The transition from college life to post-graduation life can be a stressful time for students. There are plenty of advantages to moving out that can help ease that transition. Keep reading for the benefits of living on your own after graduation and how you can make the most of it!

Financial Freedom

  • Money: Moving out post-graduation is a great opportunity to secure your financial freedom, but it is also a big responsibility. You are now solely in control of your finances and managing your money. You will be paying your own bills, buying your own groceries, and maybe even paying student loans. Take this time to set up a budget for your expenses so you can live within your means!

Independence

  • Self Discipline: Having your own independence is something you experience in college. Moving out after graduation will help you continue to achieve that independence. Living on your own can lead to a lot of self-discovery and decision making. Decision making can be a source of stress, but making the final decisions in your life is part of finding your independence. Holding yourself accountable when it comes to everyday life will be a learning process. Set goals, create healthy habits, and stay organized. These tricks will help you maintain your independence.

Community

  • Choosing your community: A great benefit of moving out is that you can choose where you want to live! There are many aspects when deciding on a place to live.
    • City or Town Size: Finding the right fit is crucial to a smooth and happy transition. Whether you want to live in a big city or rural town, it’s important to identify which one works best for your lifestyle.
    • Commute Time and Public Transportation: This is a necessary factor to consider when choosing the community you want to live in. Having accessible public transportation and a shorter commute to work will provide less stress.
    • Roommates: Living with roommates after graduation is an option! It can help save money on your rent and make the experience more fun. Selecting your roommates is a big choice because you want to make sure they are compatible.

Moving out after graduation is a fun and beneficial experience. Moving out may not work for everyone, so consider your options before you make a choice. Hopefully, you will be able to take these advantages of moving out and put them to use!

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Think living at home is a better option? Find out the benefits of moving home post-graduation here!

 

The months following college graduation are quite ambiguous for most students. Many of you have become accustomed to living on your own for the past for years, and the thought of transitioning back into your old household may not appear as the most enticing choice. However, the financial benefits of living at home, as well as a few more that we will list below, may convince you to consider this option. Especially for those of you on the job hunt – it’s important to evaluate these advantages!

Saving Money!

  • Rent-Free Living: In most cases, living at home means that you will be able to avoid the costs of rent that come with cities. If you are looking to save up for your first apartment’s rent, staying at home a few months will help you set aside a substantial amount of money that you can use to create a stable, prepared future.
    • Extra Tip: Don’t just talk about saving, do it! Set a strict monthly amount to hold yourself accountable for, that way you will force yourself to “walk the walk” and take action.
  • Other Ways to Save:
    • Use your money saved from rent to invest in stocks, bonds or other investments!
    • Start paying off student loans.
    • Ensure that you have a positive, strong credit score.
    • Begin thinking about your future budget; plan out an estimate of monthly expenses so as to prepare for your future move out.

Other Home Benefits . . .

  • Utilizing Home Network: Placing yourself back into a setting surrounded by loving family members, old friends, or neighbors will allow you to utilize your network while searching for a new position. You never know which old relationship may provide you your next opportunity! Remember, it is always important to be constantly working to make connections and expand your network in the business world. Living at home is a great head start!
  • Time to Plan: It is likely that your last semester in college was filled with job applications, last minute exams or projects, and most certainly, lots of celebrations! We understand that you may feel as though you haven’t had a moment to yourself to start seriously considering your professional opportunities and hopes for your career. Settling back in at home will provide you significant time to reflect on your desires and start planning to make them a reality.
  • Try Out Something New: Maybe being at home will allow you to finally try out that new hobby you’ve been thinking about for years! Make sure you are keeping yourself busy so as to stay motivated. Other ideas include art classes, cooking classes, new workouts, or even some outdoor activities like kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding.
  • Family! Let’s not forget, you’ve likely been away from your family for years! It’s crazy how much a few months will allow you to spend quality time with those you love while doing things you love with your new found free time. While we encourage you to continue your job search throughout this time, we hope you recognize the importance of taking advantage of these priceless moments…. and especially… home cooked meals!

Graduating college is a huge transitional moment in your life, and we’re here to help ensure that you have the smoothest move-out and move-in possible. On Monday, we’ll introduce you to some of the benefits of moving out following graduation instead of staying at home.

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Looking for a city to move to? Find out which qualities to evaluate in your search here!

There are a truly endless number of cities to look into as you begin planning for your future career and lifestyle post-graduation. Today, we’re here to open your eyes to some of the highlights that will impact your life depending on the city you move to! Keep reading to find them out and assess your own likes and dislikes.

  • Career Expansion Opportunities: Before you accept a position in a new city, it is important to look into their competitors, and general opportunities geared towards your career path in a given city. If you set yourself up somewhere where there are several opportunities to pursues different companies and move up the “totem pole”, then you will avoid ever feeling stuck where you are!
  • General Costs: Depending on which city you pursue a new life in, you will incur different levels of daily taxes and expenses. It is important to be able to evaluate how your desired lifestyle will align with these costs. Envisioning daily or weekly costs, such as groceries, gas or utilities will allow you to decide where you best fit.
  • Climate: As a mid-west native, I can attest to how much of an impact weather has on your day-to-day life! It is crucial to be conscious of how often you may be able to be outside, in light clothing, bundled up, commute by foot, etc. If you have a preference for warm or cold weather, that will help you to narrow down your list right away!
  • Night Life and Culture: Although your job opportunity may be a driving factor of the cities you are looking into, your future social life as a result of where you live will prove to be a large factor in your happiness and satisfaction! So, looking into the volume of restaurants, activities, bars, coffee shops, movie theaters, or other social spots will help you to envision the life you will be able to create for yourself surrounded by those in the city you choose.
  • Taxes: Different cities, and more so different states and areas of the United States have different levels of income, state, and sales taxes that will make a large dent in your income. It is important to consider this when deciding where to settle down for your first career, as the lifestyle you hope to live should be able to accommodate your tax payments! Did you know… “Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon don’t collect sales tax for retail sales and some other services?” (thebalance.com).
  • Additional Aspects to Evaluate: Real estate value, safety/crime rates, education systems, transportation options, city size, healthcare, accessible airports, distance from family/friends, and distance from your job location.

Each city you view will present its own unique list of advantages, disadvantages, and your personal likes or dislikes. Remembering that your living circumstance is often only temporary should help relax some of the weight on your shoulders in making this large decision. So, sit back, use our list, and you’ll find your perfect match in no time!

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Recent graduate? Find out how to find a job after college here!

The idea of risk is one that may be viewed as an abstract idea to the average business professional. How a company copes with risk, implements programs to deal with risk, and the strategies in which they may encourage risk are evolving topics that are subject to change at the blink of an eye. Each person in this world has a different perspective on what it means to deal with risk and how much they are willing to take. Find out those different types of people so that you can identify your employees here!

Risk-Averse

In the most straight forward explanation, risk-averse people are those that are most likely to buy insurance. Where paying a premium will most likely result in a loss from your point of view, a risk-averse employee is willing to undertake that loss in the hopes of protecting themselves from an even greater loss. These types of people see risk as hazardous, dangerous, and a general unpleasant idea. For that reason, these same people are less likely to take on new projects which provide great opportunities for benefit, but also the chance of a decent loss.

Risk-Neutral

Risk-neutral employees will not exactly see risk as a danger to stay away from, but more so deal with it as it comes and goes on a daily basis. Where risk-averse people may be willing to give up opportunities or spend extra resources to avoid a loss occurrence, these people are driven more directly by opportunity cost and expected value. If there is a positive expected value of a new business venture (ie: the probability of a “win” outweighs the probability of a company monetary “loss”), then these employees will likely follow up on their new opportunity.

Risk Seeking

A risk-seeking individual will view those projects will large risk as much more enticing than their counterparts. Although certain endeavors may entail opportunities for loss, the gains that may unfold in these people’s mind are “worth the risk.” It is important to gauge the preferences of these types of employees especially in an investment firm, insurance companies, or in other roles where employees are in charge of handling mass sums of money.

It is important to understand that each organization will handle risk differently, often as a result of owning and operating vastly difference assets. There is no “greatest” risk preference, and no guide that will teach you exactly which steps to take to control for risk while also making sure to secure the greatest benefits and rewards. What is important is to be aware of these types of perspectives in hiring new employees, developing your firm goals, and in assigning people to various projects.

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Find out why summer courses may benefit YOU here!

If you are finding yourself in a position with free time in your upcoming summer months, and if you have not yet committed to a job or professional position, now may be your perfect time to get ahead or catch up on your courses! Keep reading below to find out the top benefits of enrolling in summer classes.

  1. They’re Shorter! That’s right. More times than not, summer courses offer equivalent credits to courses that usually span throughout an entire semester. In fact, within six to eight weeks, it is reasonable to assume that you could earn anywhere from three to five credits per course. This is a great way to get some classes over with, fulfill prerequisites, or nail out some general requirements.
  2. Flexibility: Many summer courses are offered online or in person. Taking a course online will provide you with immense flexibility and autonomy in completing daily assignments. Even if you are carrying the weight of other commitments, there is a great benefit in weighing how many extra hours you have each week that you could potentially allocate to a summer course.
  3. Speed Up Graduation: By fulfilling requirements at a faster speed than initially planned, you are guaranteed to set yourself up to graduate early. If you are looking to begin working as soon as possible, this is a crucial benefit to look in to.
  4. Try Something New: If your path to graduation is pretty set in stone, then taking a course over the summer may allow you to try out a different topic, path, or even major. It is vastly important to continue solidifying your desire to pursue the career path that aligns with your major, so investing in all types of courses will allow you to build a comprehensive “mental” portfolio of all of your likes and dislikes.
  5. Popular Course Availability: Within each major, there are typically a few courses that seem to fill up immediately as each new enrollment occurs. For that reason, looking into potential summer options may allow you to enroll in courses that would have otherwise filled throughout the academic year.
  6. Greater Access to Favorite Professors: If there is a specific professor that you connected with, taking an additional course they offer over the summer will help you to maintain a strong relationship and even in some cases develop a mentorship. You never know when you may need a letter of recommendation or endorsement, so pursuing any relationship with a professor is worthwhile!
  7. Smaller Classrooms: Since most students overlook their opportunities to take courses over their “off months”, you will likely be granted a great opportunity to learn about a topic in a more intimate setting than you would have achieved during the regular school months.

As you can see, there are several benefits that come with enrolling in summer courses. So, now it’s up to you, what would you like to do with your summer?

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