Category Archives: After College

Saving for retirement while paying off student loans

Proverbial wisdom says that to know where you’re going in life you must first know where you’ve been. The same holds true for our paychecks. By nature, I am the quintessential anti-budgeter. Whatever the genetic gem may be that triggers … Continue reading

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Job hunting for your first “real” job

Looking for a job is rarely an easy process, and finding your first job can be particularly tough. Don’t be discouraged, though – you just need to be motivated and open to possibilities and angles that may not be exactly … Continue reading

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Getting a job after college

During the last semester of college, I expected to easily find a “real” job post-graduation. All of my friends graduating ahead of me were getting great job offers, I went to a good school, and had good grades. I was … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Student Loan Consolidation

You might find entering repayment after graduation to be a bit of a challenge. You’re starting a new phase of your life, launching your career, and adjusting to a whole new set of responsibilities and freedoms. Trying to figure out … Continue reading

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Young professionals series: Protecting your paycheck

Editor’s note:  We at the Student LoanDownSM are launching a new series of posts aimed at those just starting out in their careers.  Look to these posts for tips on handling your money, and managing a lot of the “firsts” … Continue reading

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Student loan consolidation tips

If you have several student loans, you may be thinking about finding a way to consolidate them into one or two more manageable monthly payments. In the past, we have talked about considerations around consolidation. Here are a few more … Continue reading

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Exit counseling for your private loans

Fall graduation is almost here which means soon it will be time for students to attend exit counseling sessions. When you borrow money from certain student loan programs, like the Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan, the federal government requires schools … Continue reading

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Finding meaning—and fun—at work

How many of you have been told at some point to “pursue your passion” so you can “do what you love” because “work is not work if you enjoy it”? How many of you then immediately dismissed that advice because … Continue reading

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5 things to know as your student loan grace period ends

For some of you, the last 6 months has been a whirlwind: you graduated from college; may have moved into a new apartment; potentially have started your first real 8 to 5 job and might just wish you were back … Continue reading

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Leveraging Your Strengths at Work

One of my favorite things about working at Wells Fargo is the value it places in its people. A prime example of this is the access team members are granted to resources that enable us to grow and develop as … Continue reading

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