to have them close at hand so you don’t keep anyone waiting, which could cost you a job or an apartment.
Once you receive the job offer, you will need to be ready to dress for the occasion. Whether you work in an office or need appropriate clothing for a more practical environment, having your wardrobe ready to go will get you ready to get started right away.
6. A government-issued photo ID
This will be important when opening a bank account, renting an apartment, filing new hire documents, etc. Those DMV lines are a hassle, but best done when you have the time instead of rushing to get documentation at the last minute.
7. Know where your Social Security card is
This document is crucial in most application processes, whether for a job, an apartment, a student loan, etc. If your SSN card is lost or stolen, you can replace it for free on the Social Security Administration website.
8. Proof of income
Whether it’s a pay stub, W2 form or bank statement, this documentation will be essential when renting an apartment and opening credit cards.
9. Determine a co-signer
Like a recommendation letter, you should establish a co-signer as soon as possible. Since you’re fresh out of college, homeowners and student loan plans will likely require you to have someone who can cover all the expenses in case you can’t.
10. A good internet connection
These days, almost everything happens online. Whether it’s an app or the ability to work from home, a stable internet connection will reduce technological frustrations and increase accessibility to opportunities.
11. Think about what’s important to you.
At this point in your life, the world is yours. Think about where you’d like to live, what benefits are important to you, and how best to set yourself up for success.
This is part of a larger series designed to guide recent college graduates towards achieving their career goals and academic success. Check out our guide to postgraduate life to find out how to leverage your degree financially.
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