High school and college graduation season is upon us. We know that this might not be the last stop on the degree train and that some of you will be diving right into the 9 to 5 life. No matter what you do or where you go, take this real-world advice with you –
- A firm handshake, eye contact, and a pleasant smile can swing a job interview in your favor.
- If you don’t know something, ask. Seriously. No one expects everyone to know everything. Ask the question, learn from the answer.
- You will find friends in the unlikeliest of places, and some of your most cherished friendships will fade over time. This is just the manner of friendships and no reflection on you.
- Find a way to put money into a savings account, any amount of money. Find a bank that lets you put all of your change into a counting machine and then deposits it into your savings account. Put all of your $1’s into an envelope at the end of the day and then deposit the contents in your savings once a month. Think of this as paying your future self, and don’t you want to treat your future self?
- Do not skimp on insurance. Insurance is there to get you back on your feet after a catastrophe, skimping on it leaves you with a very flimsy safety net. Talk to an independent insurance agent who can find you the coverage you need at a cost that you can afford.
- At one time in the near future, you will catch yourself repeating something that your parents always said. Do not be alarmed; take it as proof that you are finally an adult.
We wish all of our Hudson Valley graduates the very best that life has to offer! Congratulations and may you travel the road ahead fully insured!