College Graduate Jobs and Money Tips

May 9, 2009

Jobs for college graduates are hard to come by so here’s a list of money tips for recent college graduates to help them manage their finances while they’re looking for their first job with no money coming in.

College Graduation Gifts

Friends and family will likely be looking for college graduation gift ideas to help you celebrate your degree.  Why not suggest these gift ideas for college grads to help you get a financial headstart?

Best Jobs for College Grads

Where you decide to live can have a big impact on the jobs available to you.  Here’s a list of the some of the best cities to live in the US and here’s a rating of available jobs by state.  Since the economy is pretty sluggish right now, here are some suggestions for the best careers in a recession.

Investing for College Grads

The stock market has taken a beating the last several years which really stinks for people about to retire but it could be a great buying opportunity for people just starting to make money in their new careers.  Here are some investing tips for college grads.

Student Loan Payments

Unfortunately you’ll have to start paying back the student loans that helped pay for college.  Here are some student loan tips on delaying your payments, lowering your payments, and consolidating your student loans.

College Graduate Finances

Spending, saving, and budgeting are going to be pretty important skills as you start off with little money from either no job or an entry level job.  Check out the best personal finance software online, all of which are free!  Here are some tips on saving and budgeting for college grads.

Find out how you can start building up your credit score with secured credit cards and secured loans.  If you already have some credit established, here are some of the best credit cards for college graduates.

Health Insurance for College Grads

Once you leave school you’ll have to worry about getting your own health insurance.  You can always look into short term insurance until you find a job that offers insurance coverage. You can read more about your options in health insurance for college graduates.


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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8 Responses to College Graduate Jobs and Money Tips

  • sophie

    The most draining thing about college after graduation is paying back student loans. Even if you were to find a job a significant portion of that will go to paying back student loans.:(

  • Dain

    Great post, and awesome advice for graduates. Looking forward to seeing more great posts like this.

  • Dain

    Great post, and awesome advice for graduates. Looking forward to seeing more great posts like this.

  • Alena

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  • Liz

    I just read a story on not so much hot job markets, but places wherre college grads are flocking. I think DC and NY were toward the top, naturally. More people means bigger market, and let’s face it, the job is the thing. That’s why the gift I’m giving some grads (it depends on circumstance; if they have a job they don’t need this!) is a great book on finding a job, Job Coach for Young Professionals. It covers everything from assessing skills and work values, to getting ready for the interview, to how to conduct a thorough search and — interestingly — how to prepare for that first day. And yes, it covers thank you notes — those are very important and way too many grads don’t realize that!

  • Ben

    Thanks bargain babe!

  • rob

    It’s good to impress on graduates that a little goes a long way. Doing little things like writing thank you notes really make you stand out. Also, why not get personal “calling cards” like in times past – it’s a wonderful way to start promoting yourself!

  • Bargain babe

    Great tips! I’m going to link to it in my weekly round up of the best personal finance posts on!