Tips to Help Navigate Life After College

So you’ve just finished college, or maybe you’ve been out for a little while now and have no clue as to what you’re doing. Leaving college can be daunting because unless you want to go on to do further education, you’re now supposed to be facing the reality of adulthood.  That’s terrifying because what if you don’t know what you want to do? You’ve lived as a student for a few years, and now you’ve been pushed out to fend for yourself. Here are some tips to help navigate life after college.

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Work On Your Resume

Your resume is the first port of call because you’ve probably either not looked it before going to college or you simply don’t have one. Some of us will have odd jobs throughout our school days, but many might not start their very first job until leaving school or college. So with that in mind, you want to work on the resume because this is what’s going to get you noticed and hopefully into those interview rooms for your dream job or career. If you’re refreshing an old resume, add on your education and then tweak the experience slightly to reflect what you’ve been doing in college. That might not be a lot, but every little helps. When writing your bio, keep it brief because you can always go into more detail if you need to provide a cover letter.

If you’re writing your very first resume, then you can find a simple template online. You want to make it stand out in a good way, so don’t go too fancy or complicated with the resume design. Keep it short and sweet, and ideally, you don’t want to go over two pages. If you haven’t had much experience, then it’s unlikely you’ll go over one page.

Speak To A Careers Advisor If You’re Lost

Trying to figure out what you want to do can be difficult, and there will be a point where you may feel so lost about what it is you actually want to do with the rest of your life. It’s a big ask after all. Careers advisors can be found down your local jobcentre, or you could go back to the college campus and speak to a student advisor there. They can offer you some professional advice and guide you through the options that you may have in front of you currently and what you might like to do in the future. Use this as an opportunity to discuss any worries or fears that you might have moving forward and ask questions. A careers advisor is going to certainly help you get some focus on what’s out there and what you should be doing next in order to secure a job, whether that’s something that starts off your career or whether you want to go straight for that dream job. It all depends on what skills and experience you need.

Get Your Finances In Order

Oh, the finances – let’s talk about that. When you go to college or university, the fees are going to be expensive, and so you may have a lot of student loan debt. It’s a good idea that you get a job as soon as possible as you want to start paying it back. However, it’s worth getting your finances in order and creating a budget for yourself so that you save your money to enjoy your adult life too. You can’t really afford to live that student lifestyle now. To get everything in one place, find out what you owe and who you owe it to. Try to consolidate all this into one loan if possible so you can keep an eye on it.  You may want to refinance the loan if the current one isn’t really making much headway in paying it off. Keep on top of your budget and work with what you have from take-home and try to save any extra money you can in order to continue paying the loan off. It’s going to take a while, but it’s all worth it for the degree that you got in the process.

Expect To Fail At Some Point

This might be hard to hear, but everyone fails at some point. Some fail multiple times, and that’s ok because failure is a life lesson that is certainly worth learning. Don’t be worried about failing or going into a role that you might not be enjoying a few months later down the line. That’s completely normal, and it just means you have to figure out what it is you enjoy and what you’re not enjoying. Everyone’s different, and everyone finds their feet at different points.

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It’s hard to come to terms with the reality that the role or job you wanted to go into might not be something you no longer want to do. However, that’s nothing to be afraid of, and you will certainly find the thing you want to do in life. It’s just going to take some adjustments and looking at what you are talented at. 

Seek Advice For Job interview Prep

When you’ve found the job you’d like to go for, next comes the interview prep. If you’ve received notification of an interview, then congratulations! That was half the battle and now comes the decider on whether you’re right for the role or not. Always remember that even though you might have everything they need, you might not be the right suit for the company. That’s nothing against you as a person, it’s just who might fit the dynamic a little better. Interview preparation is a little daunting when you’ve not done it before. It’s always good to get some advice from friends and family or perhaps contacting someone in that current position on LinkedIn is a good idea. They might be able to give you some handy pointers on how they performed in the interview and what they feel may have swayed the judgement of the interview panel.

Before the interview, make sure you’ve practised the way you’ll speak to people before and during the interview. It might be good to have someone do a mock interview so that you can practice some questions that might be similar to the ones asked in the interview. Think about the clothing you wear in relation to the type of company it is and always approach the interview with confidence and a smile. Don’t be boastful or try to fake your way through an interview because chances are, they’ll see right through it. Just be yourself and be honest if you don’t know how to answer a question. Ask questions back, too, when given the opportunity to do so.

Experience Is Needed

Even though you’ve just spent an ample part of your life studying, to be told that experience is valued moreover a degree is a bit of a gut punch but its true. A lot more employers will want experience over qualifications. That doesn’t mean that qualifications are useless. If you had the experience and qualifications, and someone just had experience, then who do you think is likely to get it? Don’t get too down-hearted if you lack the experience because you might impress them enough with your personality and how you come across to them, in person. There will be times where you need to start from another role and build yourself up with experience before you can go for that dream role. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don’t feel like you’re missing out or starting too late in your career.

Know Who Your Friends Are

You make friends throughout your lifetime and those that you had in college, might not be your lifelong friends. The same goes for those you make in school, those in your hometown and those at work. You are likely to have a mixture and perhaps a small selection of constant friends who drift in and out of your life. Only you know who your true friends are because they are the ones you call on first to meet up for drinks. They are those people who you call in an emergency because the chances are, they’ll be there ready to do whatever you need them to do. Friends come, and friends go, and even though it might be tough to grasp, that’s adult life. We all have our careers and our personal lives to live, and that might mean that you miss seeing others for a while. However, those friends who are going to stay will make an effort to see you and vice versa.

Navigating life after college is tough, but like everything in life, you learn to adapt to the change, and you’ll find your rhythm eventually. So work on your resume if it’s a little bit out of date and speak to a careers adviser if you’re having trouble picking your career path. Sort you your finances moving forward, work on your experience and get ready for your life as an adult. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

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Ideas For Learning New Skills Online

Learning new skills is a lot of fun, and it is even more exciting when you can do it at your own pace in your comfortable clothes. The internet has made that a possibility, and it is so diverse you can pretty much learn anything you like for free. It might be something to support your career, or it might be something you just really want to be good at. Either way, here are some ideas for learning new skills online. 

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Cooking

If you have always wanted to branch out and cook some great cuisine, then you can hit the internet and find everything you want. From learning how to make dairy-free ice cream, to the ultimate beef wellington. You can check out some recipes on Facebook pages like Tasty, or BOSH for great vegan food. There are some amazing YouTube channels dedicated to food too. Write down a few recipes and hit the internet to start creating. 

Design

Great design is a sight to behold. It looks beautiful and serves a purpose. To learn how to do it to a professional corporate standard might take a few years, but in the meantime, you can use Canva to get used to playing with graphics, layouts, and how to use the space well. If you are interested in developing the skill further, then check out the courses on Udemy and Coursera. You’ll be creating cool stuff in no time at all. 

Computer

Most of us know how to use a computer to some degree. But there is so much more to computer possibilities than just playing a few games or writing emails. Free coding courses have exploded in the last few years, and while they are pretty basic in comparison to what programmers do – they are a lot of fun and will get you started. You might want to check out other skills and IT training too – because you can add these to your CV, they make a great time and money investment. 

Language

Learning a new language is a lot of fun for two reasons – the first is it can help you travel and see more of the world. For example, Spanish is a great option to travel to a lot of Europe and many other countries too. The second is more job-related. You can become a translator, verbal, or written – or you can search for jobs in your new language speaking country. 

Drawing

This one might take more motivation, but the improvement you will see week after week is going to be amazing. We all used to draw a lot when we were little without even thinking about it; as we get older, the time and confidence fade a little. But you can find great free online art courses that can help you explore different styles. Art is great because it adds an element of calm and creativity into our lives – and who doesn’t want more of that? 

Learning online is very convenient and a lot of fun – so what’s stopping you? 

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Great Tips for First-Time College Students

If you are a first-time college student, then you may feel nervous about what’s ahead. You might even be dreading your first day too, but you really do have nothing to worry about. Everything you’re feeling right now is completely normal and there are so many people who are in the same situation as you.

Make your Classes your Priority

College can be a fun and exciting experience. You’ll meet new friends and you may even find that you are able to learn more about yourself too. The main thing that you do need to focus on though is your classes. If you don’t then your education will suffer and you may even find that you are not able to pull things back before the end of the term.

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Try and Obtain Perfect Attendance

A lot of college professors make attendance optional. If you want to make the most out of your college experience, then you need to try and maintain a perfect level of attendance.  This will give you the drive you need to succeed, and it will also help you to establish a good routine too. The earlier you can set good habits, the more likely you’ll be to get that perfect grade.

Study More than you Need

If you want to do the best you can when at college then you need to plan out how long you think you need to study for each exam. You also need to start your study sessions earlier than you realise too. When you believe that you’ve calculated the number of hours you need, double it. Studying requires a lot of time and dedication, and if you don’t take it seriously then it may affect your grade.

Buy A Good Laptop

Another thing that you need to do is invest in a good laptop. If you are constantly having to deal with slow speeds or crashing, then this will stop you from being able to work as efficiently as you could be, and this is the last thing that you need. You also need to make sure that you have a cloud system installed too, as this can help you to access your work across multiple devices which is always a good thing when you are going to college and using different systems every single day. If you’re stuck for choice then SimplyClouds are a great option.

Don’t Plagiarise

When writing an important paper, you might be tempted to copy from a website or even take facts as they are written and include them into your piece. You should avoid this as much as possible because if you don’t then your college professor may pick you up for plagiarism and this can really go against your final grade. If you want to help yourself here, then take your time to develop your writing skills and also make sure that you go that extra mile when doing your research. You’ll be better for it and you may even find that it helps you to get that higher grade too.

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Is It Time For A Career Change?

If you’re not happy in your career, it could be a huge sign that you need to make a career change. But how do you work out what you really do want to do? Let’s take a look.

Following Your Passion

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Or do something creative? Or teach? Maybe you’re in the wrong career right now, and you know it! Then why not think about what you need to do to change jobs or move industries? Or, start to write your first book. Just make sure that you have savings behind you if you decide to take a pay cut, before you make the move.

Doing Your Own Thing

Or maybe you’ve always wanted to start your own business? Or go freelance? When this is the case, you’re going to want to put the work in behind the scenes, in order to build this up before you change careers. It’s always important to know that this can work, and have savings behind you as we talked about in the previous point.

Going Back To School

You’ve also got the option to go back to school to get your master’s. This can be either in your current field, or in something new if you’re looking to move. With a master’s, you may be able to go after a better job, earn more, or even start teaching yourself. There are so many benefits of going back to school and getting your master’s. Just take a look at the infographic below and you can see why.


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5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Play Sports

We all know that playing sports is healthy. Not only does it encourage social skills and friendships, but it also gets children active which is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle. The good news is, there are lots of sports to choose from, so it’s likely you’ll find something your child enjoys. Here are a few ways to encourage your child to get involved in sports.

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Don’t Force Them

With the rise of computer games, social media and devices for children, it can be harder than ever to tempt young minds into playing sports. The important thing is not to force them into doing a particular sport. Even if you’re a keen football supporter or you’ve been watching tennis since you were a child, your own child may choose something entirely different. Allow them to explore the options, but only invest in equipment when you know your child is serious about playing.

Grace Under Pressure

Every sport is competitive, and competition can take its toll on children. When a child loses a match, it can feel like failure, even when they played their best. In most sports, children aren’t given trophies just for taking part, so learning to lose gracefully is part and parcel of playing sports. It’s also a great life lesson – being a sore loser won’t get your child very far. Teaching your child that losing is okay, as long as they have done their best will set them up for playing any kind of sport.

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Give Them What They Need

There are many sports that require parents to make an investment. Sports classes often cost money in themselves, but you may also be required to buy equipment and clothing. For example, youth baseball jerseys aren’t always cheap, but they do make a child feel like part of the team. Having the right equipment isn’t just about looking and feeling good; it’s about giving your child the best chance at succeeding in their chosen sport.

Lower Your Expectations

It’s easy for parents to put pressure on their children without realizing it. It’s important to allow your child to develop at a normal rate, rather than pushing them to achieve things sooner than anyone else. The only role you need to play is that of a supportive parent. Make sure your child attends practice as often as possible and he is surrounded by individuals who will encourage him to do his best.

Choose a Good Coach

Many child athletes stick with their childhood coaches well into adulthood and through their careers. Finding the right coach can take some time, but once you have a good one, they’re worth their weight in gold. Your child’s coach should have a proper teaching technique but also be able to distinguish the differences between each student. Knowing what a student needs and how to bring the best out in them is a talent only few coaches possess.

Remember that your child needs down time while playing any sport in order to create a balanced life.

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Finding Help And Support Online

We all need advice from time to time, and the internet can be a great place to find it. There are many reasons for finding help and support online. Perhaps you need help learning how to do something, or you feel embarrassed discussing problems with friends and family – whatever the reason, there are plenty of channels you can find the support you need.

Learn more about finding help and advice online to help you get the support you need.

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Read blogs from like-minded people

Blogs can be a fantastic way to connect, especially if you have an interest in a particular subject. Many bloggers have a specific ‘niche’ that means they’ll only really write about certain topics. This could be a dietary or a health-based blog, or even about something completely random. Whatever your interest or your concern, you can be sure there’s a blog from someone who’s like you. Reading the advice and experience of others can help provide you with support and reassurance. It’s also worth noting that the blogging world can be a very engaging one, so it’s worth opening up and having conversations with a blogger if you want to discuss something in more depth.

Why not start your own blog and help someone else who might be experiencing the same thing as you?

Visit charities and other websites for advice

Charity and health websites can be excellent sources of information. If you’ve been diagnosed with an illness or a problem, then these websites can be useful, informed resources for finding out the information you need. They can also point you in the direction of where to get further advice or how to talk to someone if needed. Remember to only visit trusted websites by organizations that you’ve heard of, as many people put out fake information online that could cause potential harm.

Explore forums and discussion boards

It’s not always easy to speak to family and friends about your problems, but discussion boards and forums could be a good place to get the advice you need as well as share your problems with other. Forums like Inspire bring people together, providing a safe place to share thoughts and ideas. While you should never go through something alone, an online support group can be a good place to start until you’re ready to speak to someone in your life offline.

Whatever you need help and support with, the internet can offer many avenues to help you get it. When talking to people online, it’s important to remember that you are talking to strangers, after all, so be familiar with the risks and precautions to take when chatting online. While it’s easy to go online to seek advice, remember that there are people you can talk to offline too, friends, family, and your doctor are all sources you should trust to confide in, so don’t be afraid to open up to them to help you get the support you need.  

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The Best Courses That Lead To Jobs

You don’t need me to tell you that finding a job is hard. It’s a competitive world out there, so you have to be well-prepared when looking for work. One way to help increase your chances of being hired is by educating yourself. Take a course, gain specific qualifications, and this opens up so many employment doors.

The question is; which courses are worth taking? Today, we’ll discuss the different educational courses that will help lead directly to jobs!

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Dentistry Courses

There are plenty of dentistry courses out there that lead to employment almost right away. I think it’s something like 90% of dental students find a job as soon as they graduate. It’s a shockingly high percentage, which goes to show the value of this type of course. The most obvious path is a five-year one where you train to become an actual dentist. Then, you can add an extra couple of years onto that to specialize in a particular area. Or, there are shorter courses for hygienists or dental nurses, both of which have equally impressive career prospects.

You need the right educational qualifications to do anything in the dental world. So, dentistry courses are extremely valuable as the rewards totally outweigh the costs of the course. When you gain the qualifications, it becomes very easy to find work.

Aviation Courses

Typically, aviation courses are run by universities and last three years or more. With these, you will learn all the skills needed to make it in the aviation sector. There are loads of courses around, and you should have a look online to find more info on the best ones. The jobs they lead into are diverse, and it depends on the specific course you took. From classes that give you a degree in aviation management, to ones that qualify you as a pilot; the sky’s the limit!

What makes these courses so beneficial is that you can’t really get jobs in this sector without the right qualifications. So, you immediately increase your chances of finding work by studying a relevant course and becoming qualified to take on roles that other people won’t be able to apply for.

Web Development Courses

How many websites do you encounter every day? We all spend hours a day loading up sites and browsing the web. But, do you ever stop and think about how all these sites get there in the first place? It’s all thanks to web developers who help code the websites and make them work. As a result, the demand for web developers is going through the roof. The problem is, this type of job is highly skilled, and you need the right training to be good at it. Which is why web development courses have become so popular!

The beauty of these courses is that they’re often very short and you can do them online from home. There are some university courses, but you usually don’t need an actual degree to get a job in this field. As long as you’ve gone on a course and learned all the right skills, that’s enough to find work and get paid. With more and more websites popping up every second, this is a career that will get more and more significant as time goes on.

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Building/Construction Courses

You may not see a job in building or construction as very glamorous, but taking a course on this subject is highly valuable. People who graduate with degrees in building/construction have a high chance of finding a job within a few months. Contrary to what you might think, this doesn’t mean you’ll be getting your hands dirty on a construction site. Often, these courses are more focused on the logistics behind construction and the management of sites. So, you’ll be in charge of overseeing operations and ensuring everything runs smoothly.

There are many courses to consider, such as quantity surveying or property development. These are two of the most popular as they lead to very well-paid jobs!

As you should be able to see, taking specific courses will dramatically enhance your employment opportunities. Most of the options on this list are courses you take in university. However, the web development one proves that you don’t need a degree to find a course that’ll help you get a job. To make things even better, the jobs you get after completing courses tend to be very skilled ones that pay extremely well! So, it’s often worth putting in the effort and studying hard because of the financial rewards you get when you find a job afterwards.

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