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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

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

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

Is the cost of college hurting millennials?

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Is a college degree — and the debt that comes with it — hurting millennials? Here’s an article from Main Street that discusses how millennials are struggling to be financially independent because of advances in technology, a globalized labor force, and student loan debt:

What’s Causing Our Millennials to Fail at Becoming Adults (mainstreet.com)

It’s common to hear of millennials’ financial struggles: how they’re burdened with student loans to pay off, how they’re unemployed or underemployed, and how they’re putting off long-term commitments — like buying a house or starting a family — that previous generations were able to do much sooner. Read the rest of this entry

Grad student lives in van to avoid debt

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How far would you go to avoid student debt? For one graduate student, the answer to that question was to live in a van:

Duke Grad Student Secretly Lived In a Van to Escape Loan Debt (finance.yahoo.com)

After struggling to pay his undergraduate loans, Ken Ilgunas wanted to return to school but didn’t want to accumulate any more debt. So after he enrolled at Duke University, he bought a $1,500 1994 Ford Econoline, parked it in a remote parking lot, and lived there for two years. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Ari

2013-11-17 02.07.56This post was written by Ari, who works at a bank:

I have just graduated college! I am now part of this huge group of twenty-something-year-old graduates. I went to Florida International University right in Miami, Florida, and graduated in Fall of 2013. I double majored in Marketing and Finance.

I loved my college years. I met great people, I took on a lot of projects, I was part of the Honors College, I did two internships and at the same time I worked part time at a Bank during my last two years at FIU. Do I wish I would’ve done something different? No. I did the best I could have done and fully enjoyed every single semester. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Jessica

mephotoThis post was written by Jessica, who runs a personal finance blog:

In 2009 I graduated university with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film. After 5 years of living and breathing academia, I was so excited to grab my diploma and show the world what I had to offer. I got a contract job right out of university at a film festival and it was honestly one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. For an ex-film student it was a pure dream, but after my four months were up, that’s when my happy-go-lucky bubble burst.

I was unemployed for 8 months after that, I wasn’t eligible for employment insurance, so I couldn’t afford to move out of my parents’ house, and I had $5,000 of student debt accruing interest by the month. This was not how I pictured my post-grad life to be. Read the rest of this entry

Intern allegedly worked to death

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Moritz Erhardt, a 21-year-old German intern for Bank of America’s investment banking division in London, was found dead after allegedly working for 72 hours without sleep:

Bank intern’s death spotlights workaholic culture (news.msn.com)

The article describes the grueling workloads that finance interns in London, New York and Singapore go through to procure a coveted, high-paying job in the finance industry. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Kali

profileThis post was written by Kali, who wants to be a professional writer:

As practical and sensible as I am most of the time, I’ve certainly had my moments where I became caught up in some very wishful thinking. Choosing to work for a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in professional writing right as the American economy tanked in 2008 was one of those wishful moments.

Despite the fact that I was witnessing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, I told myself I’d be fine with my degree in humanities from a small university. I knew I wanted to be paid to write somehow, because writing was what I loved most.  Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Kerry

li_scaled_profile_pictureThis post was written by Kerry, who lives in Kenya and works in finance:

When I was ten, I gave up on my dream of becoming a doctor. I couldn’t stomach the sight of blood and feared the needle piercing (to date, I don’t wear earrings).

I am sure that my father was quite excited when I told him that I wanted to go into the corporate world. He really wanted his first born daughter to follow in his footsteps. I believe that since all his children are all girls, he wanted to prove to our community that even though he did not have sons, they could still be proud of us. Read the rest of this entry