Car, Some Cash, and a Place to Crash: The Only Post-College Survival Guide You'll ever Need

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HEY GRADUATE, ready to take on the Real World? You will be after absorbing the wisdom and wit of this comprehensive field guide to life after college. Learn everything you need to transition smoothly from carefree co-ed to a grad with a plan.

* Land a job-- a GOOD job--and an enviable apartment.
* LIVE LARGE no matter how small your salary....

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Hey Graduate, ready to take on the Real World? You will be after absorbing the wisdom and wit of this comprehensive field guide to life after college. Learn everything you need to ... transition smoothly from carefree co-ed to a grad with a plan. Learn to: land a job - a good job - and an enviable apartment; Live large no matter how small your salary; make freinds and influence bosses; retire early (that sounds good!). All your most pressing questions answered - New car or used? Debit or credit? Paper or plastic? - especially those you've so skillfully managed to avoid until now. Gain valuable perspective on doing it your way from professionals who remember their own first years out. Each chapter also links you to the most helpful sites on the Web so you can personalize your search for the very latest data on, say, the career of your choice or the city of your dreams. Read more Show Less

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Overview


HEY GRADUATE, ready to take on the Real World? You will be after absorbing the wisdom and wit of this comprehensive field guide to life after college. Learn everything you need to transition smoothly from carefree co-ed to a grad with a plan.

* Land a job-- a GOOD job--and an enviable apartment.
* LIVE LARGE no matter how small your salary.
* Make friends and INFLUENCE BOSSES.
* RETIRE EARLY.

All your most pressing questions answered-- New car or used? Debit or credit? Paper or plastic?-- especially those you've so skillfully managed to avoid until now.

Don't read A Car, Some Cash, and a Place to Crash for shopworn advice on how to "succeed" according to some formula. Instead, gain valuable perspective on doing it your way from professionals who remember their own first years out. Each chapter also links you to the most helpful sites on the Web so you can personalize your search for the very latest data on, say, the career of your choice or the city of your dreams.

Best of all, your comrade and coach through all this excitement is, herself, a recent college grad who knows exactly where you're coming from and where you want to be.

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"This book will teach you everything you didn't learn in college!"--Makaela Steinberg, alumni-relations director
Library Journal
This preview of life after college offers sound, albeit basic advice for recent graduates. After a slick introduction, first-time author Knight assumes an instructional, Dutch-aunt tone. In addition to the titular concerns, there is decent material on adjusting to the professional workplace, kick-starting a social life, and maintaining overall health and fitness, based on interviews with recent grads and experts in the field. R sum s, interviews, and job hunting are better covered elsewhere (e.g., Martin John Yate's Resumes That Knock 'Em Dead), and some advice is trite: "In the Real World, successes are won mostly with discipline and commitment." This is the book that Knight wishes someone had handed her when she graduated, but at 370 pages, will kids really stick with it? For large public libraries and collections catering to recent graduates to complement books like Julie Jansen's I Don't Know What I Want but I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work and Peter McWilliams's Life 101. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579546267
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author


Rebecca Knight graduated in 1998 from Wesleyan University with high honors and a degree in American government. Since then she's worked at the Washington bureau of the New York Times and the New York office of the Financial Times of London. Her columns and articles have appeared in various newspapers, and she has appeared on CNN and ABC World News Now. For fun, she reads, skis, hikes, and travels.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction: Now What? xv
Chapter 1 First Step: Get a Job 3
Chapter 2 Moving On, Moving In 47
Chapter 3 Car Talk 91
Chapter 4 Climbing the Ladder 131
Chapter 5 Money Matters 177
Chapter 6 It's the Only Body You'll Ever Have 223
Chapter 7 Getting a Life 271
Afterword: What Next? 317
Index 321
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    What I wish I knew then

    This book is full of useful information. But best of all, it's put together in a fun and entertaining way. I recently bought three copies of this book for people I know graduating this spring. If only this book were around when I was just getting out of school....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Now I Know What I Did Not Not Know

    Can you believe it? One read of the USA Today review and I knew what my next move was..to the book store. This book is so spot on. From basic interviewing skills to financial matters all written in a manner that makes for great reading and not textbook drivel. And it is not just for this years graduating class it is perfect for anyone who is setting out on their own and could use some friendly advice. Thanks Rebecca...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2003

    Great Advice!

    As a working mother, I actually bought two books that I thought would be perfect for my son. A Car, Some Cash... has some valuable information that will help my son start out on the right foot. The other, The College Senior's Survival Guide to Corporate America also provides real information about exactly what it's like to work in the crazy world of the corporate America. I recommend both books, graduates everywhere will thank you for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Finally... a good book for grads

    'A Car, Some Cash and a Place to Crash: Shortcuts to Post-College Survival' will make a valuable gift to many young people who are just about to enter the 'real world' after college or post high school technical training. The book is filled with information, explained in an easy conversational style and spiced with some real stories and quotes from recent graduates. The chapter and page layouts make the book easy to use and references to additional information are included. As a mother of three college graduates and one more to go, I wish this book had been avaiable a few years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    A must-have for college grads

    I am bought this book from my college bookstore last week and boy am I glad. It has helped me plan my job search and find a place to live. I am only two months away from graduation and living on my own and thankfully I have this book to help me out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2003

    The perfect gift for college graduates

    This book strikes a wonderful balance between practical guidance and humorous anecdotal stories of surviving life after college. I laughed out loud as some sections reminded me of my own post-college experience. There are also many nuggets that fall into the 'I wish I had known that then' category. It's a must-read for anyone entering the real world...

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