The Post-Grad Survival Guide
The Post-Grad Survival Guide — A Millennial Work, Money & Life Advice Publication


Get in, get experience, get out.

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Ever had a manager who demanded too much, a job that paid too little and a never-ending feeling of regret?

I dealt with all of these when I worked for my last employer — and it wasn’t pretty. I was fresh out of college with no experience. Needless to say, I didn’t have employers lining up to hire me.

While the job had seemed promising in the interview, I began to regret it within the first week of being there. …

When to make a move, how to position yourself, experimentation, using your network, and designing a back-up plan if the switch isn’t right

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How do you know when is a good time to make a career transition? What do you have to consider? How do you know the next step is the right step? And what is your backup plan if the next step is the wrong step?

I recently had a conversation with a former colleague, who asked similar questions. This former colleague is graduating with a Master's degree and considering using this qualification to pivot into a job they are interested in but have very little experience in. …

The psychology behind your loose spending

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When it comes to finances, you likely have had to learn most of what you know on your own. Schools don’t teach you how to manage your money. Most parents give you general guidance like ‘don’t spend all your money on sweets.’ Chances are you just wing it. Learn as you go.

But one thing seems to be a recurring piece of basic financial advice: save.

From the first day you got your piggy bank as a kid, you were told how important it is to save your money. …

5 things you can do in the next 5 minutes to get back on track

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“I’ve been applying to hundreds of job postings but making no progress. I’m really frustrated.”

“The job market is so bad at the moment, I’m worried that I will never find a job.”

“I don’t want to work in this field anymore, but I have no idea what I should do instead.”

Does this sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone. I hear these complaints from my clients.

All. The. Time.

Making career choices can feel like a frustrating and anxiety-producing battle at the best of times. When you add a pandemic, it can feel like drowning.

The good news is, you can’t be certain about your future

The pressure to “know” what to do next with your career is overwhelming. We are taught to have an answer to “what do you want to do when you grow up?” from the age of 5. But careers are long (50+ years if you are a millennial). And “knowing” implies certainty and stability. It suggests that there is one concrete and defined occupation for you forever. …

It only needs to be a good idea for you.

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My unemployed younger brother reminds me of a multi-billionaire.

One night, my parents called me ready to plan an intervention. My brother, who recently graduated from college, is living at home with them. He wakes up every day around noon. His days are filled with two primary activities: videogames and outdoor sports. He has no motivation to apply for jobs. And, my parents are going crazy.

My sister and I were a lot more ‘pro-active’ and ‘responsible’ in that sense. We were box-checkers. We did everything we were supposed to do.

So, on a typical day, I would have jumped on my parent’s bandwagon, hoping to shake some sense into him. But not that day. That day I realized that maybe I was wrong. Maybe my brother was right. Maybe this traditional path to success that most of us are on doesn’t lead us to success at all. …

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“I retired in five years.”

That’s what Grant Sabatier wrote in his book, Financial Freedom. Grant starts the book off talking about how he had $2 in his Citi Bank Account in 2010. He was at rock bottom, living at his parent’s house, and too depressed to do much of anything.

Then, like a miracle, he turned it all around within five years. Now he’s a millionaire.

His book is incredibly useful and inspiring — let’s get that out of the way.

The problem is, he spends 85% of the book talking about ways to save and invest money, and very little talking about the ACTUAL way he retired in five years. …

What you should know about becoming a freelancer in 2020

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I decided to go freelance in late 2019. …

#3 — They rarely talk about their boss (the VCs).

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There’s no reason to hero-worship every aspect of a billionaire programmer.

Co-founder of Instagram and programmer, Kevin Systrom, taught me to get out of a project when I’ve made enough money. You don’t have to stay around in a startup until the cobwebs grow faster than your user base.

When I got to work with Stripe earlier in my career I met the Co-Founder and billionaire programmer, John Collison, who taught me you could be really successful and not be an ass. …

I love you, but I’m done

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Dear Greg,

(Obviously, Greg, I am aware this had nothing to do with you. There are few entities with less power than a middle manager. But if it’s alright with you, I’m going to use your name as a stand-in).

You took care of me for a while. You made it easy. You gave me a comfortable chair and a computer and a desk phone. The desk phone! I forgot about that. I literally laughed out loud. Did you know that I would never, ever use it? Looking back, it feels like some sort of generational prank.

You gave me business-speed internet. God. I miss that. When I worked for you, my wife and I never had to discuss whether one of us should be watching Gilmore Girls while the other of us was uploading a 2GB video. …

Rejecting the capitalist trap of always needing more.

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I’m far from the only freelancer to find herself the target of business development managers promising to triple my client-base in six months. Despite now being on maternity leave, my LinkedIn inbox is full of free consultation session offers, free trials for client management apps or requests for a Zoom meeting to discuss “collaborative potential” — which here means me paying for services I don’t need.

It’s not that I don’t respect the growth and strategic management industry; they can and do work wonders for small businesses wanting to scale up to become profitable. …

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