It's finally May, and that means its graduation time! College students are on the job hunt, packing to move to a new city to kick-start their careers, saying goodbye to their best friends of four years and heading out into "the real world." It's a tough time -- a period of transition and luckily, technology makes the process much easier. Here's a list of the best apps to ease the transition from student to young professional. From managing budgets, to finding hot spots in a new city and keeping in touch with friends, there are several apps out there to help make life a bit easier.
1. Yelp: Moving to a new city for a job? Yelp is your portal to everything from good restaurants to new apartment complexes. Find out the best places near you, read and write reviews, see where your friends are hanging out and bookmark your favorite spots!!
2. Uber: Out late and need a ride home? Download Uber and you'll have a nice black car ready to pick you up in minutes. It's safe, easy and the best part about it? You don't have to wait outside to flag down a cab.
3. Spotify: Whether you're going out, having a party or just feel like listening to some tunes while you're working, Spotify lets you access your songs anytime, anywhere. And if you're looking to spice up your playlist with some international music, Dhingana has a great selection of Indian songs.
4. WiFi Finder for iOS: Also available for Android. If you're a freelancer, a traveler or someone who works outside of the office, the WiFi Finder app is a great tool to help you find free wifi hotspots around you. Minimize your data usage and take advantage of hotspots in your area.
5. Living Social: Want to do more, but spend less? Living Social offers great discounts on food, events, fitness classes and popular products so you can get the most out of the money you spend.
6. Hotel Tonight: Need a last minute hotel for a spontaneous vacation? Hotel Tonight makes it easy to travel and visit your favorite cities at a reasonable price -- no prior planning required!
7. Gas Buddy: With gas prices constantly on the rise, everyone's trying to save money and find gas stations with lower prices. Check out gas buddy to find cheap gas near you.
8. Skype: No matter where you are in the world, Skype lets you keep in touch with friends and family through chat and audio and video calls -- keeping the lines of communication always open.
9. Mint: Get yourself organized and learn how to pay off your debt and manage your finances to make post-grad life a bit easier. Keep yourself in check, monitor your spending habits and put yourself in charge! You might be surprised to see where all your money is going each month.
10. Proven: Recently graduated and looking for a job? Proven makes it easy to find and apply for jobs on the go. Create your resume within the app, and apply to Craigslist and Simply Hired job listing from anywhere. With Proven, you can get your application in first and beat the crowd.
Good luck out there!