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Your Graduation Checklist: 4 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Future Life Goals

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The big day has finally come. You’re graduating! You’re probably relieved to get everything over with, but you’re also probably wondering about what your future will hold. No sweat – at HERE Reno, we’ve compiled a handy checklist to help you plan out your future goals and make sure you start strong for the next stage of your life.

Start Budgeting

If you haven’t already, start keeping track of your monthly expenses. You’ll get a good idea of just how much you’re spending each month and start seeing areas where you’re overspending. Finance apps like Mint help you categorize your spending to show you exactly where your money is going every month. Creating a solid monthly budget and sticking to it will help you both now, and in the future.

Update Your LinkedIn

You’ve probably been hearing this advice from your parents and career advisor as well. That’s because having an updated LinkedIn can be extremely helpful even when you aren’t actively applying to jobs. It’s also a good idea to regularly scroll through your feed to see what friends and acquaintances are up to and maintain connections with past employers. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, now is a great time to make one.

Organize Your Important Documents

It’s always a good idea to have important documents like your driver’s license, passport, and Social Security card readily available. You’ll often need information from them when applying for jobs, and if you’re moving, it’s helpful to have everything you need in one place.

Learn a New Skill

If you have some free time post-graduation, it can be a great opportunity to teach yourself a new skill that could be useful later down the line. Check out a video tutorial on YouTube for Microsoft Excel, or learn how to read and write simple code. You could even start learning a new language with an app like Duolingo.

We hope that this list can provide you with some suggestions and stability during what can be a stressful time in your life. Check out the HERE Reno blog for more suggestions and ideas for your post-grad life.

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