Twitter users benefit from soaking up tips and tricks in chunks of 140 characters or less, requiring far less mental bandwidth and time than a clunky ol’ article. Participating in regularly scheduled chats might very well prove especially useful as well, as sessions cover essential topics like job hunting, healthy living, grad school, and productivity, and allow for exchanging information in real time versus waiting on a response.
Please keep in mind, however, that the microblog site all too often fails miserably at archiving its hashtags and chats. Many of the following might seem sparsely populated as a result, so the best rule regarding checking their activity remains popping in at the appointed time and checking for participants and moderators.
#CollegeChat targets incoming, current, and recently graduated students on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 9 p.m. EST, making it an ideal stop for anyone hoping to ask questions and trade advice.
Personal finance should be a pretty high priority for recent graduates, and every Thursday at 3 p.m. EST the folks at Wise Bread help demystify some of the relevant issues.
Just like the title states, every Tuesday at 1 p.m., #careerchat helps newcomers (and some old-timers) land jobs and succeed in their chosen fields.
New graduates who want to impart some knowledge on the up-and-comers out there should tune in every Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST and drop some valuable truth bombs.
For the departing student whose job search extends past the receiving-the-diploma stage, this Twitter chat held every Monday at 10 p.m. EST might prove a valuable pursuit.
Recent graduates who think they might want to pursue a doctorate soon or in the future can use this chat to learn a good chunk of what the degree entails. It usually starts at 7 p.m. GMT on Wednesdays, but participants in other time zones often contribute regularly.
Vestiigo presents #CareerSavvy every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST, with different business experts weighing in on how to maneuver the work force with relative ease.
Job seekers gather at Hire Friday’s weekly chat every Friday (of course!) at 12 p.m. EST for information about open positions and how to launch their careers.
While formally held on Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST, #collegecash still keeps on going past the allotted time to bring information about paying for college during and after classes alike.
Whether using LinkedIn to search for a job or merely network within a new field, try this resource meeting every Tuesday night at 10 p.m. EST and get the most out of the social media service.
Targeted at any issue and every issue currently impacting the Generation Y set currently popping out of colleges and universities in droves. Hop on at 9 p.m. EST every Wednesday to meet and network with others and discuss what to do about this newfangled adulthood the kids are into these days.
Melissa Emerson hosts #smallbizchat every Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. and running until 9 p.m. EST, and encourages participants — including entrepreneurial graduates! — to discuss anything and everything related to launching a business.
On the third Wednesday of every month, at 8 p.m. EST, the #goundiet parties deliver candid advice about how to eat well and avoid fad diets — something every newcomer to the “real world” should probably know!
#beonfire teaches participants how to get their Katniss Everdeen on every Monday at 7 p.m. EST, covering productivity and balance concerns for all corners of life.
For the recent graduate whose resume needs a little TLC, try #resuchat at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesdays for strategies about printing up a real showstopper.
Fridays at 4 p.m. EST see participants from all walks of life gather together along with Money Crashers for useful tips on personal finance and other related matters.
It’s a little more abstract than some of the other scheduled chats listed here, but might still prove useful all the same. Hit up #ideaschat every Tuesday at 12 p.m. EST to network with other thinkers and map out something fun and new – great for innovative grads hoping to push and test some new concepts.
Mondays at 9 p.m. EST see current and former interns meet up on Twitter and network, network, network about job hunting in a most uncool economic climate.
If an MBA seems like a grand idea, the officials behind the GMAT exam make it easy to learn all about getting in and thriving on the second Wednesday of the month starting at 1 p.m. EST.
Building relationships of all types — personal and professional alike — is the name of the game here, and any recent graduates hoping to develop their connections with others should pop onto Twitter Mondays at 10 p.m. EST to learn more.
Hosted by the Get Rich Slowly team, #moolah meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST for frank talks about responsible personal finance choices.
“U30Pro” stands for “under 30 professional,” which pretty much sums up exactly what demographic this Twitter chat brings together. Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST see them all hunch under the designated hashtag for great exchanges about balancing and maneuvering everything their lives entail.
#healthylife can be a little difficult to navigate since everyone ever uses it, but starting at 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Thursdays of every month, it turns into a very active discussion of everything related to living safe and living well.
Even recent grads working entry-level positions might want to glean what they can regarding the skills and mindsets great leader types possess on 8 p.m. EST every Tuesday night.
Hit up #swchat every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST to trade tips and tricks regarding establishing a socially comfortable workplace using both on- and offline techniques.
The Career Success crew hosts their very own Twitter chat on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST with a bevy of expert tips and tricks about scoring a great job and thriving in it.
Also referred to as “talent chat,” this gathering takes place on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST and focuses on career-related topics meant to help pique participant’s most valuable skills.
At 8 p.m. EST on Mondays, anyone, not just new graduates , needing personal finance and other money-related advice fire up their Twitters and Twitter add-ons to ask questions here.
Proper exercise and diet are essential to a happy, healthy adult life (well…every life, honestly), and the #fitblog chats held every Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST teach how to form and stick with such laudable habits.
Gen-Y graduates hoping to snag some input from others in similar situations might find this regular meeting — held at 3:30 p.m. EST every Thursday — exactly what they need to thrive after college.
Both student affairs professionals and aspirant graduate students take advantage of #sagradhunt (whose meeting time proves a chore to pin down) to discuss the often physically and emotionally taxing process.
Ray Sidney-Smith hosts both a productivity podcast and #prodchat — held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. EST — chock full of most excellent information about getting things done (or GTD for those all hip to the whole acronym trend).
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