Category Archives: Post Grad and Career

Career Advice: Cleaning Up Your Online Profiles

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





You may still be waiting on that dream job offer, but there are some things you can take care of right now to make sure you are presenting yourself in the right light, starting with your social media presence.

A lot of us typically do not think about what we post as our status updates on our social networks. We don’t think about who might see it or how it could be taken, whether or not our profile is “private” or “public.” It’s important that we start paying attention to these things. Anyone, including potential employers and internship coordinators, has the ability to view our profiles – so make sure you are presenting yourself professionally.

To give you an idea how to clean up your profiles, here are things you should avoid posting:

1. Relationship Problems

Social media is not the place to air your dirty laundry. Invest in a handwritten journal or vent to friends and family in person instead of publically posting relationship drama.

Did you just break up with me facebook post

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2. Work Troubles

Upset because of the hours you’re working or not working? Get into an argument with a coworker? Keep it to yourself. Ranting online about employees, customers, or your boss can cost you your current job and prevent you from future ones.

Work Job Rant On Facebook Lose Job

Photo © Mandatory

3. Legal Issues

Arguing with your landlord, custody issues, court dates, or suing someone are all private matters that should not be shared. No one wants to get involved with someone who is involved with legal issues, especially a future employer.

Twitter Court Rant Issue

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4. Alcohol

One celebration because of a job offer or graduation is okay. Don’t be continuously posting pictures or statuses of alcohol consumption – especially if you are not legally of age! Even if you are over 21, employers aren’t looking for the biggest partier as their new hire.

Drunk Tweet on Twitter Post

Photo © Huffington Post

5. Trashy Photos

Too often, my newsfeed is littered with friends posting batches of photos from their wild weekend at the bars or at parties with friends. Almost 100% of the time, they are inappropriate. This falls under the alcohol category but also applies to drug use, sexual activity, vandalism, and other controversial acts.

Drunk Girls Puking On Lawn

Photo © Business Times

A good way to approach your networks is to ask yourself, “If I were an employer, would this update or photo negatively influence my hiring decision?” If the answer is yes, don’t post it. Remember you are trying to present yourself in the best way. Think branding. It’s not just for companies anymore, but also about your own self-image.

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Getting That Career In Gear

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography





The summer is the perfect time to relax and take a few deep breaths, but it is also the perfect time to take some serious steps towards your future.  With the help of professors from the University of Iowa, I have put together this list of summer “Career Must Do’s” that will put you at the front of the pack.

1. Make Business Cards

It may sound silly, but do it. Having a business card on you at all times with your name, a way to contact you, and the college you are attending is a great way to seal a connection. Whoever you give this card to will be impressed with how prepared you are and start considering how they can utilize a person with these skills. Visit to make your cards for free, just pay shipping!

John Smith Business Card

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2. Create A Timeline

Having goals is a start, but just having the idea is not enough. Sit down with a calendar and a list of goals you want to achieve and give yourself a deadline. Deadlines can be daunting, so give yourself a few rewards along the way for completing the steps, like a weekend road trip or a manicure.  When you are done, tell people! If you can show future employers that you made a plan and successfully followed through, that is an asset that will make you stand out.

Calendar Deadline Timeline

Photo © Wharton

3. Learn A New Skill

Show that you are well rounded! Learn how to play a new sport or speak a new language. Future employers want to know that you can work hard and still have a good time. A new skill, such as a new language, can even help you in getting a job!

Foreign Language Books

Photo © Degree Dictionary

4. Work On Your Confidence

This may be the most important thing you do this summer. Start creating a sense of confidence within yourself. If you do not believe you can do it, they are not going to believe it either. Just make sure you draw the line between confident and cocky. Confident sends a good message. Cocky sends you out the door.

Business Man In Suit Leaping In Confidence

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These are tried and true tips that are guaranteed to get you noticed and put you at the front of the pack. A big thanks to the professors at the University of Iowa who shared their advice!

Have any tips you feel are worth sharing?? Let us know!

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What To Do Before You Move

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





After college, a lot of grads choose to move, whether it’s for a job offer, to volunteer or travel before settling down back home, or even for a significant other. But what do they do with their stuff? How do they make the move as smooth as possible? Here are a few steps to take if you’re considering moving.

1. Purge

Consider selling what you can’t afford to bring with you, or no longer need/use. For small items, such as books, CDs, or movies, you can either list them on Craigslist or take them to your local bookstore to see if they’re interested. You can list furniture on Craigslist as well. Kitchen items can be taken to Goodwill, because unless it’s a crystal matching set, you probably won’t have much luck trying to sell them.

Purging Old Books To Donate

Photo © The Chaos & The Clutter

2. Storage

If you have a lot of stuff, consider renting a storage unit for the things you aren’t taking. Monthly storage fees can be high, so call around to make sure you get the lowest rate. Another option is to share a unit with a friend who is also needing storage to split the fee.

Storage Unit Garage Shed

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3. Mail

If you have bills (cell phone, car insurance, gym membership, etc.), make sure you either transfer the address on the account or cancel it altogether. If you’re moving to a place where the mail system is not very stable, ask your parents if you can have your mail forwarded to their house.

Letter Mail

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4. Student Loans

Remember now, you’re in the “real world” and that six month grace period will come to an end. Have a plan so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute. If you know you’ll be out of the country when the time comes to start paying your loans, arrange online payments. Also, update your address with the loan company so any statements or activity reports aren’t missed.

Student Loan Debt Graduation

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5. Bank

As soon as possible, set up a bank account in your new area of residence. If you move abroad, make sure you let the U.S. Embassy know you’re in that new country. This is just a general safety rule.

Bank Teller Money

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6. Car

If you are moving abroad, you probably won’t be taking your car with you. You can either sell it or store it for when you come home. Maybe a family member has some room at their house, or maybe you could use the cash and are ready to let it go. Either way, make sure you don’t just leave it in the airport parking lot.

Guy Sitting In Back Of Red Car Smiling

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Where are you moving to? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Creative Lunches For The Working Student

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography





For those who are working this summer, lunch is usually one of two things: either you are brown bagging or you are going out to lunch every day. Neither of these options are ideal. The sandwich you made in the morning is soggy by lunch, and going out to eat every day can really empty out your wallet! That’s why I like to make my own lunches the night before and get a little more creative than a sandwich. Here are my top lunch ideas that are quick, easy to make, and taste great!

1. Veggie Pasta

Pick your favorite pasta (my favorite is penne) and a few veggies and you’ve got yourself a lunch. I fry up some garlic, a handful of sliced mushrooms, one chopped bell pepper, and a teaspoon of olive oil. I mix the cooked pasta in when the veggies are soft and as a finishing touch I sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.

Penne Veggie Broccoli Pasta with Parmesan Cheese Lunch Dish

Photo © Chef Mom

2. Salad

There are many different kinds of salads, but I prefer a handful of baby arugula and baby spinach. I toss in some fresh mozzarella with the juice of one lemon mixed  with a teaspoon of olive oil. This is very easy to do and tasty to boot!

Arugula Spinach Salad With Parmesan Cheese

Photo © Kalyn’s Kitchen

3. Pita Pocket

If you prefer a sandwich for lunch but are getting tired of the same regular sandwiches, switch it up and make your sandwich with pita. I like to toast my pita pockets first, then fill it with my favorite sandwich fillings: tuna, lettuce and tomato, or ham and cheese. Toasting the pita is a lot better than a normal sandwich and the bread doesn’t get soggy like normal sandwich bread does.

Tuna Lettuce Tomato Pita Sandwich

Photo © She Knows

Try out these recipes to spruce up your lunch!

Tell us in the comments below what you like to do for a fun, easy, and creative lunch!

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The Biggest Grad Mistake You Can Make

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





Not too long ago, I realized I was planning my post-grad plans around the plans of my friends and family. Because I’ll be graduating soon, I thought this was a pretty crucial problem. Graduation is one of the biggest milestones in our lives. It’s pretty much the first test on how we are choosing to proceed with our lives, and only we can make the best decision for ourselves.

Group of family and friends in a circle on the grass

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I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I was applying for all these different post-grad options, as seen in my last blog, I was considering how that would affect my relationship with my best friend and my parents. It wasn’t an entirely bad thing, because it meant I was considering others, but then I realized my friends and family don’t plan their lives around me! If I plan around people in my life, I won’t really be living my life for me.

It occurred to me that I might not be the only graduating student planning the next steps of my life this way, so I wanted to pass on a handy tip. My mom told me to ask myself, “If I was the only person I had to worry about, what would I do?” This is a good question to ask yourself.

Female College Student Holding Books


If you have only yourself to consider, it suddenly becomes much easier to make difficult decisions. Of course, if you’re in a relationship, you do have to ask yourself how your decision will impact the other person, but don’t let it keep you from doing something. I would rather look back and say, “I am glad I did that” instead of “I wish I had done that.”

When you realize you should live for yourself, options and opportunities suddenly become much more plentiful. Let us know in the comments what your post-grad plans are!

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