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How to help your college graduate adjust to real life

Here are a few ideas to help your graduate adjust to real life after the homework and finals are complete.
Courtnie Erickson, FamilyShare Modified: May 24, 2014 at 8:28 am •  Published: May 30, 2014

College graduation marks the end of a wondrous chapter and the beginning of a new life. College was a time for friends, late night cram sessions and homework. However, once you have that degree, the quest for a “grown-up” job begins and in this economy, that can be challenging.

I remember when my college graduation was quickly approaching, and I needed a plan. My life plan stopped at college graduation, and then I was uncertain. I knew I needed to find a job to support my little family while my husband continued with his education. However, facing the job market was scary and stressful. I knew I needed a good job but being a recent college graduate meant my experience was limited.

If your son, daughter or spouse has just graduated from college, you can help them adjust to real life instead of the life of textbooks and finals. You can help them find success without being too overbearing and forceful. Here are a few suggestions to help your college graduate adjust to real life.

Dress the part

College meant jeans and t-shirts. It wasn’t uncommon to see students walk into class looking like they just rolled out of bed. Life after college means looking a little more presentable. Encourage your graduate to own a nice business-attire outfit for job interviews. If her career requires her to dress up each day, coax her into spending money on professional-looking clothing. If he can wear jeans to work, help him understand it is still important to look presentable and not sloppy. Your appearance makes a large impression on yourself and your work.

Establish a financial plan

Life after college means one thing for many graduates, the payments on student loans begins. To help pay off student loans in a timely manner, it is important to sit down with your college graduate and establish a financial plan. Take a look at his income and expenses and figure out a way to cover all his needs. Also, always make sure to put money away for savings. And if you don’t have the income to make ends meet, sacrifice. Downsize in housing, less fast food, or selling a vehicle may all be options to help cover the growing expenses of reality.

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