Being a twentysomething is not all about having it all together. The best experiences that I’ve had are a result of making a mess, evolving, and learning about myself.
The promise handed down to us in one way, shape or form is that if we’re decent people who work hard, we’ll eventually have it all together with careers, relationships, and family. That is the modern variation of the white picket fence.
I didn’t achieve major self-actualization until I stopped believing this and accepted the current economic climate not with the mindset of a victim, but with the mindset of a self-starter. Read the rest of this entry
What’s the biggest regret that college graduates have? You might think it’s picking the wrong major, but according to this article, the answer is gaining more work experience:
What College Graduates Regret (theatlantic.com)
In a Pew Survey of college graduates, 50% of the respondents chose not gaining enough work experience as their biggest regret, while only 29% chose picking the wrong major. Other regrets include not studying enough (38%) and not looking for work sooner (30%).
This survey also found that one-third of college graduates who majored in social science, education, or liberal arts regretted their major, while 24% of science and engineering graduates regretted their major. Read the rest of this entry
Now approaching my 24th birthday, I finally escaped full-time education and graduated with my degree in English Literature & Language and Communication from the University of Hertfordshire with a 2.1 back in 2011.
After six months of enjoying myself, I was taken on as a trainee reporter at my local newspaper, The Lynn News, after having previously worked there and contributed a weekly column. Since working there, I have been given the opportunity to begin my NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, for which I am studying shorthand, law, reporting and public affairs while working full time. Read the rest of this entry
My first year of college, I didn’t finish. We were on the quarter system, and I’d failed two math classes in a row, and my financial aid was taken away. I was unhappy with the school I was at, I wasn’t sure about my program, and a week into my third quarter, I decided to go home.
I still remember pulling my suitcases down from the storage above my closet, and only one person said anything to me. Only one person, one of my next door neighbors, asked me what I was doing. I spoke to my RA after I was already packed and half of my things were in my mother’s car. Read the rest of this entry
I’m sure that not many recent graduates have thought, Thank God I’m graduating during a recession! But graduating in a rough economic period might actually be a blessing in disguise — at least according to this Yahoo Finance article:
Why You’re Better Off Graduating in a Recession (finance.yahoo.com)
The article cites a study that analyzed government surveys of job satisfaction and found that people who graduate in a recession are more satisfied with their jobs because they’re grateful to even have a job, instead of questioning whether they could’ve done better. Read the rest of this entry
At 29, I’ve had numerous careers in my 20s and travelled to 30 countries. It hasn’t always been easy, and it’s definitely not a vacation, but it’s the life I choose to lead at the moment.
I got bitten by the travel bug during the last semester of my bachelor’s degree: I travelled to Glasgow, Scotland for an exchange semester and loved it so much I knew I had to do it again one day. In the meantime, though, I needed to make some money, so it was off to work I went! I was lucky enough to be good with numbers and accounting, even though I had no background in finance. Read the rest of this entry
I have just graduated college! I am now part of this huge group of twenty-something-year-old graduates. I went to Florida International University right in Miami, Florida, and graduated in Fall of 2013. I double majored in Marketing and Finance.
I loved my college years. I met great people, I took on a lot of projects, I was part of the Honors College, I did two internships and at the same time I worked part time at a Bank during my last two years at FIU. Do I wish I would’ve done something different? No. I did the best I could have done and fully enjoyed every single semester. Read the rest of this entry
I graduated in 2009; I completed my Honours BA in English & Canadian Studies. Since then, I’ve also finished two certificates, one in Marketing Communications and Event Planning. When I was unable to find a new full-time job upon completing my degree, I went to Australia for six months. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
Everyone who knows me knows I am in love with events. I look forward to a career in planning large corporate and marketing events. Along with the event work I do in my current role, I’ve also committed to a number of community events, including nonprofits. Read the rest of this entry