Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 04/ 7/2006

Take Out: Grad Guide Goodies

If you're having a tough time running down a copy of today's print edition of The Post or Express -- and want to carry something around that isn't a PC or laptop -- there's plenty in the Guide you can take with you.

All of the main Guide articles are available in MP3 format:
Stepping Out
Budgeting
Your Career
Benefits
Office Love
Wheels
Clothes
Your Pad

In addition, you can download mini text versions of many of the pieces in the Guide -- handy lists and tips you can carry with you wherever you go -- for use on your portable music player.

For iPod users:

Right-click here to download.
Extract the files to a folder named "Grad Guide to Go."
Mount your iPod as an external drive.
Move the "Grad Guide to Go" folder into your Notes folder.
Disconnect your iPod and read the guide using "Extras > Notes."

For Windows-based device users:

Right-click here to download to your PC.
Extract the files to a folder named "gradguide."
Connect your portable and transfer the "gradguide" folder from your PC.
Disconnect your device and read the guide according to your player's instructions.

Enjoy! And let us know what you think of this multimedia here on this blog, or via e-mail.

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Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/ 6/2006

Time to Go, Ready or Not

It's time for you, the readers, to weigh in. Are you about to enter the adult world head-first? What are your fears and hopes? And if you're someone who's been through it all -- what's your story? Do you have any advice for those looking forward to what will probably be the biggest changes of their lives?

We're waiting for your input! Click here to join the conversation.

And if you want to discuss a narrower topic, check out the topics for jobs, job benefits, office romance, wardrobe, cars and commuting, money and budgeting, and furnishing your apartment.

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Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 04/ 6/2006

First Jobs, Dream Jobs, Nightmare Jobs

The world of work is full of stories about "my first job" -- how it was landed, how much (or how little) it paid, whether it was the start of a great career or the end of a frivolous lark.

If you're a grizzled workplace veteran, what can you to help those about to take the plunge? And if you're one of the latter, what are your questions?

We're waiting for your input! Click here to join the conversation.

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Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 04/ 6/2006

Retirement? I Don't Even Have a Job Yet!

It doesn't matter how young you are -- it's never too early to think about how you'll end up when it's time to hang 'em up. And when it comes to health insurance, you could need that tomorrow. In short, recent grads are -- for the first time -- fully responsible for their own well-being, and it pays to know how the system works.

This is the place for our readers to ask each other about the alphabet soup that we all have to swim through to make sure our money and our health are squared away. Questions, advice, horror stories -- all are welcome.

We're waiting for your input! Click here to join the conversation.

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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 04/ 6/2006

Work: A Serious Dating Game

Whether it's the thrill of instant attraction, or the slow simmer of a friendship that turns to love, just about everyone has found romance at the office at some point in their professional lives. Sometimes it's stupid, and sometimes it's sublime. And sometimes it's both.

Tell us your stories -- good and bad -- or ask for advice from those who've loved a co-worker and survived. (And keep it clean.)

We're waiting for your input! Click here to join the conversation.

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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 04/ 6/2006

It's the Wardrobe, Stupid

Why should you care about what you wear? It says something about who you are and -- more to the point -- how seriously you take your workplace's often unspoken rules about protocol and propriety.

Here's the place to exchange stories, tips and queries about making the most of what you can afford -- or about the craziest get-up you ever saw draped on a co-worker.

We're waiting for your input! Click here to join the conversation.

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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 04/ 6/2006

Steering You Right

Many pitfalls await the first-time automobile shopper, from lemons to predatory loans. And do you even need a car? If you're moving to an unfamiliar area to launch your career, you may not even know yet.

What's the best way to get to work? We're waiting for your input! Click here to join the conversation.

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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/ 6/2006

Time for a Credit Check

So small a paycheck, so much fun beckoning after the clock strikes six. Perhaps no aspect of early adulthood is more difficult for more people than truly living within one's means.

Is it possible? Let's hear your stories, advice and questions about the daunting task of (gasp) keeping a budget on an entry-level salary.

We're waiting for your input! Click here to join the conversation.

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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/ 6/2006

Goodbye, Dorm Decor

You may think it's just the place where you crash -- who cares if your furniture looks like you picked it up by the side of the road?

But your first apartment is usually the first space you can truly call your own, which means it says a whole lot about you -- and the most important person it's saying it to is you.

Here's the spot for stories and advice about how to trade in those milk crates for something better ... but what? That's what you're here for -- to share wisdom.

We're waiting for your input! Click here to join the conversation.

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