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20 apps every college grad should know about

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Unless you’re going to grad school, finishing college means you’re about to go through a lot of life changes. Luckily, there’s an app — or 20 — for almost every part of your transition into adulthood. Many are free, while others might set you back a few dollars for extra services.

Apps to find a job

Getting a job is essential to affording your life after college — you likely have rent and student loans to pay on top of personal expenses. These apps can make searching for a job and responding to potential employers a whole lot easier. Most allow you to upload your resumé and apply in a few taps.

Indeed

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

This app brings job search site Indeed to your pocket. Use it to filter over 16 million job postings and read company reviews.

You can apply for jobs you’re interested in directly through the app — simply upload your resumé and send a personalized message. You can also save jobs you’re interested in for later.

Indeed offers job postings in more than 60 countries — use it to help you find a job abroad if you have a hankering for travel.

CareerBuilder

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

CareerBuilder offers the help you need to search for a new job strategically. It allows you to filter your search by salary, location and job title so you only see the most relevant choices. But it also gives you tools to move up the ladder, including suggestions for building your skills and statistics to help you negotiate a fair salary.

You can apply to jobs instantly with a few taps and use its resumé generator tool to highlight your most relevant skills.

Monster Job Search

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

This job-hunting app works a lot like the popular dating app Tinder. Swipe left on jobs you’re not interested in and right on jobs you want to apply to.

Before you get started, you can take advantage of its career concierge to optimize your resumé and get recommendations. This app had a previous life as Jobr before Monster bought it out in 2016.

Good&Co

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

Good&Co places an emphasis on compatibility: You start by taking a strengths quiz that the app uses to match you with coworkers you might vibe with. It can be particularly useful if you’re looking for a more positive work environment. Once you find a job that seems like a good fit, you can use the app to apply instantly.


Apps to make professional connections

Building your network of connections is essential to building your career — even after you’ve found that first post-college job. Your peers can help you grow in your new position or find another one once you’re ready to switch companies.

LinkedIn

  • Cost: Free or $29.99 to $119.95 per month for Premium access
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

While LinkedIn discontinued its job search app, you can still use its regular app to make and maintain professional relationships. You can use the app to search for jobs, reach out to others working in your field and keep in touch with past colleagues. The basic version of this app is free, though you can upgrade to use more features for a monthly fee.

Weave

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

This app uses your LinkedIn data to help you better connect with other professionals in your area or industry. Where LinkedIn allows you to stay in touch with or reach out to people you’ve met, this app helps you actively find new connections. Weave also has features to help businesses hire new talent and fundraise, as well as set up meetings with new connections.

Grip

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

Having trouble networking at events? Grip was designed to make that sometimes-awkward process a lot easier — or just optimize your time.

It uses an algorithm to help you connect with the most relevant attendees at conferences, exhibits, trade shows and other networking events. On top of helping you network, this app also makes recommendations for which panels to visit or event-related parties to attend.

Shapr

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

Using Tinder’s swipe-right, swipe-left model, Shapr allows you to quickly get matched with jobs, mentors and even new friends. Starting your own business? You can also use the app to find new talent.

It can connect you with 15 people each day, filtering out anyone you don’t have mutual interests with. You message back and forth and eventually meet in person — or not.


Apps to repay student loans

Most college students graduate with at least some student debt. If that’s you, there are apps that can help you pay off your loans early with minimal effort.

Sum-sum

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: Android

Formerly known as Sum-it, the Sum-sum app takes your credit or debit card purchases, rounds them up to the nearest dollar and puts the change toward your student loans. You can also have your friends and family match your contributions. It claims you can end up putting an extra $100 toward your student loans each month — and save thousands on interest in the long run.

Pickpocket

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: Not available yet — must sign up for its waitlist

If you struggle to budget for extra repayments on your student loans, Pickpocket can help. It automatically applies a percentage of any purchase you make toward your student loans. It also allows friends and family to match your contributions.

The app’s website claims it can get you out of debt between two and four times faster than using nothing at all. However, it’s not available through the App Store or GooglePlay just yet — you have to sign up for its waitlist to download the app.

ChangEd

  • Cost: $1 per month
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

ChangEd is a lot like Sum-sum — it puts change from your purchases toward your student loans. It works by putting your extra change into an FDIC-insured third-party account until the balance reaches $100.

Once it hits that amount, it applies the payment toward your student loan. And like with the other apps, your family and friends can match your contributions to get you out of debt faster.

It’s one of the only student loan repayment apps you have to pay for, but it’s available on both iOS and Android.

Your servicer’s app

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: Varies

Most servicers that handle student loan repayments have an app that allows you to manage repayments and get in touch with customer service without having to drag out your computer every time. Some apps will also send you push notifications when a payment is due and when it’s been processed to help you avoid late fees. You can often download the app through your servicer’s website.


Apps to manage your finances

Staying on top of your bills and saving for the future is easier now than ever before thanks to a variety of apps that monitor your personal finances. You can use these for everything from setting financial goals to investing spare change to build a nest egg.

Mint

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

Mint is a one-stop shop for meeting your financial goals. It allows you to create and stay on top of a budget, set financial goals and get reminders for payments. It also tracks your credit score and debts.

Mint works by connecting with your bank, credit card and loan accounts, and using its algorithm to analyze your spending habits. It’ll send you an alert if it notices anything out of the ordinary.

Acorns

  • Cost: $1, $2 or $3 per month
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

Similar to some of the student loan repayment apps, Acorn takes your spare change from purchases and invests the funds. It also recently launched a checking account and debit card that automatically invests your spare change and helps you create strong saving habits. It’s low stakes, so Acorn can be particularly useful for recent college graduates who don’t have a retirement account or experience with investing.

PocketGuard

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

For a more hands-off experience than Mint, PocketGuard tracks your personal finances and generates a budget based on your spending habits, income and financial goals. It also gives advice on where you can cut back to save money along with other tips — like how to negotiate down bills or open a high-interest savings account. The automation could be particularly useful if you’ve never had to handle your personal finances before.

Albert

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

Albert is another automated financial manager with an emphasis on investments. It helps you track your spending, stay on budget and monitors your accounts — while also offering help to invest your funds for additional savings. Plus, it has humans on staff that can answer your money-related questions on topics ranging from getting out of debt to coming up with a solid investment plan.


Apps to improve your life

You’re on your own when you’re done with school. More often than not, you have a lot less time for self-care like going to the gym or taking a vacation. These apps make staying sharp, keeping in shape and adjusting to life in a new city a whole lot easier.

RadPad

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

You might want to check out RadPad when you’re thinking of moving to a new apartment or city. You can use this app to scroll through apartment listings and quickly compare options in your area. Once you’ve found a place, use the app to set up utilities and schedule rent payments through your credit or debit card.

Lumosity

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

If you’re having trouble keeping your mind nimble after finishing school — or just like puzzles — this is the app for you. Lumosity calls itself a “brain-training app.” It works by giving you three games designed to fit your current skillset to keep you mentally sharp.

The app is free to download, though you might want to make in-app purchases to get the most out of it.

MyFitnessPal

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

MyFitnessPal connects with other apps to help you create and stay on top of a diet and exercise plan. Rather than having to manually enter the foods you eat, you have the option to scan a bar code instead.

It also offers tips for sticking with your diet along with in-person support available any time of day. This can be especially helpful for keeping off those extra pounds that often come with working for a company that comes with a well-stocked snack closet — or just re-evaluating your eating and workout habits.

Localeur

  • Cost: Free
  • Operating systems: iOS, Android

Localeur lets you skip the over-rated touristy sites when you travel by recommending places to visit that are off the beaten path. You can find anything from trendy bars in Lima to temples worth the trek in Bangkok. You can also find events to check out during your stay and get suggestions based on who you’re traveling with and your interests.

Bottom line

Adulting is hard, but there are more than a few apps out there that can smooth the transition. From helping you handle your finances to staying in shape at a desk job, these apps can cut down on the free time you spend managing your life so you can enjoy the rest of your 20s.

You can find out more about how to stay on top of your student debt repayments by checking out our guide to student loans.

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