What You Should Know after Graduation: Two Black Nerds Weigh In.
Update: you can now click on the timestamp and you’ll be directly listening directly to that section of the podcast !
Last year, my friend Iheanyi Ekechukwu and I started a podcast called Two Black Nerds where we discuss life after graduation. Our latest episode is a Q&A sessions, where we attempt to answer questions that recent 2016 graduates submitted.
The episode (link: https://simplecast.com/s/c2cd7092) is packed with resources, and links that I would like to share with every recent graduates on Medium.
Two Black Nerds Graduation Edition — 2016
00:06:20 — How much do you make?
00:08:55 — What are taxes and why do they suck?
00:14:22 — Financially what do you do?
- The Mint App (https://www.mint.com/) to track your expenses
00:25:05 — What can we do to build a strong financial foundation upon getting our first job?
- A book on finance: Ramit Sethi: [I Will Teach You To Be Rich](http://amzn.com/0761147489)
- An Article: The Psychology of Automation: Building a Bulletproof Personal-Finance System (http://fourhourworkweek.com/2009/03/26/the-psychology-of-automation-building-a-bulletproof-personal-finance-system/)
- A book on cooking: Tim Ferriss - The Four Hour Chef (http://amzn.com/0547884591)
00:30:00 — Balancing research with family/social life (or how to have work life balance?)
- An article on work life balance: Fixed Schedule Productivity Method by Cal Newport (http://calnewport.com/blog/2008/02/15/fixed-schedule-productivity-how-i-accomplish-a-large-amount-of-work-in-a-small-number-of-work-hours/)
00:38:00 — How do you make new friends and have a social life if you are moving to a new area?
- A website: Meetup.com (https://meetup.com)
- A Two Black Nerds episode: “Wait I’m not the only minority anymore!” (http://www.twoblacknerds.com/episodes/11076-wait-i-m-not-the-only-minority-anymore)
00:41:20 — Your thoughts on dating while black after Notre Dame/PWIs
00:49:20 — Do you really have to go to work when you’re hungover or can you use a sick day?
00:53:30 — I would like advice about cold-emailing/-calling people and companies when they don’t have jobs posted but you still want to work for them.
01:03:34 — How can I break into a major industry if I don’t come from a top tier college?
01:11:00 — How do you avoid getting depressed after you achieve your goals and lose your passion for doing things?
- A book: Chapter Six of Scott Adams book How To Fail at Everything and Still Win Big (http://amzn.com/1591847745)
01:22:30 — How should I go about evaluating if the work I’m doing is worthwhile? How much does whether or not you think your job is improving people’s lives weigh into it?
- A website: Professor William MacAskill 80000 hours (https://80000hours.org/). It discusses how to evaluate your work
- A TED Talk: William MacAskill “Want to make a difference? Don’t Work for a Charity.” (http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Want-to-make-a-difference-Don-t)
01:30:55 — How do I deal with people that won’t take me seriously in the workplace?
- A book: Dale Carnegie “How to Win Friends and Influencing People”
01:36:35 — What are the best ways to keep learning new things?
- YouTube channel: Ted ED (https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation)
- TED (http://www.ted.com/)
- Brainpickings (https://www.brainpickings.org/) — Interdisciplanary musings on the intersection of philosophy, science and literature.
- Twitter (https://twitter.com/). Find smart people and follow them
- A Podcast: TED Radio Hour (http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/)