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Millennials doing worse than expected after college

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Photo credit: head4success.com

Cosmopolitan.com conducted a survey where they asked around 800 twenty-somethings whether their post-college lives were better or worse than what they had expected. The majority of those surveyed — 73% of women and 53% of men — felt that they were doing worse than expected in their careers, savings, or living situations:

Most Millennials Are Doing Worse Than Expected After College (cosmopolitan.com) Read the rest of this entry

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Gradberry teaches recent grads career skills

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Do you feel that your college education hasn’t adequately prepared you for today’s job market? Then you might want to check out Gradberry, an online startup with a mission to train recent graduates in a variety of career skills, thereby making them more appealing to employers who are hiring:

Gradberry Aims To Bridge The College Grad Skills Gap (techcrunch.com)

Gradberry offers courses to recent graduates who need to learn a new skill for the jobs that they’re applying to. And Gradberry also assists recent graduates who’ve already been hired, as their employers can sponsor them to take courses through Gradberry if they need a new skill for their job: Read the rest of this entry

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?

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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

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

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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

How to land a job at Google

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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

20something profile: Young and Twenty

graduates-black-white-17202377This post was written by Young and Twenty, who discusses her post-college confusion:

It’s officially been a year since I graduated from college. I earned my diploma after two years of studying Media Communications and was sent into a world that promised to hire us. Our teachers insisted the economy needs people with our knowledge, whether it be marketing, social media, etc.

I felt confident graduating until I realized I only know a little bit about a lot of topics. I didn’t specialize in anything, and in the end, I was left lost and confused on the direction I wanted to proceed. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Anna

This post was written by Anna, a 21-year-old college student:

One time, Macklemore said, “Thirty’s the new twenty because twenty-five-year-olds seem ten.”

I never thought of it that way, but once it was said, I really couldn’t disagree. It may be because I’m entering further into my twenties and leaving my teenage years behind, or perhaps it’s the near future of pure adulthood looming in the not-so-far distance. But either way, I’ve never felt more unknowing.

I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. And I’m really not afraid to admit it. Read the rest of this entry