What Comes after Graduation?

Now that you’ve attended your high school or college graduation, it’s time to figure out what comes next. While this can be an exciting time for graduates, it can also be a  stressful one. Planning ahead is essential for a successful transition.

Get a Job First

Even if you intend to take a year off to figure out what comes next, you need a job to pay for your monthly expenses. When first apartments are involved, you also need money for the security deposit, which is typically one to two month’s rent. Before you begin your job search, put your resume together and line up a few quality references.

Deciding Where to Live

Are you going to live with your parents or find your own place to live? This is one of your biggest decisions after graduation.

If you choose to live on your own, you also need to figure out a location. Do you want to stay close to family and friends? Perhaps, you want to strike out on your own and move away from everyone and everything you know. 

There’s a lot to learn with first apartments. If you just attended your high school graduation, it may make more sense to stay within reach of some parental help. 

On the other hand, if you went to your college graduation, getting as far away as possible may be appealing. Just remember that doing so can also involve the need to pay for moving help.

Finding Your First Apartment

Every graduate looking for first apartments needs to ask the right kind of questions to find a good fit. It is important for you to make sure that you aren’t getting squeezed on your first apartment. 

Obviously, the landlord is going to do his best to make sure you are going to be a good tenant. Most landlords have experience with potential renters looking for first apartments, giving them insight into the kind of questions they should ask.

As a newly graduated student, you may not be familiar with this scenario. The first thing to do is find out which expenses are included in your monthly rent. This gives you a better idea of how much money you are actually going to need to rent your first apartment. 

Don’t forget to ask about hidden fees, including:

•   Application fees

•   Parking fees

•   Pet fees

•   Paying the last month of rent in advance 

How to Find Moving Help

If this is your first apartment, you may not have a lot of furniture or possessions to move into it. Asking family and friends to help move you in is probably the cheapest option you have. If you recently attended your college graduation, you may need to hire professional movers for help moving all of your stuff. Shop around for prices and make sure that your movers can pull their truck up close to the apartment’s door. You’ll save money if you do both. Once your high school or college graduation is over, you have a lot to do. After all, your parents aren’t going to support you for the rest of your life. If you decide to get your first apartment, make sure you set up some moving help and get a job to pay for it. Your parents can probably help with your search, especially if this is your first time moving into an apartment.

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