So, you had a job interview and thought it went great. You sent the appropriate thank you email. The interviewer’s response sounded promising—they spoke to you like you practically had the job.
Then … you receive the rejection email.
At least, that’s what happened to me after my first “I really want this” job interview, and boy was I disappointed.
Ever since high school, my dream job has always been travel writing. Along the way, many people told me it would be too difficult—or even impossible. I believed it.
For a long time, I thought I would need to work a desk job forever, to pay my bills and student loans. I didn’t like cubicle life, so at the end of last year, I shifted my attitude and started thinking positively.
In May, I quit my 40-hour-per-week office job to pursue freelance travel writing. And now, I’m satisfied and happy.
You check your grades, emails, and missed calls, right? But have you checked your credit score?
If you read this with a glazed look over your eyes, it’s OK—in college, I also had no idea what a credit score was or why it’s so important. Until, like Sasha, I tried to rent my first apartment. I didn’t have a long credit history. “That can’t be so bad,” I thought. At least it’s not bad credit, right?
Well … I had no way to convince leasing offices that I’m capable of punctually paying rent. To them, I was still a risk!
Last summer, I dropped my son at the airport for a flight to Anchorage, Alaska to embark upon a journey thousands of miles away. With a job lined up at a hotel in Denali National Park that included room and board, he began a year seeking an “alternative form of education.”
That is, he quit school.
Maybe you don’t think of yourself as much of a cartographer, but you should never set out on a journey without a plan of how to arrive at your destination. And that includes traveling into your financial future.
As 20-somethings, it often feels like we have to manage so many financial obligations just to stay afloat. Because of this, it can be hard to look past the next payday—let alone to the next year or decade. However, it’s essential to think about your finances in a long-term context. Here’s a three-step plan to help you do it.
Picture an ordinary day at work. How many emails pop up in your inbox? 10? 20? 30? Now, how many of those are actually tasks you have to do at work?
On a regular day, I receive approximately 80 work-related emails. No joke.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? These are tough things to figure out—and, often, your first answer may not end up being the correct one.
Aaron Weber spoke with someone who dealt with her own shifting career goals. This person went from academic administration to marketing management, picking up two master’s degrees along the way. Check out what she had to say about her educational path and what it did for her career.
In April of my freshman year of college, my Politics 101 professor emailed me asking if I’d take a job as his research assistant. I was excited and honored, but also scared that I wasn’t capable of taking classes and working at the same time.
I’m now going into my third year as a research assistant, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. It looks great on my résumé, I’ve learned how to better manage my time, and I’m making money. I recommend finding a part-time job to everyone—it’s taught me as much as some classes I’ve taken.
You, too, can handle working while you’re in college. Here’s how to find a job that’s right for you—without work affecting your grades.
I recently came to a huge realization about my finances. Although I run my own business and am more than OK financially, I still treated money as if I was a scared 22 year old who couldn’t find a job.
Instead of spending money to make my life easier, I found myself really uncomfortable when facing situations like these. And I’m hardly the only one with this mindset.
I have some confessions to make.
I have almost no established credit. My boyfriend has bad credit. He’s looking to switch jobs in the near future. I’m a recent college graduate who has not held my job for very long. Oh, and we have a cat.
So, basically, we’re a landlord’s worst nightmare. Of course, we didn’t know this until our application for an apartment we really wanted was rejected.