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


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. …

It would be Accounting

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Gustavo Torres

Elon Musk has strong opinions about college. He says that it’s not about learning because you can learn anything for free.

He believes that college is for fun and for making connections.

I got a four-year degree double-majoring in finance and accounting, and for the most part, I agree that I could have received most of the information from online courses and Youtube videos for a fraction of the price or for free.

But if I had to recommend any of my college courses to anyone, it would have to be Introduction to Financial Accounting, aka, Accounting 101.

Warren Buffett said it best when he…

From a guy who proposed to his girlfriend at 21

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I proposed to my girlfriend in my aunt’s basement. We were watching Shrek 2 and it felt like the right moment. I should mention we were both 21 at the time.

In hindsight, a 21-year-old proposing to his girlfriend in his aunt’s basement seems rash and a bit unwise. But is it?

After marriage, our life followed a similar decision-making pattern. …

And what to write instead

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I’ve been a front-desk clerk or solo secretary of several companies over the years, and I can tell you exactly why your résumé didn’t make it to the boss’ desk.

Every time the company was looking for someone to hire and published a job offer online, I was in charge of selecting the résumés of people with the right skills and giving them to the director or the owner.

Giving to my boss thousands of documents from candidates who didn’t fit the profile would have meant wasting his time, not to mention the massive quantity of paper turned into confetti.

When you apply for a job offer and send your résumé directly to the company you want to work for, you should send a motivation letter attached or at least write something about you in the email. …

6 steps to getting your time back without breaking your bank account

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Photo of author by Austin Fassino

A happy life starts with a high paying job. After you find that, you rake in heaps of cash, and boom! The world is your oyster.

When I graduated from university, that was my perception of the world. And after I got that (not-as-high-I-would-have-liked-but-still) high-paying job, I found it to be true. But only about 30% of the time.

The other 70% of the time I was working in an office, doing something I had no passion for. …

Don’t let painful lingering emotions hold you back.

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She opened her eyes slightly to the sound of the incessant ringing of her alarm, which, if she wasn’t a recent graduate without any money, she would have thrown right out her bedroom window. …

A fresh look at an old debate

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My first job out of university was a 9 to 5 job. After three years of studying history, I ended up working in a betting shop. As you can imagine, it wasn’t what I envisioned when I went to university back in 2008.

The job involved mundane tasks like opening and closing the shop, taking bets from customers and ensuring the shop was tidy. As the months progressed, I settled into the job and slipped into a routine — the only variation being whether I worked the morning or afternoon shift.

It wasn’t the most glamourous existence. Over time I became more and more frustrated with the job. It all came to a head when I was hit by a car while cycling home one night. I was lucky; I walked away with only a few cuts and bruises, and a fresh perspective. …

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