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Ready, Set, Real World!

Apr 25, 2016, 09:10 AM by Discount Auto Glass

Graduation. It’s one of the biggest moments of your life. And, as students, it may seem like you’ve been waiting a lifetime for this day. Whether it’s high school or college graduation, getting your degree is a huge deal. Once you’ve graduated, the homework may stop, but you’ve got a whole new list of responsibilities. Our Discount Auto Glass team has been in your shoes. So we thought it would be helpful to create a list of advice for you – the recent graduate – that can help once you get out in the real world.

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Jobs
“Where are you working?” Get prepared for this question. Finding a job is a crucial first step after getting out of college. Don’t fret. Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door to companies that interest you. Once you intern with the company for a period, your co-workers and superiors are able to see your work ethic and potential. They will also be more likely to give you a job. Internships don’t necessarily mean working for free. A lot of companies offer paid internships.

Another piece of advice – don’t be close-minded. Apply for anything that interests you on job boards. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you qualify for the job (degree, experience, etc.). Don’t be scared to go out on a limb though, even if it says two to three years of experience, applying shows a potential employer that you have the drive to succeed.

choresResponsibilities
Once you graduate high school or college, your responsibilities will change quite a bit. Now that you’re no longer living at home, your mom won’t be there to hound you to clean your room. Instead, you have to motivate yourself to keep your things neat and tidy. For college grads, you might be moving out of campus housing and into your own place. When you sign a lease, you’re responsible for paying rent, utilities, Internet, etc.

Of course, we find that taking care of your vehicle is one of the top responsibilities once you’re on your own. Remember to check your oil often and get it changed on a regular basis. Keep an eye on other things in your car like tire pressure, wiper fluid, and brake fluid. If you have an unfortunate run-in with a rock and your windshield, go ahead and give your Discount Auto Glass team a call to check it out!

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Time Management
You might have learned a little about this in high school and college, but you will almost always feel like you need more time. Heck, we still feel this way here at Discount Auto Glass! Learning how to manage your time, for work or play, is a skill you’ll continue to master for the rest of your life. 

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Budgeting
Though you might think you’re completely prepared for the unexpected, chances are you’re not. Those unexpected incidents can end up costing a pretty penny sometimes. Getting that first paycheck with your first real-world job is exciting, but don’t get too excited. Before you go on a shopping spree to Target, take a moment to set aside $50-100 to have in a savings account that you can access in case something crazy happens.

Here are some unforeseen expenses we’ve seen over the years: an emergency trip to the vet for your pet, a speeding ticket (slow down!), trip to the doctor or medicine to get better, and the list goes on and on. You won’t regret setting aside this money if you run into a potentially pricey situation.


If a rock or any kind of debris makes its way onto your windshield, you’re left with another unexpected expense: replacing or repairing your windshield. With Discount Auto Glass, you don’t have to worry about pay top dollar to keep your glass in tip-top shape. We’ve got great prices and an excellent team to keep your auto glass in the best shape possible. Stop by any of our seven locations or give us a call at (501) 377-9575 for a quote today!

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