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The Post-Grad Survival Guide
The Post-Grad Survival Guide — Life in your 20s and beyond

And what to do instead to land your dream job

Hypothetical Holly graduated from a top university five years ago. She is $100K in student loan debt, working a dead-end corporate job, and spending month after month watching less qualified people climb the corporate ladder while she is still fetching coffee. Does the life of Hypothetical Holly sound familiar? For many millennials, it very much does. This, after all, is the real world — but the real world does not have to be this terrible.

There are many things a college education can teach you, but one of those things is not how to be promotable. With more and more…

Respect and kindness will always matter

Sometimes I’m tempted to close a work email with Jayla, Sun. As in my name is Jayla, and I am of the Sun descent. Though, I have major qualms about the tradition behind last names. But that’s not the point.

Besides, it’s just a joke. Sometimes I like to have a little self-deprecating fun with the fact that I may be among a dying species that still only holds a singular credential.

I am probably better off not listing it at all because it would just end up looking sad. The air of suspense and mystery is much better.


Zero marketing degree or experience is required

You don’t need a marketing degree or 10+ years of work experience to launch your own social media marketing agency. Trust me; I did it myself.

Social media runs our lives, and many of us are good at using various platforms for our personal use. Why not use those unintentional skills to help others? Many businesses don’t have the capital to hire a full-time marketing coordinator, nor do they have the time to figure out how to run it themselves. That’s where you step in.

Here’s how to launch your social media marketing agency:

1. Lay the foundation

When you’re building a business, taking…

Just another day in Bitcoin.

It’s June 22, 2021 at 8:04 AM as I write this. Bitcoin’s slipped beneath the $30,000 mark for the first time since January 1 of this year. It’s been a crazy bull market for the last 8 months or so, but it seems as if momentum is fizzling out.

Will you do this for X amount of money?

A person walks in a dimly lit subway. The photograph appears to be black and white due to the lighting. It is very dark, with a spotlight on the center of the image and black around the edges.
A person walks in a dimly lit subway. The photograph appears to be black and white due to the lighting. It is very dark, with a spotlight on the center of the image and black around the edges.

Freelance writers spend an awful lot of time preaching the upsides of working online and becoming your own boss. You can get up when you want, work when you want, and work for whomever you want.

These are all true statements — at least in my experience. However, the freelancing life certainly has plenty of downsides you should consider before making the leap. I haven’t found them large enough to serve as a deterrent, but you can be the judge.

1. You don’t know if you’ll have a job next month

Crappy bosses aside, most people in 9 to 5’s know where they stand. They aren’t expecting to be canned next…

And why it’s ok if you don’t follow it perfectly day by day.

Scheduling can be considered to be one of the most annoying forms of busy work, one that many people choose to forego entirely. After all, a schedule just restricts you from having the freedom to do what you want when you want, right? Wrong. Creating a well though-out schedule removes the ambiguity from your life. In fact, I would argue that a schedule is the closest you can get to a direct reflection of who you are as a person. Ideas of where you want your life to go only get you so far if you don’t plan to take…

As someone who’s been an employee her entire 15+ years career

Although I’ve been blogging since 2017, I only officially started my freelance writing journey a little over 2 months ago. I’ve dibbled and dabbled with selling books and courses, but the amount of money I was making just wasn’t enough for me to leave my 9–5. But most importantly, it was leading me down a path that didn’t align with my passion for writing.

When I decided to start freelancing, the first thing I had to do was realistically figure out my rate.

I Googled “freelance writer rates”. I read every article on the first page of the search results…

It’s been four years since I lost my dad and I’ve had some time to reflect and develop new perspectives.

As for any life-changing event, there is a before and an after. Your life will never be the same because a very important part of it is no longer physically there — a part of your identity. Someone who made you, raised you, protected you, cheerleaded you — your biggest fan. The before and after already started when my dad received his sudden cancer diagnosis one year before his death. The world I had known until this point was not the same anymore. For the first time, my dreams at night were better than reality when I woke up. Life…

Things you need to know about yourself if you want to be successful

Our 20s are the time where we break free from being a child, transform into an adult, and build the foundations for who we are to become in the next decades of our lives.

That being said, it’s not an easy process to transform into an adult and figure out who you are, especially when you may not even know where to start.

I was like this when I first went into my 20s; I had a general idea of the kind of man I wanted to be, but no definitive set of guidelines to get me from point A…

A self-reflection in leaving my twenties behind.

Every day I will wake up with a warm cup of coffee, open my laptop, and begin my morning ritual of grieving my twenties. While they say a watched pot never boils, it seems that growing older works in a completely opposite manner.

For me, the time for living a mistake-free life is coming, and like 90% of my generation, I am not ready. Soon will be gone my carefree twenties, where messing up felt like a natural part of life, and two-day hangovers didn’t exist.

Sure, I’m being overdramatic, but c’mon, this is what turning 30 does to you…

The Post-Grad Survival Guide

The Post-Grad Survival Guide — Life in your 20s and beyond

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