You did it. You got the job. You’re now ready to embark on a real career as you enter adulthood. Before you strut your stuff in your new office, however, you should know that some of your possessions might be better left at home. Here are just three things to rethink before you start the next chapter of your life.
Upgrade The Outdated Laptop
It might have gotten you through those last-minute essays, but a decrepit laptop isn’t going to cut it in the contemporary workplace. You’ll need something with all of the bells and whistles required by today’s jobs. You don’t have to spring for an ultra-fancy computer, but its operating system shouldn’t be more than two or three years old, and it should be capable of running any software program that you throw at it. If it’s too slow or too feeble to handle a high volume of activity, you should retire it as a personal computer and buy something new to match your adulthood.
Replace Your Old Car
If you rolled through college in a hunk of junk, it’s time to upgrade. A dinged-up car isn’t going to send a good impression at your new job, especially if it will stick out like a sore thumb at a professional office building; and its quirky problems will stop being cute the moment that they make you late for your first meeting. Fortunately, you can get good money for junk cars if you know where to look. You don’t have to exchange your old Toyota for adulthood without receiving something in return.
Purchase Quality Shoes
Upgrading your job means upgrading your closet, but try not to blow your entire budget on suits and slacks. While you’ll definitely want to look into the essentials of a professional wardrobe, it’s important to set aside some money for things like shoes, bags and accessories. Your shoes in particular will be carrying you through the cubicles of your new job, so you’ll need them to be high-quality, shock-absorbent and extra-cushioned for comfort. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little on good footwear. One of the hallmarks of adulthood is learning when to invest in things instead of buying the cheapest option just because you can.
Adulthood Is About Leveling Up
It isn’t easy to transition from a young college student to a proper adult with a real career, but you can lessen some of the burden by having the right tools for the change. Use these tips to ditch your old gear and upgrade your work, home and overall life.