New! ’19-’20 Book Update

Every one or two years, we update life after school. explained. based on customer feedback, topics of interest, pop-culture changes, and more.

We’re proud to announce our latest update for the 2019-2020 school year with a focus on more inclusive content. We’ve edited and removed some text so our book is more gender and income sensitive. We welcome your feedback.

Email us to request the latest version by PDF or request a hardcopy version shipping in August 2019.

More beautiful covers

We love seeing the creativity of our customers. We’ve posted some of our favorite covers in a previous post. Here are some more!

You’ll notice how some customers rename the book. 🙂

We look forward to more creativity in the 2018-2019 school year!


Over One Million Real World Ready!

Apply for a $1,000 grant for graduation gift books…

We’re thrilled to share that we’ve helped over 1,000,000 new graduates be “real world ready” with topics on business dinner etiquette, money, apartments, and much more!

We’ve sold over one million copies of life after school explained to 500+ colleges, 400+ companies, and 20+ greek organizations!

1,000,000 Penny Giveaway

To celebrate those million read world ready readers, we’re giving away 1,000,000 pennies:

  • We’re offering ten $1,000 grants to share our books with more graduates
  • We’ll have ten random drawings between Aug and Dec 2017.
  • Any organization is eligible (e.g. alumni office, school, company, etc).
  • The grant can only be used for life after school. explained. books ordered by Feb. 3, 2018.
  • An organization can only win once.
  • Details and winners will be posted on our Facebook page.


  • Step #1: Share the following text with at least 5 of your professional peers via email, listserv, or any social media:

Cap & Compass is giving away ten $1,000 grants before Dec. 15, 2017 for the purchase of their book “life after school. explained.” as part of their “One Million Real World Ready” celebration.

We’re proud to help 1,000,000 graduates and look forward to helping even more in the 2017-2018 school year!

Beautiful book covers

Some of our book buyers use their own graphic designers to create their customized book covers. I’m always inspired by their creativity.

I thought you might enjoy some of my favorite covers over the years.

If you’re designing your own cover, I encourage you to download large versions of the above images for inspiration. Enjoy!

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Do people like our book?

Do people like our book? We’ve had over 750,000 copies sold and organizations buy our book every year. But let’s ask the real experts… Amazon reviewers.

So we’ve had 27 reviews so far with 4.2 stars out of 5. Let’s hear what the experts have to say:

The writers of the book were resplendent… This made the book easy to follow and hard to put down.
– jmccon (five stars)

I don’t even know what resplendent means, but I hope it’s good.

The humour also helps ease your mind…
– Quasar (five stars)

When you spell humor as “humour,” I think you live outside the US. Maybe we have an international audience?

Moreover, the prose is written with what passes for humor for some people… and nearly impossible for non-Americans to glean what information is real and what is not.
– Moni3 (one star)

Nope. We should stick with a US audience according to Moni3.

This is the perfect gift for a new graduate … especially girls !!
Betty Johnson (five stars)

On occasion, I’ll get two emails within a week from readers. “This book is perfect for guys.” “This book is perfect for women.” Hopefully it’s perfect for everyone.

If you’d like to learn more about our book, see our sample pages, purchase a copy online, or request a sample for your organization. If Amazon reviewers like the book, I’m sure you will as well.

Kind Words About Our Book

One of the best known personal finance magazines and websites, Kiplinger, recently named Life After School Explained as one of the “Five Great Money Books for Young Adults.” 

Read their review:

If you’re clueless and overwhelmed by what lies in store after you untie yourself from Mom and Dad’s purse strings, this is a good book to get your feet wet. It’s short and humorous and doesn’t weigh you down with a lot of confusing terminology.

I read it cover to cover in about two hours and actually understood what it said — without my eyes glazing over once. It’s sprinkled with witty anecdotes, pop culture references and comic strips to keep the mood light, even though it discusses such heavy-weight topics as choosing a health insurance plan, filling out tax forms and investing your money. It also covers lighter-yet-important subjects, such as how to avoid looking stupid at a business meal, what to wear on your first day of work and what to look for in a good apartment.

Life After School Explained is written by a team of young professionals who draw largely from their personal experiences in the real world. Its focus is for those who don’t know anything about living on their own, which, whether we want to admit it or not, is probably most of us. It’s basic, straight forward and a cinch to understand.

Thanks for the kind words, Kiplinger!

New app promotion artwork

One of our app customers recently sent us an email:

“We have used the old set of ads for several years now and are in need of something new to get the word out. We are looking for something bright, hip, young, colorful, eye catching.”

Good news! We now have a snazzy new design:

If you’d like to use this new design to help promote your Crib Sheet app, please let us know. We’ll also supply you with native Photoshop files.

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New App Promotion Posts

An app customer recently requested additional posts to help them promote their app. I hope everyone enjoys these ideas.

It’s Image Improvement Month. Time for a cherry red convertible? Read about Buying vs. Leasing a Car in our app:

Valentine’s got you seeing red? Time to redecorate. Brush up on all you need to know about Paint in our app:

Whoa! It’s National Collision Awareness Month. Learn about Care Care and Disability Insurance in our app:

Not contributing much to National Smile Month? Learn about the research behind Happiness in our alumni app:

Not sure how to celebrate Older American’s Month? Read up on Retirement Accounts in our alumni app:

Job hunting? Get helpful tips on interviewing in our alumni app:

Celebrate your independence this July 4th with tips on apartment hunting and home buying in our free alumni app:

Football season make you feel inadequate? Up your game with tips on Watching Football in our alumni app:

It’s Subliminal Marketing Month? We’ll skip the subliminal stuff if you’ll read up on Alumni Giving in our app:

Raise your awareness this Disability Employment Awareness Month. Brush up on Disability Etiquette in our app:

First Thanksgiving with the in-laws? First business dinner? Get tips on Dinner Etiquette in our alumni app:

All this talk of a man coming down the chimney got you sweating? Read up on Renter’s Insurance in our app:

App Top Ten Lists

Everyone loves a good top ten list (especially USA Today), so I hope you enjoy a few top ten lists of our app customers.

Out of our 50+ customer apps, below are the winners…

Most App Visits

Note: Not all large organizations made this list.

#1. Michigan State (Alumni Association)
#2. University of South Florida (Alumni Association)
#3. Delta Zeta
#4. Alpha Chi Omega
#5. Saint Joseph’s University (Alumni Association)
#6. Calvin College (Alumni Association)
#7. Otterbein University (Alumni Association)
#8. Pi Beta Phi Foundation
#9. Kelley School (Indiana University)
#10. Stony Brook University (Alumni Association)

Most App Engagement

Note: This list shows the number of visits per download,  so the size of an organization doesn’t matter.

#1. Calvin College (Alumni Association)
#2. Otterbein University (Alumni Association)
#3. Marian University (Alumni Association)
#4. Milton Hershey School
#5. CSU Channel Islands (Alumni & Friends Association)
#6. Michigan State (Alumni Association)
#7. Claremont McKenna (Alumni and Parent Relations)
#8. Ferris State (Alumni Association)
#9. Northern Colorado (Alumni Association)
#10. University of South Florida (Alumni Association)

Most Life 101 Topics Read

Note: Some folks love the life 101 content even more than the news feed. 

#1. Delta Zeta
#2. Michigan State (Alumni Association)
#3. Alpha Chi Omega
#4. Pi Beta Phi Foundation
#5. Calvin College (Alumni Association)
#6. Stony Brook University (Alumni Association)
#7. Magner Career Center (Brooklyn College)
#8. University of South Florida (Alumni Association)
#9. Saint Joseph’s University (Alumni Association)
#10. Otterbein University (Alumni Association)

The real winners of these lists are the marketing wizards who promote their apps so well. Kudos to you!

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Book Annual Special

Now is the perfect time of year to order our book popular book, life after school. explained., due to our Annual Special.

Once a year, we send lots of orders to our printer all at the same time. Due to the large order size, we receive a printing discount which we pass onto our customers (Annual Special).

So place your order by January 25th for delivery around April 3rd and save.

We hope your seniors or new hires love the book!

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