Career and money advice for new college graduates

by Grace

If you’re a millennial, do these things, or else risk remaining unemployed for a long time.

  1. Wake up early. Job seeking is a full-time job.
  2. Don’t pass on everything. No entry-level job is ideal.
  3. Stop relying on mom and dad.

Career advice from Aol Jobs, summarized by FINS Morning Coffee

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With two out of three college graduates averaging more than $24,000 in student loans, Fox Business steps in with this financial advice.

Step 1: Create a Budget

Even if grads don’t have a concrete post-grad plan just yet, creating a budget of projected expenses such as bills, rent and discretionary spending can help them better understand their cash flow situation, suggests John Bucsek, managing director with MetLife Solutions Group. …

Making a budget doesn’t have to be an overwhelming prospect—grads can easily keep up with their expenses using sites like Mint.com or creating a simple spreadsheet….

Step 2: Figure Out Student Loan Terms

Grads typically only have a six-month grace period before having to start repaying student loans, making it essential to secure a job and stay on top of other expenses.

Unemployed or financially-strapped grads should consult with their lender to determine repayment options available to them such as deferment, forbearance, and Income Based Repayment plans should they have issues making payments on time….

Step 3: Get High Interest Debt in Check

Whether grads are an authorized or co-signed user on a parent’s card or have their own account, they should  focus on getting the debt with the highest interest rate paid down first.

Understanding how debt impacts future goals and how credit score plays into every major purchase can help them stay on top of making steady payments and monitoring credit history health, says Bucsek.

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A variation on the expert’s advice

Since the percentage of young adults living with their parents has risen to 22% today, from 11% in 1980, it appears the recommendation to “stop relying on mom and dad” is being ignored by many.  Here’s my variation on the preceding advice.

  1. Get up early every day to find a job, or to hone your skills to make yourself more employable.
  2. Even if you can’t find a job in your field, work somewhere, even if it’s part-time.  Earn some money.
  3. If you’re living at home, use the opportunity to save aggressively and/or pay down student loans.

 Related:  Parents have lower expectations for kids becoming financially independent (Cost of College)

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