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Workplace Transition

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An introduction to key financial and workplace skills needed for a successful transition from school to work.

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Salary Expectations Versus Reality

Most young people tend to overestimate their starting salaries.
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Money in the Real World   

No matter what your financial outlook is after leaving school, the concept of financial health is an important step towards long-term financial success.
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Workplace Transition Introduction

An overview of topics covered in our Workplace Transition material.
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Employer Benefits   

There are four main types of employee benefit programs: health insurance, retirement plans, tax-advantaged savings, and supplemental benefits such as life and vision care insurance.
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Creating Healthy Spending Habits   

No matter how much or how little you earn, your spending habits play a major role in your financial health.
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Managing Student Loan Debt   

Repaying student debt responsibly helps you establish good credit and helps you qualify for the best-possible interest rates on future loans.
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The Concept of Professionalism   

Being a “professional” paves the way for both current and future success, no matter what career you choose. Professionalism requires you to draw upon a set of skills that may seem outside the specific skills required for your job.
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Day One of a New Job   

First impressions are important. New employees should take the time to prepare for the first day to ensure that they start off on the right foot.
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Communication Skills   

Strong communication skills are essential to success in the workplace, but mastering these skills takes time and practice.
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Time Management   

To be successful in today’s workplace, you need to know how to manage the limited amount of time you have to accomplish all of your tasks.
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Networking in the Workplace   

Effective networking can lead to success in your career both now and in the future.
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Financial Basics

This course covers the basic concepts required to effectively manage money while in college.

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Financial Health   

The concept of financial health, including smart decision-making.
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Introduction to Budgeting   

Why and how to budget.
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Tracking Your Spending   

A simple way to get the most from your monthly budget.
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Checking and Savings Accounts   

Checking and savings accounts strategies for minimizing fees.
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Credit vs. Debit Cards   

Credit and debit cards each have pros and cons. When should you use each?
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Credit Reports and Scores   

Credit reports and scores determine the rates you pay when borrowing and can affect your ability to get certain jobs.
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Managing Accounts   

Account management strategies for checking and savings.
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Students and Credit Cards   

Special challenges for students with credit cards.
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Building Credit   

Understanding the decisions and behaviors that can lead to improved credit scores.
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Identity Theft   

Understanding ID theft and how to prevent it.
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Managing Student Loan Debt

An introduction to student loan repayment choices and strategies. Visit the Library for in-depth coverage of repayment plan options.

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Making Smart Repayment Decisions

Flexible federal student loan repayment plans can help you avoid financial trouble and reach your financial goals.
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Repayment Strategies

To repay your student loans, you need a comprehensive strategy to put your education debt in a larger financial picture that includes your income, non-education debt, and long-term goals.
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How Repayment Plan Choices Affect Loan Cost

Your repayment plan choice can greatly affect your monthly payment and the total cost of your student debt.
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Deferment and Forbearance Options

Both deferment and forbearance can help you avoid financial trouble. If you think you might qualify, reach out to your loan servicer as soon as you first experience financial difficulty.
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Finding Your Loans

The National Student Loan Data System, commonly referred to as NSLDS, stores your federal loan information.
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Loan Consolidation

Loan consolidation can simplify the loan repayment process, but you must review the loans you plan to consolidate carefully – once consolidated, there’s no going back.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you work in certain fields or for certain employers, a portion of your Direct Student Loan debt may be eligible for forgiveness.
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Avoiding Delinquency and Default

“Delinquent” and “Default” are similar words. Both refer to late payments, but the consequences of each are very different.
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Managing Loans in Times of Financial Distress

You can’t always prevent financial stress, but how well you manage it will make all the difference in how successful you’ll be in meeting your repayment obligation.

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Savings Strategies For a Large Purchase

Specific strategies for saving for large purchases like a new appliance or a special trip.

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