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Transitioning to your First Job

Things to consider when looking for employment.

Last week, we talked about things to consider when applying for or paying off you student loans. This week, we're focusing on the transition away from college and into that first "real" job after school.

Many recent graduates are nervous about finding income, and so they accept the first offer that comes along. Although I understand that money is a big factor in post-college stability, that isn't always the best idea. That first job can set the trajectory for the next several years, and it's important to start out on a path that works for you and your goals. (I speak from experience here.)

Some things to ask: First, is there opportunity for growth? What would that look like? Is there a mentor who could help you make the transition and work towards growth and a career path?

Of course compensation is important, but make sure to think about benefits too. Health insurance is a must, but also ask about retirement accounts and a company match. What is the vesting schedule for that match? Does the company offer other forms of insurance, such as life, vision, dental and disability? Does it come with any other perks, such as assistance paying off those student loans, or tuition assistance for an advanced degree? These are all important questions to ask, as they're part of your overall compensation.

If you or someone you know is graduating from college this year and has questions about making the transition from student to young professional, please, give us a call. We'd love to chat.

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