Graduating college is a momentous achievement.
But once the diploma is awarded and the parties are over...now what?
What's the next step?
How do we bridge the gap between our college days and the "real world"?
That's where the experts at Quick and Dirty Tips come in. Their wisdom and experience will turn your uncertainty into confidence, your ineptitude into skill, and your questions into answers.
In this essential guide for life after college, 12 experts from the Quick and Dirty Tips network tackle the most important issues facing every recent grad. Including:
- How do I get a job?
- Should I go to law school?
- How do I lose the weight I gained in college?
- Can writing become a career?
- Is my resume causing my unemployment?
- How do I stock a healthy kitchen on a budget?
- How can I use math to land my dream job?
And many others!
Incorporate this insightful advice into your post-college life and you'll cruise straight to real life success!
About the Author
Dog Trainer - Jolanta Benal is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (one of only a handful of dog trainers to hold this title). She works with private clients to help dogs with general manners or with serious difficulties such as aggression and separation anxiety. She is the author of The Dog Trainer's Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet.
Domestic CEO - Before becoming a domestic expert, Amanda Thomas worked in corporate America, where she learned the importance of systems and routines. In 2007, Amanda started Moxie Girl Household Assistants as a way to help families create organized, clean, well-functioning homes.
Get-Fit Guy - Voted the NSCA National Personal Trainer of the Year, Ben Greenfield is one of the top exercise and triathlon experts in the nation, and has authored multiple books and DVDs. His recent books include Get-Fit Guy's Guide to Achieving Your Ideal Body. He coaches individuals for weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance.
Get-It-Done Guy - Stever Robbins is a successful entrepreneur, with degrees from Harvard and MIT. A veteran of nine startups, including FTP Software, Intuit, and HEAR Music, he authored Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More and speaks on leadership, entrepreneurship, productivity, and persuasion. As CEO of Stever Robbins, Inc., he coaches executives in building stronger businesses, careers, and lives.
Grammar Girl - Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network. Her top-rated podcast has been downloaded more than 40 million times and she counts almost 200,000 Twitter followers. She is the author of eight books, including Grammar Girl's Ultimate Writing Guide and the Grammar Devotional.
House Call Doctor - Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified family medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and is now practicing in sunny Southern California. She sees everything from pediatrics to geriatrics, but her special interests are women's health and patient education.
Legal Lad - Adam Freedman is a lawyer and a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal and Vocabula Review. His 2007 book, The Party of the First Part was hailed by William Safire as "a lighthearted but lucid explanation of legalese." Freedman's legal commentary has been featured in The New York Times, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and on Public Radio. Freedman has degrees from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago.
Math Dude - Jason Marshall works as a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Jason obtained a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.S. in Astrophysics from UCLA.
Modern Manners Guy - Richie Frieman's humorous and distinct voice stems from his colorful career history, which includes stints as a professional artist and a professional wrestler. Whether in the boardroom or in the wrestling ring, Richie has seen manners and etiquette at its best and at its most bizarre. He is the author of several popular children's books.
Money Girl - Laura D. Adams' book Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich won the Excellence in Financial Literary Education (EIFLE) Award for 2011. She is a freelance writer, speaker, financial life coach, business consultant, and entrepreneur. Laura holds a B.S. from Sewanee and an MBA from the University of Florida.
Nutrition Diva - Monica Reinagel, MS, LN, CNS, is a board-certified, licensed nutritionist and a professionally-trained chef. Her #1-ranked Nutrition Diva podcast has been downloaded more than 9 million times and her expert advice is regularly featured on television, radio, and in the nation's leading newspapers and magazines. She's the author of six books, including Nutrition Diva's Secrets for a Healthy Diet.
Public Speaker - Lisa B. Marshall has been helping organizations and individuals with their communication skills for over a dozen years. Her award-winning podcast has earned nearly 7 million downloads since 2008. Lisa has been featured on CBS Money Watch, Woman's Day, Cosmopolitan, and many other media outlets. Her book Smart Talk was published in January 2013.
Mignon Fogarty, the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network, is also the author of The New York Times bestselling GRAMMAR GIRL'S QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS FOR BETTER WRITING and THE GRAMMAR DEVOTIONAL. Her straightforward, bite-sized tips on grammar have led to features in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and an appearance on Oprah. She lives in Reno, Nevada.
Monica Reinagel, MS, LN, CNS, is a board-certified, licensed nutritionist and a professionally-trained chef. Her #1-ranked Nutrition Diva podcast has been downloaded more than 9 million times and her expert advice is regularly featured on television, radio, and in the nation's leading newspapers and magazines. She’s the author of six books, including Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet.
Voted the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Trainer of the Year in 2008, Ben Greenfield is recognized as one of the top fitness, triathlon and nutrition experts in the nation, with multiple books and DVDs to his credit. He is the host of the popular Get-Fit Guy podcast at QuickAndDirtyTips.com with an average 170,000 downloads per month.
Ben coaches and trains individuals for weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance all over the world via his company, Pacific Elite Fitness. He also runs the Rock Star Triathlete, the Internet's top school for learning the sport of triathlon and the business of triathlon coaching. Ben's popular fitness, nutrition and wellness website (BenGreenfieldFitness.com) features blogs, podcasts, and product reviews. His credentials include: Bachelor's and Master's degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology, personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the NSCA, a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and over 10 years experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports. Ben is a top-ranked triathlete for Triathlon Northwest and has finished multiple Ironmans.
Laura D. Adams' book, Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich, won the Excellence in Financial Literary Education (EIFLE) Award for 2011. She is a freelance writer, speaker, financial life coach, business consultant, and entrepreneur. Laura holds a B.S. from Sewanee and an MBA from the University of Florida.
Adam Freedman writes the “Legal Lingo” column for the New York Law Journal Magazine, and was a litigator before joining a major investment bank where he earns his living decoding policies and procedures into plain English. He holds degrees from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago and has written for Newsweek International and Slate.com, among others. He is the author of The Party of the First Part: The Curious World of Legalese. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
When not writing and hosting the Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier podcast, Jason Marshall works as a staff research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars. Before that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Jason obtained a PhD from Cornell University, where he worked with the team of astronomers that built the IRS (nothing to do with taxes) instrument for the Spitzer Space Telescope and helped teach many physics and astronomy classes. In addition to these astronomical pursuits, Jason has many earthly interests: traveling the world, tinkering with technology, watching and playing soccer, and spending time with his wife, Shannon, fixing up their small but increasingly comfortable Los Angeles area home.
Lisa B. Marshall is a communication strategist, author, and professional speaker who has been helping organizations improve productivity by improving their communication skills for over a decade. Her award-winning podcast, The Public Speaker’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills, has earned nearly 7 million downloads since launching in 2008! Lisa has been featured on CBS Money Watch, Ragan.com, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, and many other media outlets. Her clients include Roche, Genentech, The American Heart Association, Merck, Exxon Mobile, Harvard, and Stanford, just to name a few. Lisa produces a daily business newsletter, Communication Success, for the Hewlett-Packard ePrint Center, which reaches up to 500 million enterprise printers globally in three languages. Lisa is also the author (and reader) of the audiobook The Public Speaker’s Guide to Ace Your Interview. She holds a master’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communication from the State University of New York. She lives near Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
Amanda Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education at the University of South Wales, UK. She has ten years of experience as a primary school teacher.
A modern day Renaissance man, Richie Frieman is the host of the popular Modern Manners Guy podcast on the Quick and Dirty Tips network (with nearly 7 million podcast downloads!). His distinct voice stems from his colorful career history, which includes stints as a professional artist and a professional wrestler. Whether in the boardroom or in the wrestling ring, Richie has seen manners at their finest and their most bizarre. Richie’s outlook on modern manners is humorous, honest, and above all else, practical. He is routinely featured on FOX News, Huffington Post, Shape, FHM, Sharp Magazine, Baltimore Sun, and many other media outlets. Richie is founder/CEO of the award-winning music and lifestyle magazine Pens Eye View, for which he was awarded a Laureate medal at the 2008 Computerworld Honors Program (formerly known as the Smithsonian Award). Richie is also the author of several award-winning children's books and the founder of Charm City Babies, a fashion line that creates rock n’ roll-inspired onesies and donates one article of clothing to charities worldwide for every one article sold. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children.
Jolanta Benal never had dogs until she was persuaded to adopt a stray 11 years ago. Now, Jolanta is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and the host of The Dog Trainer's Quick and Dirty Tips for Teaching and Caring for Your Pet, which iTunes named a top podcast of 2009. She is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and was a founding member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, serving as the first associate editor of its journal, Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice. Active in the movement to professionalize dog training and behavior consulting and put them on a sound scientific basis, she has studied with the eminent trainer Pat Miller and taken academic courses in canine cognition and learning, as well as regularly attending scientific seminars on behavior and training. Jolanta sees private clients in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Stever Robbins hosts the Quick and Dirty Tips network's Get-it-Done Guy podcast, an iTunes #1 business podcast. An executive coach, professional speaker, and entrepreneur, Stever co-founded FTP Software and managed the creation of the Quicken VISA Card. He holds a Bachelor's from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.