If you haven’t stumbled across the Brazen Careerist blog written by Penelope Trunk, I suggest that you check it out. She gives great career and start-up business advice.
She writes references an article wriitten by Ryan Healy college graduates going back home to live with their parents.
After reading this article, it helped me to reconsider my thoughts about college grads going back home to live with their parents. One thing the article does not point out is that you need to make sure that your parents are cool with you coming back. They might not have had plans for you coming back to live with them, so you need to make sure that it’s not a burden to them. Also, make sure that you are not a financial burden on them to come back home. I don’t think you need to pay rent, but you should definitely pitch in for utilities and buy your own groceries or pitch in for your mom to buy extra groceries for you.
The main reason that I think this may be a good option after you graduate is the factor of trying to grow up too quickly. Many of you get into the habit of buying a bunch of new stuff when you start out on your own, and your debt is compounded. Also, it may take you a few months or even a year to get your career going. Take this time to choose a company and a job that will align your skills and talents.
Just remember that this is a temporary solution to getting your “grown-up” life on the right track. You should not need to stay wit your parents for longer than two years to straighten out your finances and career. Staying any longer may become detrimental to yourself and your parents.