Roanoke alumni to share tips for maneuvering life after college

by rcnewsblog on February 12, 2013

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Justin and Amy Thomas, Roanoke College graduates and founders of Playing Grownup Inc., will visit Roanoke this month.

Will you be ready to survive in the real world once you graduate from college?

The idea of facing budgets, saving for retirement and even maintaining relationships after graduating can be intimidating for students.

The free Life After College Seminar by Playing Grownup Inc. on Feb. 18 at Roanoke College will address many concerns that graduates have when entering into the workforce. It will be held in the Colket Center’s Garrett Meeting Room at 5:45 p.m.

At the seminar, Justin and Amy Thomas, co-founders of Playing Grownup and RC alumni, will discuss financial topics helpful for college graduates, such as 401Ks, IRAs, and deductions as well as personal budgeting techniques that really work.

Financial jargon will not be the only information that audience members learn. This dynamic duo also will highlight how college friendships may change and how to build connections with people in a post-dorm world.

One student who attends the seminar will win $100 that can be used to start a retirement account. Everyone in attendance can apply for the Life After College final scholarship, presented in May.

Playing Grownup is a non-profit the Thomases started in 2009.

“The purpose of Playing Grownup is to help equip students for life after college. We offer practical advice from recent graduates to soon-to-be graduates to ensure their transition is as smooth as possible,” said Justin Thomas ’06.

The couple has had many unique experiences in the real world that make them experts on adulthood. Their experiences include careers in small and international businesses, completing a masters degree abroad and starting the non-profit.

“We also have gone through many challenges that come with graduation, including finding a job, moving back home and signing up for company benefits,” said Amy Thomas ’07. “We’ve been there, done that and are excited to share our stories to equip others for even greater success.”

This seminar is sponsored by Roanoke College Career Services and Alpha Kappa Psi.

Free pizza will be provided.

Preregister for the seminar by Feb. 15 by emailing careers@roanoke.edu or by calling 540-375-2303.

–By Kayla Fuller ’14

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