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20something profile: Irina

IrinaThis post was written by Irina, who works in finance and blogs about beauty:

Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, but before graduating school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. So, I decided to go with the flow and applied to a technical university. In 2009 I graduated Engineering and Management in Telecommunications, but I was still not sure that this was what I wanted to do further in my life.

A couple of months later, I started my master’s degree, also in Telecommunications. At the beginning of 2012, I was done with my university, and I was still indecisive about my future. I was feeling like I failed big time. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Laura

girl-writingThis post was written by Laura, who has a career in fashion:

Before I started my degree, I did not expect to have a career in fashion after my 4 years of study. Graduating in 2012, I studied English and Spanish in a university in Devon with the general idea of perhaps going into teaching or translating after the course. However, as more and more lectures wore on, the concept of carrying on these subjects post university started to seem undesirable.

Suddenly, I was faced with a rather large stretch of future with no clue how to fill it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved studying my subjects, but the slightly limited careers relating to them didn’t exactly set me alight. It didn’t occur to me at the time that my part time work in retail would ultimately be my foot in the door to a rather tricky industry. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Krya

This post was written by Krya, a disappointed yet motivated fresh graduate:

Born and brought up in a conservative Indian family, I was always expected to follow the rules. Dreams were unheard of, and I always excelled at everything including academics and the corollaries. Thus I was not shut up when I voiced my ambition of pursuing Fashion, a rather unconventional and ‘frowned upon’ field in most Indian families. The only condition being, I had to stay in my city, thus settling for lesser than the best.

Fighting against the dirty looks of middle-aged aunties, I set out on a journey to pursue my passion for creation. On the side was the constant burden of proving myself and not succumbing to the cyclical pressure of ‘school-college-marriage-kids’ for a Marwari Indian female student. My college years were a roller-coaster ride packing in every experience from thrill, depression and extreme joy when I graduated 4 months back as the best academic performer from my batch. Read the rest of this entry

Payel: Working the flow

252249_10200583278737512_1827789306_nThis post was written by Payel, a 19-year-old who is studying fashion:

Coming from India, a country with a past so rich the present is nothing but a decaying dream, it is a tough time for the youth to survive. Especially with the rupee’s value sinking even lower the past week, economy is at an all time low; no wonder the parents of this country do not really preach “follow the dream” slogan to their kids — it’s more about the security of the present and the future.

And thus, the kids are laden with second-hand dreams of being doctors, engineers, government officials, or high post holding MNC workers. Anything less, and you are branded lost. 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