Every year, thousands of students around the globe cross the graduation stage and find themselves struggling to figure out what it means to become an actual adult. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your own success after graduation.

Searching for (and landing) a job you love

Most students will likely try to land a job before graduation. Having something lined up already makes for a seamless transition, but it’s not always the case. Thomas Frank over at College Info Geek makes some wonderful points about what steps are necessary for taking the next step in finding work you love.

Maybe it’s just finding a job in general. Depending on the field you’re looking to get into, there are a number of things that will be critical to finding something that works for you:

  • Maximize all networking opportunities. This means job fairs, events within your major, and connecting with professors who already know people in the field.
  • Walk the walk, talk the talk. Set up a meeting with the Career Center on your campus and make sure you have documents (resumes, cover letters, etc.) that reflect who you are and what you bring to the table. At the same time, make sure you have attire (men) (women) that is congruent with the field that you’re entering.
  • Always have a resume out for review. Apply to many places. You never know when a great employer will call you; be prepared to interview and make the most of it.

Finding a place to live

This can sometimes be the hardest part about becoming an adult, especially if you don’t yet have a job. HomeSuite put together a comprehensive list of the best cities for recent grads that takes a look at some of the most important aspects of finding a place to live: night life, the food scene, medical care, the local economy, and more. Finding the place that’s right for what you’re looking to get out of a geographic location is a major key to being successful post-graduation.

It’s a scary experience to move away from what you’ve known for the last few years of your life, especially if you’re doing it alone. That being said, do your research and put yourself in the best position to grow into a life that you enjoy living.

Establishing credit

Understanding your credit score is important to establishing yourself as a productive citizen. Building a good score can be the different between finding a house down to road or staying in an apartment for the rest of your life.

One place to stay up-to-date with all of your credit information is Credit Karma. It allows you to see your score in real time while also offering you tips to building a better score. It operates like a one-stop-shop, and can often be a great resource for building a life.

Paying loans

This is tied to establishing your credit. Paying your loans off on time will ensure that they are paid off on schedule. A few tips:

  • Monitor your debt, every single month. Nothing will motivate you more to pay it off than by seeing that number often.
  • Any extra income goes toward lowering your loan debt. The sooner it’s gone, the better.
  • Set up auto-pay. Be diligent with making sure the minimum amount is in your account when the money is withdrawn.

Saving for your future

One way to continue saving for your future, even after paying loans, is to have money set aside each month. One way to do this manually can be with tools such as Digit. It’s a way to save money without even thinking about it.

Every couple of days, Digit will take money out of your account and put it into it’s own separate account. After a while, that money adds up. Sooner or later you have a nice little savings foundation to build off of.

Be smart with your money. Even as a college student, make sure to take the necessary steps towards your future.