When you first enter the workforce after years of schooling, it can be a pretty daunting experience. Your hours become longer, you have to dress in nice clothes every day, and you have entirely new responsibilities.
You might find that certain situations that were so effortless in college – like, for example, making friends – suddenly becomes a chore. You no longer have a built-in social network, your best friends don’t live in the room down the hall, and everyone is tired from working long days for the first time ever.
To make this transition from college to post-college work-life a bit more manageable, read on for five apps that will improve work-life balance and make you a happier young adult.
What did we do before Uber? Seriously, how did we function? Standing on the corner trying to hail a cab is so passé. With Uber, you can summon a car to your home or office, get driven to the destination of your choice, and not once have to think about cash or tip or awkwardly getting change back from your cab driver.
Uber has improved the entire transit system in major cities, and with their recently-unveiled, cheaper service, UberX, you can get where you want to go for a couple bucks. It's essential.
...Because how else do you meet people? Tinder is a dating app that connects you to a wide circle of potential matches based on your current location. It also subtly incorporates Facebook data to reveal shared interests and mutual friends. The swipe features lets you easily rate people as 'hot' or 'not' so you don’t waste any time with someone you’re not attracted to.
Tinder seems to have surprisingly normal people on the app and can make after-work happy hours a little more exciting!
The airline app of your choice
Whether you regularly fly American Airlines, JetBlue, or other global airlines, download their app on your smartphone. Every young professional has to head home eventually (or travel for work!) and there’s nothing worse than printing out tickets and confirmation numbers. Just download the app so you can store all your flight info directly on your mobile device and check in with the bar code provided.
iPhone users can easily access flight documents in Passbook which makes frequent travel a breeze.
There’s literally nothing worse than realizing you left something at the office but having no way to get into the building. EasyGrouper is a cloud-based app that helps people communicate better. The software gives everyone within an organization access to each other's contact info and current status.
Save yourself the awkward phone number exchange in the office and just get EasyGrouper for the workplace so you can all reach each other on your preferred devices. It streamlines communication and helps minimize work emergencies.
Because some photos just shouldn’t be saved on your phone… Snapchat is a great app for sending pictures and short messages to friends without risking your reputation. Young professionals often make the mistake of oversharing on Facebook or Twitter. This app only lets you send and receive photos with your immediate circle of Snapchat friends and the images are deleted entirely after several seconds.
Preserve your dignity and reduce the risk of hurting your professional image with Snapchat.
These five apps are the perfect mix of fun and functional. Every working young adult can benefit from downloading one or all of them today.