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  • Life after college

    Life after college can seem terrifying. For the first time you are out in the world and you have to be (*GASP*) an adult. For over two decades your life has revolved around getting an education and now that you have it, do you really know what to do with it? Breathe. It is going to be okay. No! It will be better than okay-this is going to be great! Here are some tools, skills and tips to get you started. Good luck in the real world and remember, you are a UW La Crosse Eagle! Soar into the real world confidently because you can do this!


    Getting a Job

    The first step of being an adult? Getting an adult job.
    It looks like a big step but you can use these tools and tips to make it easy! 



    1. Searching


    Job Fairs

    Job fairs are a great place to mingle with potential employers and get a feel for companies. UWL hosts several job fairs throughout the year. Visit the Career Services page for a look into all of our fairs and workshops. Remember to bring severalcopies of your resumé! 


    UWL job board
    The Financial Aid Office's Job Board has been used internationally by employers to hire UWL students. This is a great place to submit your resumé and browse job descriptions.

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    Search engines
    Sometimes a keyword search such as "editing jobs" or "accounting positions" is all you need to turn up potential employers. The most popular website tailored to find you a job is Craigslist, but don't just look at one and hope for the best. You should look everywhere you can until you find and land that perfect job!

    Knowing a guy or gal
    Having a friend who works somewhere you would like to work gives you an edge on getting that job. If your friend is a good employee and refers you to their boss, there's a better chance you'll get a the job based on their recommendation.

    2. Your Resumé

     A resumé is a brief overview of your professional experiences and skill sets. 

    For more info on making the perfect resumé, check out ASME's 6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume.

    3. The Interviews


    Do your homework

    Research the organization you're applying for. Visit their website, read their mission statement, and read articles about them so that if you're asked questions about the company you have some ready-to-go answers. Doing your homework might even save you from working for a disreputable company.

    Clean up your web

    It has become common practice for employers to search for your profile on social networking sites. Make sure all of your social media posts are appropriate and your photos don't portray you as an unstable worker.

    Be prepared

    Have copies of recommendations and reference letters with you when you show up to the interview. A lot of students will bring the recommendation letters someone wrote them when they applied to college. You are a different person then you were four years ago! Try to get one of you professors or employers from the last two years to write you a reference or recommendation letter! Be prepared to answer questions about your previous employers, your coworkers, your hobbies, etc.
    Interview attire

    Dress professionally

    A good rule is to dress a notch above what the job's dress code requires. For example if the job requires a collared shirt and tie, wear a suit. If the job only requires a company t-shirt, wear a collared shirt to the interview. If the job requires a suit, wear your best suit. For more information view our Dressing on a Budget Brochure. 

    Act professionally

    Even if you look nice, employers are also looking for good people skills. Introducing yourself, shaking hands, remembering please and thank you, eye contact, and smiling are good first steps in a successful interview.

    Making the best decision

    Were you offered more than one job? View our brochure to make the best decision. Two Job Offers?

    What Recruiters Don't Want You to Know
    A look into the secret world of recruiters.

    Landing a Job

    Practical Money Skills for Life has written some quick comments and notes about finding and getting a job as soon as possible.


    Have two job offers check out our brochure to decide which one is better for you. 

    Job Benefits and Insurance
    Loan Repayment

    To learn more about loan repayment visit our repayment page here

    Investing and Retirement 

    Investing Broch-snap


    Investing in the stock market, bonds, or mutual funds, lets you gain money at a quicker pace than in a savings account or certificate of deposit but you may also loose some of it if the market performs poorly. For more information you can read our Investing Brochure. You can also read Hands on Banking's article on Saving Versus Investing.