JOSE, Calif. — Those first months after leaving
college can bewilder many graduates, but some apps may
help to ease the transition from the sheltered halls of
academia to the harsh realities of the business world.
a job, handling finances, creating a budget, finding a
new home, socializing with other young people, or
identifying deals on food, clothing and other goods can
be pretty overwhelming — even if they are dealt with
one at a time.
can be even tougher for those who have to juggle a lot
of these all at once. But the apps — some from
startups, some from big-name companies — can help
automate and organize many processes for new graduates.
Francisco-based Handshake is tackling one of these
challenges through an app it’s developed to assist
graduates in hunting for jobs.
Lord, Handshake’s co-founder, saw how tough it was for
employment recruiters to get to his college, Michigan
Technological University in Houghton, a town in Upper
Michigan. A few miles from Lord’s alma mater, one can
spot an unofficial road sign that proclaims: "End
of Earth, 2 miles" and "Houghton 4
miles." So Lord was well aware of the difficulties
in getting recruiters to visit the remote college to
dangle offers before him and his fellow students.
created Handshake to democratize the process and help
students to get into a career and find a job," Lord
aims to help students land jobs regardless of where they
reside or go to school. The company vets employers to
allow them to post job openings to the app and to target
are bringing a diversity of employment opportunities to
students," Lord said.
educated on the West Coast who have an interest in the
oil and gas industries might be less likely to see
recruiters representing those industries. Students
living in Gulf Coast states — or in Houghton, Mich.,
like Lord — might be unlikely to encounter recruiters
from Silicon Valley’s tech sector. But Handshake aims
to banish the days when college graduates or students
pinned hopes on whether recruiters might grace their
campuses with an appearance.
our app, students can tell us what locations they would
like to live and work in, what industries are you
passionate about, what student organizations are you a
member of," Lord said. "We will then curate
based on background, major, minor, and so forth. With
Handshake, it’s a personalized, friendly,
is being used by more than 8 million students, up from 3
million a year ago; 450 universities are on the app, up
from 160 a year ago. About 160,000 employers post jobs
on the app, up from 60,000 a year ago, according to
is available on all desktop platforms and Apple’s App
Store, and the company is working on a version for the
Android phone platform.
top job app on mobile devices is provided by Texas-based
Indeed.com, which is available for both Android and
iPhone users. And, like Handshake and other apps for
college grads, Indeed’s offering is geared towards the
go-go nature of college graduates and other phone
mobile app allows you to apply with just one click, no
matter where you are," said Raj Mukherjee, a senior
vice president of product at Indeed. "Over half of
the job searches on our site happen on mobile."
app has been downloaded more than 100 million times, and
people can upload their stored resume to apply for jobs
on their phone.
of the biggest challenges for new graduates is getting
their finances under control, and that’s where Mint,
offered by Palo Alto, Calif.-based Intuit, can help.
go through a major life transition after college, and
really the idea of Mint is to help people stay on top of
their finances," said Kimmie Greene, a spokeswoman
for Intuit. "It’s an all-in-one-place tool, and
we think that college graduates can really benefit from
described Mint as an app publicized largely by word of
mouth, in many cases among college graduates.
70 percent of the people who use Mint are under 35 years
of age," Greene said.
the Mint app, people can receive reminders about paying
bills, craft a budget, scrutinize their credit scores
and track expenses. For those who are serious about
creating a budget and sticking to it, Mint provides an
array of tools.
can connect your financial institutions with Mint, and
that gives us the ability to see what you have spent
recently and how you are spending your money,"
Greene said. "Mint beats just putting all of your
receipts in a shoe box."
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Mint app provides a comprehensive look at a user’s
can find out that you are spending X on rent, Y on food,
Z on transportation, and other hot categories are
travel, how much you put away for savings every
month," Greene said. "People are often
surprised that they spend a certain amount on clothes or
some other category."
Living Social app lets people discover top restaurants,
spas and other things to do in their area.
for that first place to live off campus or away from the
parents’ house? HotPads enables people to scout
through a specific area, or look for a new place to live
with particular parameters in mind. Entering the
criteria lets people see properties that can fit a
person’s need in a particular geographic area.
whole point of these apps is to ease the pressure on a
newly minted graduate.
a lot facing college grads," Intuit’s Greene
said. "They have income for the first time, but
they also have bills every month for the first time, not
just once a semester. They are looking for work. It’s
a lot of pressure."
to help college graduates: