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Things to Tell Yourself When You Feel You’re Not Making Any Progress

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I’d be willing to bet most of us feel this way.

I work at a job where I need to make my own goals. I don’t have people telling me what to do, or how to do it, or even helping me figure out what “progress” looks like. [Read more...]

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The Bread and Butter Tactics for Getting a Job After College

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1. Spotless Resume (I hate this one) [Read more...]

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What Avengers and MayPac Taught Us About the Underwhelming Post-College Experience

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The Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight was deemed by most boxing experts as the “fight of the century.” Whoever won would be the grandmaster-champion-of-the-galaxy or whatever.

Avengers came out this weekend. The original movie held the record for biggest opening weekend of all time or whatever.

Both were hyped to the max. I mean, it’s not everyday these things happen. You know how waiting for the next season of Game of Thrones for yet another YEAR like, super sucks? It’s like that, times 5 or something.

But after years and years of hype, both these events turned out to fizzle rather than fire up.

(Especially that MayPac fight. I mean, c’mon guys.)

This might sound eerily like what you’ve experienced so far in your 20s. Still living at home, still scrounging up spare dollars to go out and get a burger. Still watching damn near everyone else move ahead you. What the hell? What gives??

For years in college, we were pumped to FINALLY get out of class and start working. Make that money. Finally travel, finally do what WE want to do. Right? Right.

Not really though.

For many of us, life after college has been more underwhelming than the MayPac fight where the most interesting thing so far has been what we see other people do on Facebook. Is there anything more depressing? No.

However, here’s what you need to know about underwhelming. It’s alright. It’s expected. It happens, a lot. I mean, a lot a lot.

Your 20s are about identifying what you’re about. What you like. What your passions are, what you’re good at, and blazing lots of new paths that hurt and scratch you and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere-forest with nothing but a seemingly-useless degree and a small (read “minuscule”) checkings account.

MayPac was a letdown, and while Avengers was definitely awesome (go see it), it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. Still, our 20s are not about being defined by the best and greatest successes of our lives, contrary to our hopes for the past several years. But we can still make huge dents in identifying our passions, skills, and where we want to end up later in life.

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The 3 Smartest Things I’ve Done In My 20s So Far

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1. Personal counseling

There are few things I call “priceless.” Going to counseling in my 20s is one of those things. [Read more...]

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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

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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

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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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