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Own Your Digital Future: Essential Tech Transition Tips for Post-Grads

Graduating from college is a major milestone—a time for celebrating an important academic achievement and taking the next step towards a brighter future. But once the confetti settles, Aggies will need to transition their digital lives from college to the "real world". Luckily, UC Davis Information and Educational Technology (IET) has helpful tips from the Knowledge Base to make the switch a breeze. Follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Get copies of your academic coursework and grades. Make sure you have what you need to apply for jobs and/or the next level of education. Learn how to export coursework from Canvas and get a copy of your transcripts.
  2. Open a new email or switch to an existing personal email account. Campus-sponsored licensing for products will discontinue once you leave UC Davis. This includes but is not limited to Microsoft Suite and Google Workspace. While UC Davis allows graduates to temporarily transition to a @formerstudents.ucdavis.edu email address, the account comes with a 20GB storage limit and will only remain active for 1-3 years, depending on your prior university affiliation. 
  3. Move your data. Once your university accounts close, you will not be able to access your data. IET recommends downloading any data you would like to save, such as photos, messages, and documents, and switching to a personal email address.
  4. Update your personal information. Stay in touch! Update your name and address with the Office of the Registrar. To continue receiving communications from UC Davis, use this form to add your non-UCD email address.

For more information on what happens to your computing accounts when you leave UC Davis, how to proceed if you still have work to submit, or if you decide to return to the university for work or school, check out the full Technology Separation Checklist for Students