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How to Use This Guide

Welcome to the Simmons Library post-graduation survival guide.  We've collected information resources for just about every kind of issue that new graduates face and compiled it into this guide.  We have help for everything from finding a roommate to budgeting to taking care of your health.  There's a lot to handle, but this guide can help!

Use the links in the table of contents or tabs at the top of the page to locate print and online resources to help with the college to career transition. If you don't find what you are looking for or need help navigating this guide, don't hesitate to contact the author of this guide or Ask a Librarian for help.


Now What?

Making the transition from college to career can be confusing and a little scary, especially in this job market.  Below are some of the books in the library's collection that can help to get you started. You might also want to look at Conquering the Real World:  A Guide for Achieving Success after College, which is a comprehensive (and free!) college to career tutorial.

And remember, as a Simmons Alum, you are always part of the Simmons community, and may continue to use our services and support even after graduation.

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How to Survive in the Real World - Life after College Graduation
Call Number: Career Resources - HQ2039.U6 H675 2006
This useful, upbeat book collects stories, tips, and advice on finding the best place to live, entering adulthood without losing passion, taking care of one's health, finding a great job, and not going home for the holidays for the first time.

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Life 101: Real World Skills for Graduating College Seniors
Call Number: Career Resources - HQ799.5 .W35 2005
Author Peter C. Wallace uses his forty years of experience as a successful businessman and five years as an associate professor of business administration to create comprehensive and easy-to-read advice for a promising entry in the professional world.

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Graduate! Everything You Need to Succeed After College
Call Number: Career Resources - BJ1661 .G87 2002
"Graduate!" is a complete guide to not just surviving, but thriving and living well after college. It includes advice on finding and keeping a job, renting an apartment, living with a roommate, handling money issues including saving, budgeting, and credit, how to decipher health and auto insurance, and even how to decorate, cook, and dress.

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College Grad Seeks Future
Call Number: Career Resources - HF5381 .G85585 2010
The authors explain to readers the highly individualistic nature of choosing a career, the interesting choices that are frequently overlooked, and the imaginative ways in which young adults can identify their goals and take the necessary steps to realize them.

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The Turbulent Twenties Survival Guide
Call Number: Career Resources - HQ799.5 .S19 2006
Your academic education has prepared you for practical tasks like finding a job or a place to live, but many of the challenges you'll face after college require a different set of skills. This book can help you develop these skills.

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Working in Your Major: How to Find a Job When You Graduate
Call Number: Career Resources - HF5382.7 .G45 2012
This book tackles a daunting problem faced by many new grads-successfully finding a job in their area of study after graduation. The book details effective methods for finding the right job openings; promoting themselves in the job market; acing interviews, both in person and over the phone; and succeeding on the job in their career field.

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