If your child is enrolled at a community college or associate’s program, do they plan to transfer to a four-year institution? If not, they have even less time to start thinking about what comes next, so planning for their first post-college job is extra important. (Skip ahead to the next paragraph!) If so, what steps do they need to take to make it happen, and when? They should be able to transfer their existing credits so they don’t start from square one in a four-year program. But it’s important to make sure all those credits are transferable in advance, so your student doesn’t end up having to repeat coursework—which adds up in cost, and sets them up for higher risk of dropping out.