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20something profile: Hannah

This post was written by Hannah, who works at an international PR agency:

When I embarked on a four-year Modern Languages degree in 2006, I had little idea of what I wanted to do as a career. The obvious options were to become a teacher or a translator — but while I knew instinctively that neither of these was right for me, I didn’t make much effort to find out what was.

During those first two years at university, not a day went by when the world’s most prestigious companies weren’t lavishing us with free smoothies or rickshaw rides, begging us to choose them. In those carefree, pre-recession days, being proactive about my career just didn’t seem to matter. As an Oxbridge student I just expected to be snapped up for some high-flying business consultancy role, and that was that. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Tatiana

image002This post was written by Tatiana, who aims to become a buyer for a major retail company:

“Wait, so I get to buy clothes for a living?”

When I graduated from college in May of 2010 from Syracuse University after triple majoring in Retail Management, Accounting, and Marketing Management, I thought that I was going to start my new glamorous job and become an Assistant Buyer in less than two years. Even after I was recruited to work for a global multi-billion dollar retail company, and they told me the average person took four years to move through the ranks, it didn’t change my mind.

My attitude was it was nice for everyone else, but I was going to do in two years and I was going to be great at it. I was going to be the BEST Assistant Buyer this company had ever seen, and damn it, it was going to take me two years. I was so focused on the length of time it would take me to get to my coveted position that I neglected to understand the full scope of what a career was. Whelp, it didn’t take me long to realize a couple things: Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Jamie

Travels in San AntonioThis post was written by Jamie, whose life took an unexpected turn after graduating:

My story sounds much like that of my peers who graduated back in 2010. I thought that I knew what life would look like after I finished college, and I learned quickly that I was wrong.

I graduated with a B.A. in English in June 2010. I took an amazing trip to Europe, packed up my apartment, and prepared to move across the state where I was set to begin a teaching certification program in the fall. Teaching had been the plan my entire life; I’d even gotten scholarships from my high school to help prepare me for a career as an educator. The deal was made much sweeter by the idea that my boyfriend of nearly four years was waiting for me in this new city. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Lauren

IMG_2024This post was written by Lauren, a Broadcast Journalism major who found her passion in writing:

I never really understood what the phrase “hindsight is 20/20” meant until I graduated college. I spent four fabulous years at Syracuse University, where I graduated with a Broadcast Journalism degree.

Though I wouldn’t trade my time at SU for anything, I wish that I had taken a more diverse range of classes instead of just focusing on my Broadcast Journalism courses; then I might have figured out that I love writing. However, I discovered my passion in a roundabout way, and it worked out. No complaints here.

After college I started working at my dad’s radio company. I knew I didn’t want to do radio for the rest of my life, but I didn’t really know what I’d rather be doing. I was living in the city where I went to college, but suddenly it looked like a much different place since all my friends had dispersed for their own jobs. I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands, which is how I started my blog Life with Lauren. Read the rest of this entry

When will I grow up?

Jen Glantz — who recently wrote a profile of herself for this blog — had written a piece on her blog The Things I Learned From about how twenty-somethings (including herself) have been reluctant to “grow up”:

From Occupying My 20’s (thethingsilearnedfrom.com)

Before I went to college, I believed that the path from childhood to adulthood was straightforward: elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and ultimately, a job. I thought that by the time I got my bachelor’s degree, I would have everything figured out and would be settled comfortably into a stable, mature lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Jen

388328_10100782579102052_1683180220_nThis post was written by Jen, a writer who has edited for a magazine and works in PR:

I’m Jen Glantz. I’m a writer, a finger-dancing guitar player and an obsessive pizza eater who since graduating from the University of Central Florida 2 years ago (with two diplomas collecting dust somewhere in a box) have postmarked myself in three different states and have had three different jobs: traveling the country working as an educational consultant for a national sorority, flipping pages as a magazine editor, and currently, dabbling with PR in a city driven by dreams in the backseat of taxi cabs. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Lauren

9653072This post was written by Lauren, who works as a freelancer in writing and marketing:

It was December of 2010. I can’t believe now that it was two years ago. I was graduating from Oakland University, a university very close to home. I was amongst the writers and communicators, graduating with a degree in Journalism.

At the time, I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to do. When I first started college, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher but quickly learned that I wasn’t cut out for it. I’ve always been a writer, desiring notebooks and pens instead of the latest toys and gadgets.

I’ve always wanted to write so I switched to an English degree. After realizing it was more literature and less writing, I ultimately found journalism. As an introvert, I didn’t necessarily want to be a reporter or work in newspaper, a dying field. Yet, I knew I needed a degree. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Markus

Piano (Photo credit: me5otron)

I graduated SUNY Purchase conservatory of music in 2010 after 9 long semesters of hard training and practicing as a classical piano performance major, trying to pursue a career to become a professor at a university. But even after all that work (unless I’m some sort of genius), I probably still wouldn’t get the job I want just from that. So to increase my chances of getting my dream job, I enrolled into a graduate program for my master’s degree in piano performance.

What I’m saying is that a person should try to learn as much as they can to improve their chances at employment. Also, one shouldn’t miss any chance to learn more, such as internships or summer classes. I for one try to attend as many summer music programs as I can, whether I’m a student or a teacher. Besides helping me get a better education, these little extra things look really good on a résumé.

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20something profile: Mike

My name is Mike, and I am a native of Northern New Jersey. In the fall of 2010, I graduated from the University of Tampa. I graduated in 3.5 years; my major was Criminology. While enrolled in college, I participated in internships with the State Attorney’s Office of Hillsborough County, Florida; the Fort Lee, NJ Police Department; and the Mahwah, NJ Police Department.

These internships definitely were the foundation for my interest and passion with respect to criminal law. I initially endeavored to join law enforcement; yet, after massive consideration, I decided to pursue law because I felt that law had more opportunities and experiences to offer than law enforcement.

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