10 resources that are extremely helpful AFTER you graduate

Now that you’re out of school, the world is at your fingertips. Literally. Technology offers us more opportunities than ever before…opportunities to learn, live, laugh and explore. Below is a list of some of the resources that I found most important as I make my way into adulthood. Let me know in the comment section below which one is most important to you.

  1. http://www.irs.gov
    Your taxes are coming! Your taxes are coming! Just kidding. They’re already here. Make sure you familiarize yourself with this website because you’ll be using this very soon, if you haven’t started already.
  2. http://www.indeed.com
    Personally, I like Indeed because it seems to be the most reliable when it comes to job searching. However, you can use whatever job site works best for you. What I like to do with this site is use it as a starting point for my search. And once I find the job that I want, I go to the job’s website to make sure the job is there. (I’d rather apply directly on the job’s website, if possible. That way, I know for sure that the company is receiving my application.)
  3. http://www.experian.com
    Your credit score is going to follow you for the rest of your life. So be sure to find a website that will allow you to monitor this score and maintain it, as well. Remember, the better your score, the higher chance you have of getting newer cars, apartments/homes and even financial loans.
  4. http://www.ted.com/talks
    I like to be more conscious of the world around me. Don’t you? This is my favorite place to go when I want to learn more about society and other random tidbits of information. Each TED Talk gives you a little more insight about life. There’s information about any topic. Go give it a try!
  5. http://www.navient.com
    Do you have school loans? If so, welcome to your payment plan, my friend.
  6. http://www.barnesandnoble.com
    When in doubt, find a good book to read. As a famous playwright once said, “It’s what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you’ll be when you can’t help it.” (Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900)
  7. http://www.netflix.com
    What’s not to love about Netflix, right? You can find all your favorite shows and movies on this streaming site. And what’s even better is that now Netflix is offering original programs that are exclusive to its network. Movie night, anyone?
  8. http://www.eventbrite.com
    I can appreciate Eventbrite because it’s the easiest way for me to find events happening in my area. You’ll find it all here: festivals, conventions, car shows, concerts, plays and more.
  9. http://www.cheaptickets.com
    I made it a goal in 2017 to travel more this year. I use CheapTickets to find…well, uh…cheap plane tickets. Not to mention, this is the only site where I can do multi-city trips, which I must say is my favorite way to take a vacation.
  10. http://www.nytimes.com
    Part of being an adult is being aware of major news and events happening in the world. Personally, I enjoy NYTimes because not only does it share the news online and through its mobile app, but it also has various newsletters you can choose from that will be automatically sent to your email inbox. And they have a weekly podcast if you’d like to catch up on your news while you’re on-the-go. Whatever news site you choose to follow, just make sure it provides accurate and up-to-date information.

I hope my comprehensive list provided you with some of the things that we value most in life: money, knowledge, travel and entertainment. What are some resources that you use on a regular basis? Leave them in the comment section below!

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