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The Most Vulnerable and Authentic Story of Your 20′s Yet

AGL“Many of us envisioned the sexy, cool, sitcomesque twenty-something life where drinking coffee with unnaturally good-looking people and witty banter were our two mainstays.”

-Paul Angone, All Groan Up: Searching for Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!

I’ve been watching Friends with my wonderful wife Kimi recently. She owns all 10 seasons, and can recite lines from every single episode by heart.

I never really watched it growing up, but it’s growing on me (and thanks for my in-laws for their Netflix subscription we use!). It’s all about our 20′s – trying to find a job that doesn’t involve being food thrown at you by kids at Chucky Cheese, deciding whether or not you’re going to go on yet another blind date, and, yes – fighting the urge to binge watch another 7 seasons of another show. [Read more...]

2 Benefits of Being Unemployed After College

Hey folks! This article is by my boy Shaquille Telford from BrokeWithADegree.com. Unemployed, hopeless, helpless, frustrated…if you’re with us on this one, read how being unemployed after college can actually be a pretty damn good thing.

Before you went to college, you were probably sold on the dream that “once you get that degree, you will make a lot of money”. You probably heard that from your parents, teachers, television, etc.

I was sold on that dream too. I had excellent grades, was a part of a few clubs, and even volunteered during my undergrad journey.

But, two to three months after graduation, I was sitting at home wondering…

WHY CAN’T I FIND A JOB? [Read more...]

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6 Realizations I’ve Come To in My 20’s

looking for something

1. I’m not an expert at anything [Read more...]

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The Brilliant Words of My Friend’s Drunk Friend That College Grads Need to Hear

The bar's jumping at Local 44“Well? Do you like your job??”

I was at a bar the other night with my wife and some friends. I met a friend of a friend, and we were talking over the crowd watching the March Madness games. I could tell he had finished a few beers (well, probably more than a few) already.

We were at a bar – I wasn’t planning on getting deeper than usual surface level bar-talk. But I thought about his question for a moment, and I decided to give him the honest answer.

“Actually, no – I don’t really like what I do. I mean, it’s alright – but it’s definitely not something I want to be doing for much longer. You know?” [Read more...]

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3 Potential Responses When You Realize Your Dreams Have Gone Nowhere

Emotion: Depressed

Rachel: I’m training to be better at a job that I hate. My life officially sucks.
Joey: Look Rach, wasn’t this supposed to a temporary thing? I thought you wanted to do fashion stuff?
Rachel: Well, yeah! I’m still pursuing that.
Chandler: How… exactly are you pursuing that? Ya know, other than sending out resumes like, what, two years ago?
Rachel: Well, I’m also sending out…. good thoughts.

-Friends

I started StuffGradsLike a little over 2 years ago. At first, I I couldn’t get enough – hours and hours every week of journaling, brainstorming, guest posting, researching data, connecting with other bloggers, marketing, and writing writing writing. I had a few highlights – I was featured in some big blogs, I wrote an eBook, I hit 750 hits one day.

Now…eh.

My dream hasn’t gone “nowhere” in this case, and yours might have gained some traction too since graduation. But what now? You’re burnt out, bored, and nothing seems to matter. You find yourself depressed on the drive home from work because you realize that even though you’ve been hating work all day and have thought of nothing but clocking out and going home, there’s nothing fun or interesting or exciting to do at home anyways.

Am I the only one? Please help me out here. [Read more...]

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3 Stupid But Irrefutable Reasons College Grads Need to “Pay Their Dues” First

Day 139 - Work!Why do we have to pay our dues? That’s stupid.

And it is. We want to change the WORLD, us college grads. Minimum wage? Never. Putting in YEARS of extra “work?” Yeah right. What is this, the 70′s?

Why the hell would be waste our time putting in the hours, clocking in and out any longer than we absolutely have to, and “pay our dues?

I didn’t want to do this. When I graduated college, I had a full-time job that paid a few dollars above minimum wage. While 90% of my friends could barely land a part-time job at the mall, I wasn’t satisfied with $10/hr. So I demanded a raise, and through some jedi-mind-trick bargaining, I got one. 12$/hr. Woo! 3 months later, that still wasn’t enough. I was the best. The best. So I demanded another raise. And you know what?

I got that one, too. Forget hourly – I told them I wanted salary. $30,000/yr. At 23, I was the only other person I knew my age that was on salary for a full-time job with benefits.

And it STILL wasn’t enough. (They eventually rejected my demand to be paid $40,000/yr).

The point is, you and I don’t want to wait. [Read more...]

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What To Do When You Didn’t Get the Job

Medal of Honor - Staff. Sgt. Salvatore Giunta - United States Army - 101116I like Chris Pratt. I think he’s a cool guy.

I’ve been pretty bored recently, so I’ve kind of been on this Wikipedia-binge. I’ll be bored at work, bored at lunch. Bored. So, recently, I’ve been demolishing Wikipedia pages. Twilight Zone episodes. Michael Jordan’s career stats. Chris Pratt’s acting career. Whatever.

Did you know that Chris Pratt auditioned for the lead role for Avatar? Me neither. Also, he auditioned for the lead role of the latest Star Trek movies. Thank you, Wikipedia. Pratt recalls these interviews being particularly humbling. In his words:

They said they want somebody that has ‘that thing’, that ‘It factor’. I walked out of that room thinking I would never have that thing, probably.

That was me. I don’t cry a lot, but I did then. When I found out I didn’t get the job. [Read more...]

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The Art of Non-Engagement (The #1 Way College Grads Are Killing Their Careers)

Bee Natural In Your Texting Stance - Explore October 25th 2013 #491For most of us, work is boring. Routine. Lifeless. We wake up, we clock in, we clock out. We find brilliant ways to pass the time, but in the end, most of us are just…

Bored.

Millennials find ways to do things as easily, as quickly, and as efficiently as possible. You end up doing all your work in 15 minutes, and you spend the rest of you time…doodling. Sweeping. Playing Trivia Crack. Playing 12 games of Trivia Crack at once. If work was about playing Trivia Crack, you’d be CEO by now.

But nearly every Millennial in this type of environment falls prey to one huge, glaring, and nearly-irreversible flaw, and it’s burying our dreams.

That’s by passing the time by secretly slacking off. [Read more...]

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Why Reliance on One Income is Disastrous, And How Your Loan Is In On It

Filing Taxes - 1040 Form

This is a guest post by Aaron Velky, an expert on creating a side income and managing student loan debt. 

Early 19th century: A growing economy attracts hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers to factory jobs, new housing, allure of wealth, and, unknowingly, the reliance on industrial jobs. The home supply, built by factory barons, kept workers right where barons needed them: unable to travel, afford more, or quit.

People had debt, debt that kept them where they were. As more people were drawn to the factory hubs, injured workers could easily be replaced, leaving exiled workers struggling to find alternative income options.

Does this sound somewhat familiar to “9% of college graduates are unemployed, and hundreds of thousands are working in retail, are cashiers or waiters/waitresses?” [Read more...]

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Why College Grads Need More Mediocrity, Second-Rate, and Uninspired

Uninspired

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to be.

There’s not a specific word for it, but I have an idea – I want to blog, and write about the best ways college graduates can find fulfilling careers and live a life of profound meaning. I want to write books and be a published author. I want to travel the country and the world, speaking to Millennials. I want to teach, to mentor, and to be a guide for them.

Ira Glass, famous American Radio Personality, said this: [Read more...]

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