Welcome to the Real World: You've Got an Education, Now Get a Life!

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For every college graduate—the savvy, witty, comprehensive survival guide to getting on your feet in the Real World.
There you are with a fresh diploma in hand...and the feeling that some of the basics were on a midterm exam you must have missed. Job hunting? Health insurance? Tax forms? Car loans? Never mind just making ends meet.
You can relax—with this guide in hand, you'll have all the answers and insider tips you need to get your ...

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Overview

For every college graduate—the savvy, witty, comprehensive survival guide to getting on your feet in the Real World.
There you are with a fresh diploma in hand...and the feeling that some of the basics were on a midterm exam you must have missed. Job hunting? Health insurance? Tax forms? Car loans? Never mind just making ends meet.
You can relax—with this guide in hand, you'll have all the answers and insider tips you need to get your post-college life on track. From writing an impressive résumé and landing the right first job (and knowing how long to stay), to managing on a budget, to starting your own business, Stacy Kravetz is the been-around-the-block friend you can count on for sage advice in meeting every Real World challenge. She'll tell you how to find America's most livable cities, advise you on car insurance, help you defuse parental anxieties about your job search, and much more.
You've got an education—Welcome to the Real World will help you get a life.

For every college graduate--this witty, smart, comprehensive survival guide makes sense out of the confusion called the Real World. This book gives you the answers you need to get your post-college life on track, from getting your first job, to renting an apartment, balancing the budget, paying back student loans, and haggling with car dealers. 304 pp. Targeted promo.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324808
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacy Kravetz is a former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal and now writes for television. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11
Introduction 15
Pt. I Getting a Job
Ch. 1 The Job Search 21
Ch. 2 Find Your Thing 28
Ch. 3 Got Skills? What You'll Learn in Different Fields 40
Ch. 4 There's a Job with Your Name on It 62
Ch. 5 Resumes, Cover Letters, and the Like 83
Ch. 6 Getting Wired 99
Ch. 7 Going Solo 112
Ch. 8 Alternatives 134
Pt. II Getting a Life
Ch. 9 Your Budget 155
Ch. 10 Student Loans: Into the Black 170
Ch. 11 Credit Cards and the Art of Repayment 176
Ch. 12 Finding a New Nest 185
Ch. 13 Your Wheels 209
Ch. 14 Insuring the Beast on Wheels 231
Ch. 15 To Your Health 236
Ch. 16 Dollars and Sense 251
Ch. 17 A Penny Saved 262
Ch. 18 Investment Prowess for the Non-Financier 277
Ch. 19 Your Taxes 291
Conclusion 303
Index 305
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