“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Ferris Bueller

Time always seems to go faster for me when it comes to graduation year. For those who are in their last year like me, it’s time that we finally become an adult and take our first steps into the real world. If you don’t know what to expect, it can be an intimidating!

That’s why I want to share with you guys what I have done so far. Some of the things may seem like common sense, but others might be new to you. I hope that with this advice, you’ll have a smoother transition from student to professional life. At the same time, make your last days on campus the most memorable while you still have the chance.

Let’s wait no more. Here are five things you should do to prepare for life after graduation:

Have some post-graduation plans

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Now that you are going to be an “adult,” it’s time to think like one (at least try to pretend). Starting with a simple question: “What’s next?” The exciting thing about this is that there are so many possibilities. You can continue to study, enter the workforce or even take some time off to travel around!

There are no right answers to this question, but you need to have a proper plan for whatever decision you make. If you find a job, do you know where you’re going to live? If you want to travel, how long is that going to take? Consider all possible questions!

Update your resume and professional profile

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When you enter the adult world, you need to establish your professional identity. Along with your resume, this is what you will use to market yourself. So, make sure it’s up to date before you start applying for any jobs or post-graduation programs.

Don’t forget to mention any relevant internships, extracurricular activities or job experience that would make you a good fit for the position!

Learn about personal finance

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I know many of us are not a big fan of numbers. But as a grownup, you have to know how to manage your money, both going in and out.

For the money going in, most people will start by having their first job. Beforehand, do your research to find out what the average salary is for your position and location. Also, you may want to start reading about business news and stocks, alongside different credit offerings from your bank.

To control the money going out, it will be beneficial for you to have a budget. You will be surprised how much you will save by staying on track with your spending. Make sure to account for your income, expenses, savings, and debts so you can live within your means.

Take advantage of your current network

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We have talked about how networking can help you stand out in a competitive job market. But sometimes there are easier ways to do it, and one of those is through your professors and job supervisors.

If you are hunting for jobs or internships, ask them if they want to be your reference. Tell them you’re searching for a job, even if you don’t require anything specific. Maybe, they might know someone who is hiring and help you out.

You will take a little while to rebuild your network when you relocate. So, it is not a bad strategy to formally make use of your current connections now while you can.

Enjoy and appreciate the journey

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Congratulations, no more quizzes and assignments!

You know what that means? It means that you are going to have more time to explore different aspects of the school. You can check out some picture-worthy spots on campus, and talk to that one friend who is in the same class but you never knew before.

Before you leave, make sure to say “thank you” to the people who have made your post-secondary life as it is today. During the school year, it is so easy to overlook small things that matter. So next time, remember to appreciate the staff who always keep the hallway clean and tell your professors that you appreciate their dedication to the lecture.

Make your final year unforgettable

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Post-secondary is an amazing time in your life. It’s a time to learn, grow, and have fun. While leaving your casual interaction might be difficult, it is certainly exciting to see what life has to offer next. So right now, enjoy every minute, because it will be over before you even realize.

But remember, even if you have graduated, we are still here whenever you need support. Don’t hesitate to follow @shareignite on Instagram and share with us what you are up to!

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