At some point, your life as a student will come to an end and you’ll need to transition to the working world. Depending on your family situation, where you find a job, and your level of student debt, you’re going to face a litany of tough decisions that impact both your immediate future and long-term plans. The four tips below will help you take your school experience and transfer it directly to a job.
1. How to Transition from School to a New Home
If you’re about to graduate (or you’re a recent grad), the first thing to consider is how you’ll get from your current living arrangements at school to a new residence wherever your job is. In rare occasions, you can simply stay in the same apartment, but this isn’t always the case.
Many students move back in with their parents until they settle their job search and figure out their living arrangements. While returning home isn’t the most glamorous solution, it’s a practical one. But if that’s not an option, search for an apartment or open rooms near your office. Ask friends, post to social media, scan the classifieds—do whatever it takes to find a comfortable living arrangement. Without a place to live, it’s hard to start your job confidently, and you’ll constantly feel distracted from your work.
2. Dealing with Student Debt
It’s wise for every transitioning student to contact the company that holds their loans and work out a payment plan. The loan provider already knows that you’ve graduated (or are about to), but companies are more willing to work with you if you contact them and ask for assistance in setting up special payment arrangements.
Rather than delaying your student loan payments altogether, it’s best to talk to your provider before graduation to ensure you get started on the right track. You want to avoid forbearance and nasty interest penalties at all costs.
3. Keeping a New Schedule
When you graduate from college, you’re thrust into a whole new world that involves a whole new schedule. College classes don’t meet everyday. Projects aren’t due very often. And your everyday schedule might include long breaks—several of them.
But a regular job consumes (in general) at least 40 hours of your week—every week of the year. Everything—starting with your sleep routine—changes. Even meeting up with your friends becomes more complicated since you can’t simply chat in the hallways or before class.
So your first lesson will be in time management. Without a solid routine and schedule, you might struggle getting enough sleep, carving out time to hang out with your friends, and simply meeting your work deadlines.
4. Focus On Your Resume
It might seem strange that one piece of paper can have such a huge impact on your career, but it’s true. Your resume is crucial to your job search, and creating this all-important document shouldn’t be taken lightly. And don’t expect to finish it in one sitting. Your resume may take weeks to complete, and you’ll likely have to customize it for each and every job you apply to.
However, there’s one way to speed up the resume-writing process: using LiveCareer’s Resume Builder. With the award-winning builder, you’ll create a well-written, professional resume in a matter of minutes. Your resume will cover all of your educational accomplishments, and it will highlight your strongest skills as you transition from student life to professional life.