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


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. …

Leave room for bigger mountains to climb.

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Have you ever wondered why some people keep growing all their lives while others hit a plateau?

Why, instead of quitting our job to start a business, we stay and become so good that it’s now stupid to quit?

Or instead of building the life we want, we settle down for the life that “happened”?

This happens because too many of us — especially in the culture where quick success is put on a pedestal — optimize prematurely.

Here’s how not to.

But first, what it means and where the term comes from.

What It Means To ‘Optimize Prematurely’

The term comes from biology and is a fancy way of saying that the species has reached its peak from the evolutionary perspective. But that’s not where I learned it from. …

Some advice for surviving your job search

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Ever since I first saw Sex and the City, my ultimate goal was to move to New York City and become a full-time writer. That was my career dream, and I was sticking to it.

After I graduated college, I took a quick detour down to Florida to work for Disney for 5 months before heading back to my parents’ house in Connecticut to prepare for my new life in the big city. …

How an expense audit can increase your savings rate

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Did you know that the higher your savings rate is, the less time you have to work? Assuming you’re investing the money you don’t spend, of course.

Mr. Money Mustache who popularized the FI/RE movement broke down the math behind this concept of saving more to work less in his article, The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement.

For example, if you have a 10% savings rate, you have to work for 51 years. …

A simple strategy for making money with a blog that you may not have considered.

How to earn money with a blog.
How to earn money with a blog.
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At the beginning of 2020, I decided to run an experiment.

I had written a short nonfiction Kindle book and self-published it to Amazon. It was selling a copy or two per month at that point, and I wanted to see if I could increase my sales by writing a blog post to promote it.

I chose a topic for my blog post related to my book that I knew people were searching for on Google because it showed up in the “related searches” section at the bottom of the results page when I searched for my main topic keyword.

Here’s an…

How to spend wisely to increase your happiness

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There is perhaps an assumption among all of us that the more money you have the happier you will be. Money, of course, can buy things. Those things lead you to live a comfortable life. A nice house, nice car, nutritious food all those things mean that life is a little easier.

From comfort, you move to luxuries, nice holidays, expensive watches, and clothes. …

It might be the best thing that’s ever happened to you…yet

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We’ve all heard of the mid-life crisis. Impulse purchases. The fancy cars. The change in careers. The broken relationships and the existential musings. But what about a quarter-life crisis? What about the hoards of millennials who have just hit the corporate world only to find they hate it? What about the 20-somethings finally finding their independence, their voice and embracing their freedom for the first time?

From a young age, we are told that the world only works a certain way, and anything else isn’t accepted. We are funneled through school into university and out into the ‘real world’ as generations for centuries have before us, with very little room for personal expression, for originality and creative thinking. …

Lessons from creating a successful career after a failed startup

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I remember the first day of my first “real job” at the age of 27. As is customary, the new boss took me around to meet all the key people I would be expected to build relationships with. First, I met the people occupying 4-way workstation desks. Then the ones who sat in rooms the size of my studio apartment. One of these rooms belonged to a Director. I was introduced, and he asked, “Where are you from?”

That’s an odd question, I thought. I’m more familiar withWhat’s your elevator pitch?” when meeting businesspeople. …

Because it just might.

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I met up for a coffee with a family friend the other day. She graduated from University this summer and is applying for jobs. I asked her how it was going, and she said — “bleak.” Prospects are “bleak,” my chances are “bleak,” the environment is “bleak.” Everything is “bleak.”

Unfortunately, she’s not entirely wrong. She is graduating into what could be one of the toughest job markets in decades. Unemployment is rising globally, and companies are freezing their recruitment processes as they prepare to experience the deepest recession since World War Two, according to the World Bank.

The landscape is worrying. But what I found just as worrying was my friend’s response when I asked her what she was doing to secure a job. She responded — “I’m filling in online application forms.” That was it. …

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