Graduation is one of the most exciting times of your life—but it’s also one of the scariest.
What’s next? Will you get a job? And do you really want to move back in with mom and dad?
There are so many things to consider as your graduation looms, but here are some of the most important steps you can take.
1. Talk to Your Careers Center
If you don’t have a job lined up, it’s a good idea to make the most of this great (and free!) resource which is on your doorstep.
Careers advice centers can check through your résumé to make sure it sells you well, they can point you in the right direction when it comes to applying for jobs, and they can give you invaluable interview tips.
2. Sell Your Stuff
Over the last three or so years, you’ve no doubt collected a heck of a lot of stuff. Stuff that just isn’t going to get you far in the “real world.” So, it’s time to start flogging those old uni books and all that other stuff you no longer need.
Look at university pages on Facebook for people selling stuff as there will be people in the years below you that are looking for cheaper course books.
All of these extra dollars will go towards our 5th tip—which you could say is the most important!
3. Cancel All Your Bills and Get Your Deposit Back
Make sure you’re not going to be paying out any unnecessary money with utility bills that you’ve forgotten to cancel. This includes your TV license and broadband connection.
And do your utmost to ensure you get that deposit back. This means rolling up your sleeves and giving your room/flat a deep clean from top to bottom. Scrub the oven, defrost the freezer, and paint over any marks you may have on the walls.
4. Consider Your Next Move
After you’ve been at university for several years, the thought of moving back home can be a daunting one. Losing some of your independence again may be too much to handle.
So, consider whether you could afford to move in with some of your uni friends. This is great if you’re all staying in the city where you’ve been studying or are moving elsewhere to get jobs. The more people you can move in with, the lower your rent bills will be—which is ideal when you’re just getting your feet on the career ladder.
And you might want to start shopping around for furniture and other items to help style your new pad perfectly.
5. Go on Holiday
You’ve spent numerous years of your life studying (and partying—occasionally), so now’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a much-needed holiday.
You might want to go with the friends you’ve made at university, or you could go with friends from home— but whatever you do, make sure you let your hair down and enjoy this summer of freedom before the hard work really does start!
Morgan: London-based Morgan is a digital marketing and content executive who specialises in lifestyle and money saving tips. With both in-house and agency experience, Morgan writes content for a variety of different niches and sites. In her spare time, she can be found keeping up-to-date with current affairs and frequenting her Instagram feed!