Millennial activist swims with sharks

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You wouldn’t think that sharks need to be protected, but 29-year-old marine activist Ocean Ramsey is setting out to change that notion. Millennial magazine profiles Ramsey’s efforts to protect sharks and give their their image as savage killers a much-needed overhaul:

Marine Activist Ocean Ramsey Fights the War on Sharks (millennialmagazine.com)

It’s estimated that humans kill 100 million sharks each year. One reason why sharks are killed is for their fins, which are used to make shark fin soup. Though shark fin soup isn’t tasty or healthy, it’s perceived as a status symbol in mainland China, where customers pay up to $100 per bowl. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Roe

Roe_PicThis post was written by Roe, a musician and songwriter:

Hi, I’m Roe. I’m an unemployed 24-year-old “adult” who unashamedly lives with my parents. I also take care of my grandmother who has a plethora of chronic ailments, while simultaneously striving to set a good example for my younger brother who’s still in high school. I’m also a songwriter.

I graduated Ramapo College of New Jersey in May of 2013 with a degree in Music, concentrating in Music Industry and Music Production and minoring in Information Systems — you know, for good measure. Read the rest of this entry

Framing youth and inexperience as an advantage

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Last week, I wrote a piece on Chelsea Krost’s blog about ways that millennials could gain professional experience for their first full-time job. This piece by Brian Hart, president of the PR firm Flackable, discusses how millennials could actually use their age and lack of experience to their advantage when they’re searching for jobs:

3 Ways Millennials Can Frame Youth And Inexperience As A Professional Advantage (chelseakrost.com)

One advantage that millennials have over older generations is their knowledge of technology and social media. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Emily

image001This post was written by Emily, a writer, blogger, and avid coffee drinker:

Most mornings I make myself some coffee, toast a bagel, and wonder what the heck I’m doing with my life. For someone who has settled into a comfortable home and a comfortable career, it sounds like an ideal morning. But for someone who still needs something to look forward to in the day? That’s all I live for.

I graduated this past June from Knox College in central Illinois — small, liberal arts, cornfields for miles — and studied English Literature with a minor in Religious Studies. Moving from my home in sunny, busy California to the countryside of Illinois was a big change, but it was a change I accepted wholeheartedly. Read the rest of this entry

Making the most of an internship

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We’ve all heard the stereotypes of interns being forced to do menial tasks like fetching the coffee, but internships can actually be a great launching pad for your career. My article on Chelsea Krost’s blog shares four things you should consider when you’re finding an internship:

What You Should Consider When Choosing An Internship (chelseakrost.com)

Thanks to Chelsea Krost for publishing my guest post. And if you haven’t already, please check out my previous guest post on Chelsea’s blog, Top 6 Ways To Gain Experience Before Your First Job.

Are millennials ruining this country?

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Photo credit: Wikipedia

In a letter to Ask Stacy, a reader (referred to only as “C”) calls millennials “a danger to the financial security of this country and workforce security.”

C even likens working with millennials to working with alcoholics  — in that they let personal problems get in the way of their work — and accuses their parents of enabling them:

Ask Stacy: The Millennials Are Ruining This Country. What Can We Do? (moneytalksnews.com) Read the rest of this entry

How to gain experience for your first job

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Photo credit: ventiq.com

As a job seeker, I was often frustrated by the catch-22 that you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. But then I realized that you don’t necessarily need a job to get experience.

So I wrote a guest post on Chelsea Krost’s blog about alternative ways that young job seekers could get the experience they need for their first full-time job:

Top 6 Ways To Gain Experience Before Your First Job (chelseakrost.com)

Special thanks to Chelsea Krost for publishing this post. And I hope that if you’re searching for your first job, this post will help you become a more competitive candidate.

20something profile: Lauren

IMG_2381This post was written by Lauren, who runs a blog about 20-somethings:

As soon as I stepped on campus at Elon University, I knew that I wanted to be in the communications building soaking up wisdom and inspiration from the myriad of amazing professors with powerhouse résumés.

For me, the years flew by in a stream of lectures, weekends, friends, internships, and experiences. The day I graduated, I had a plan and was on my way to a flawless execution…until life happened. Read the rest of this entry

My move to NYC

Two months ago, I moved to New York City for graduate school. I wrote a piece on my experiences in the city for Twenty Something Living. Special thanks to Lindsay and Lauren of Twenty Something Living for publishing my piece. (I’ll be featuring a 20something profile of Lauren later this week.)

From the Suburbs to New York City: My Move to the Big Apple (twentysomethingliving.com)

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Photo credit: petersonlive.com

How to handle money in your 20s

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Even billionaires made mistakes with their finances when they were our age. In this Business Insider piece, nine financially successful people share what they wish they had known about money when they were in their twenties:

What 9 Successful People Wish They’d Known About Money In Their 20s (businessinsider.com)

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, advises twenty-somethings to prioritize learning new skills over earning a high salary. While learning new job skills might not pay off in the short term, it’ll lead to career growth over the long term. Read the rest of this entry

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