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10 Things To Do After You Graduate From College

Did you just graduate from college? Congrats! Graduating, no matter your age or education level, is such an accomplishment. But now that you graduated from college as an adult student, there are some things you should do to ensure you’re using your education to its highest potential.

Graduates, do these 10 things to prepare yourself for a successful career after graduation

1. Rest and reset

Graduating from college as an adult is one of the most fulfilling experiences! Because of all your hard work, it’s time to rest and take a breather.

2. Go somewhere

A great way to refresh after college is by going on a trip! Whether you travel overseas or have a staycation, unwind and celebrate your accomplishment with your loved ones.

3. Update your resume

It’s time to add your new degree to your resume. Recognize this accomplishment and share it. You can also add it to your social media profiles and on LinkedIn.

4. Continue your job hunt

Once you revamp your resume, it’s time to do some serious job hunting, whether you’re looking for a new career or just want to advance in your current field. Don’t give up – your dream job awaits!

5. Consider grad school

If you graduated with an associate's or bachelor’s degree, you might consider continuing your education. For bachelor’s degree holders, consider exploring online graduate degree programs.

6. Frame your diploma

Once you receive your official diploma in the mail, frame it! This will remind you of your big accomplishment, plus you’ll keep it protected in a frame.

7. Celebrate being an alum

No matter where you graduated from, be proud to be an alum. Most colleges and universities have an online bookstore where you can shop for t-shirts, hats, and other alumni apparel.

8. Sell your books

If you have any books that you purchased beyond the textbooks provided by CCU, it's time to let them go. You can do that online, including on Amazon, or you can go to a book buyback event.

9. Prepare for loan payments

As much as you probably want to avoid talking about tuition, it’s important to have a timeline and a plan for repaying your student loans. Find student loan resources online to help.

10. Get involved

Because of your degree, you now have a decent amount of experience within your field. Get involved with other professionals by attending networking events and connecting via LinkedIn.

Haven’t graduated yet? Here are some tips on what to do before you graduate.

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