Life After College

If you're a recent college grad and feeling just a little guilty because you've spent more time making labor day plans than actually, well, laboring — fear not, Gradspot.com is here to help. Chris Schonberger, editor in chief of the Web site, talks about their new post-college how-to manual The Gradspot.com Guide to Life After College.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

It's Labor Day Weekend. Do you know where to go next? If you're a recent college graduate, the answer may be, no. For the last 16 years or so you've shown up at school. Now they say you're done, ready to face the world. Well, maybe not. One Web site wants to help, Gradspot.com. They have a new book out called, "The Gradspot.com Guide to Life After College." Chris Schonberger is the editor-in-chief of Gradspot.com. He joins us from our studios in New York. Chris, thanks very much for being with us.

Mr. CHRIS SCHONBERGER (Editor in Chief, Gradspot.com): Hi Scott, thanks for having me.

SIMON: You spent your first fragile weeks after college with us, didn't you? You were our intern.

Mr. SCHONBERGER: Well, I did, after I took some time to go to Malaysia and relax for a little bit. But, yeah, my first experience in an office was with you guys.

SIMON: So you just basically wrote down like what you learned with us and made a book out of it, probably make a million dollars off it?

Mr. SCHONBERGER: In the time it took me to hand you a coffee, the amount of wisdom I just take out...

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Oh, my gosh!

Mr. SCHONBERGER: As you were saying, it's Labor Day, and it is an interesting time because everyone's used to having their school career. Suddenly it is August and September rolls around and you're still sitting on the couch watching reruns.

SIMON: The information you include here is immensely practical. Tips on how to get a job, job interview, what a 401K is, what to wear. Chris, I say this with affection, what position are you of all people in to tell people what to wear?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SCHONBERGER: I was famous in the office for my sneaker collection, if I remember.

SIMON: Yes, exactly.

Mr. SCHONBERGER: I think what you're getting at is what position am I in for any of this stuff? One important thing is these issues are not so hard to deal with. It's just that no one's ever told you before. So the first time you go through them, for example, learning what a guarantor is so that you know how to get an apartment when you have no credit, you don't need to do that 50 times. After you've done that one time, you're an expert. Part of our goal with Gradspot is to create a community where for the first time these things are passed along.

SIMON: Okay, let's say somebody's starting a new job on Tuesday. What do you recommend they do this weekend?

Mr. SCHONBERGER: Well, practically, make sure you know how you're going to get to work. Call ahead if you have no idea what people wear. But also take a step back and relax because statistics show this is not the be all and end of all of your career. If it's just the first place where you are introduced to what office life is all about, then I think that'll work out for you.

SIMON: But this weekend, should people be having one last huge party?

Mr. SCHONBERGER: Well, if you're literally starting this week, then have that last blowout on Sunday, download the Gradspot.com "Guide to Life After College" for free on our Web site, and read the section on surviving your first day.

SIMON: Did we teach you how to plug books here?

Mr. SCHONBERGER: I picked it up.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: I'm very impressed.

Mr. SCHONBERGER: Thank you.

SIMON: Chris, always nice to talk to you.

Mr. SCHONBERGER: Thank you so much for having me.

SIMON: Chris Schonberger, co-author of the Gradspot.com "Guide to Life After College." This is NPR News.

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