So, you’re almost done with college, huh? Are you ready for what life’s going to throw your way going forward? Although you’re going to be a college grad, that certainly doesn’t mean you know everything, and that’s okay—we didn’t know everything, either. We know it might feel strange, but there are some big things to consider in your final year in college that are going to shape your future. If you’re wondering what those things are, we’ve got you covered in our guide below.
Your Career Moves
The primary reason you went to college was probably so that you had better career opportunities. Well, now the time’s come to start thinking about your career. While there’s no clear-cut rule of when to start applying for jobs, most students start applying during their final semester. Just make sure you still focus on coursework during your last semester. You don’t want to explain to a potential employer that you can’t start because you need to finish a class.
Ensure Your Social Media Accounts Represent You
Social media is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, social media keeps us all connected—on the other hand, it can ruin your career opportunities. Now that you’re on your way into the real world, your social media accounts should be accurate representations of who you are as a person. Your Instagram account shouldn’t be full of pictures of you partying—be professional and be authentic.
Analyze Your Finances and Prepare Accordingly
Finances are probably the scariest thing to look at before graduating. A college student’s income can vary widely; some students have little to no money at all, while others are doing fine. Debt, on the other hand, is a different story. Many students have the unfortunate reality of student loans, and if you’re one of them, it’s time to start thinking about repayment options. First, you should figure out exactly how much you owe and what your estimated minimum monthly payment would be. Then, you can consider which of the different student loan repayment programs you qualify for and which is the most appropriate.
All things considered, you merely need to change your mindset and think about the future. For the first time in probably decades, you have to think about something other than school. Now that you know what to consider in your final year in college, however, you can set yourself up for success going forward.