20something profile: Shirsten

photoThis post was written by Shirsten, a young mom working her way through college:

My graduation date was May 2013. It’s burned into my memory. Why? Because it came, and then it passed. And here I am, still plugging away at school.

At first I didn’t even realize that my freshman class had reached the end of their road. I left the school that would have put me on the four-year path toward corporate independence. Instead, I’m here giving my girls a kiss on the forehead, casting an apologetic look at my husband, and biking the eight blocks to school every day.

Although I will admit it, I was a little discouraged when I first started scrolling through Facebook and realized that everyone in my freshman class had a lovely picture posed in a cap and gown between their parents with a tagline that said something like “Here I come, world!” But now I scoff at the confusion that they’re up against. (Not really, congrats guys.) Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Angela

ang in joe apartmentThis post was written by Angela, who spotlights restaurants for a local newspaper:

Here is what I know about myself and my career thus far:

  • I am a hustler. I enjoy the hunt of finding work, and I am good at it.
  • I am not good at staying in one place, five days a week, 365 days a year. I am allergic or something.
  • I like writing. I like reading. I like teaching. And that’s pretty much it right now.

I don’t know if it’s my generation or my own personality, but I am under the assumption that people are happiest when they spend most of their time doing something they like. I understand this makes me sound like a hippie, and I’m also scared of sounding entitled, which seems to be the typecast of my generation. Read the rest of this entry

Are millennials bad at dating?

Photo credit: theartofcharm.com

Photo credit: theartofcharm.com

Do college students really need a course in dating? This article discusses why such a course might be important for millennials, who are avoiding long-term relationships:

Why College Students Need a Class in Dating (theatlantic.com)

Erika Christakis, a former co-master at one Harvard’s student residence halls, states that the college students she interacted with were so focused on resume building and career preparation that they didn’t think they had a time for a long-term relationship. Read the rest of this entry

Is living with your parents a wise career decision?

Photo credit: Time.com

Photo credit: Time.com

Is moving back in with your parents after graduating college actually a wise career decision? That’s the question that this New York Times article poses:

It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave (nytimes.com)

The article profiles millennials who returned to their parents’ houses for reasons such as career indecision, student loan debt, and inability to find a job that paid enough. But Adrianne Smith, a 28-year old graduate, was making over $60,000 a year as a behavioral analyst. So why did she move back home? Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Amber

AmberThis post was written by Amber, whose passion is seeing the world:

College graduation occurred May 7th, 2011. I was drunk. I’d started taking shots of Canadian Hardwood at 8am that morning. I just wanted to get the damn thing over with. Musical theatre — that was my major. At one time, I was 100% sure about that choice. Two years in, I was crying in the bathroom to my father, who attempted to will me towards the date of May 7th, 2011 with his motto: “Just get the damn degree.” Read the rest of this entry

How to clean up your social media

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Photo credit: Social Sweepster

Social media can be a great tool in your job search, but it can also damage your career if not used responsibly. In an earlier post, I discussed how a reporter got fired for writing a blog post that mocked her job. But even something as simple as a picture or a comment could cost you your job or prevent you from getting a job.

Even if you’re careful about what you place on social media, it’s possible that your friends could post photos that make you appear irresponsible or unprofessional. It’s also possible that you might’ve posted some vulgar or offensive comment a while ago that you forgot about but is still lingering somewhere on your page. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Ola

the-road-not-takenThis post was written by Ola, a 21-year-old girl from Egypt:

I graduated college in June of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Since my graduation, I’ve been nothing but a lost soul searching for its real purpose in the world and the true meaning of its life. At first, I was like any other college graduate looking everywhere for a job or rushing to apply to as many grad schools as they can. It went on for about six frustrating months until I realized I was moving in the wrong direction. Read the rest of this entry

Student becomes homeless to afford college

Photo credit: Jake Stevens

Photo credit: Jake Stevens

Jake Stevens is a 19-year-old mechanical engineering student at Kettering University. In order to afford his college tuition, he has eliminated an expense that most of us would consider a necessity: housing.

Homeless college student ditches housing to afford tuition (finance.yahoo.com)

So where does he sleep? In the computer lab, at a friend’s house, at his fraternity. His program alternates three-month periods of schooling with three-month periods of full-time employment, and when he’s working, his employer provides him with free housing. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Sonya

Sonya_MatejkoThis post was written by Sonya, who moved to an unfamiliar city for love:

Throughout the year that I have been out of college, I believe I have learned more about the real world and more about myself than we were ever taught in college.

I learned the need to negotiate, especially as women. I learned the need to recognize a mentor early on and build your leadership skills. I began to master the art of networking and was exposed to the politics of industries that is not part of academia.

On a personal level, I was reminded to never forget your dreams. I learned quickly about the need for independence. I learned that I was capable of more than what was on my résumé. And most importantly, I learned that you forge your own path and should never forfeit it for someone else. Read the rest of this entry

How to land a job at Google

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Google (Photo credit: warrantedarrest)

Ever want to work at Google? Well, you could either A) check out The Internship, a film where Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to get jobs at Google, or B) read this New York Times interview with Laszlo Bock, who’s in charge of hiring at Google:

How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2 (nytimes.com)

Bock offers some interesting perspectives, not only on getting hired at Google but also on the value of a college degree. He advises prospective students not to go to college just for the sake of going. Instead, they should know what they want from their education to make the most of their investment: Read the rest of this entry

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