postgradlife

4 ex-students dealing with the real world

Anonymous asked: Hi guys!! Love your blog!! Malia, I was just wondering how you got your job (like what steps you did to get to that point)?? i only ask because that's literally my dream job (if you don't want to answer that's completely fine!!!) :) thank you!!

Hello, hello — I think like getting any job, it’s largely a combination of skill, a lot of luck, timing and connections. I started out in magazines — interned at one, worked on one in college, then got a job at one after I graduated. There came a point where I knew I needed to leave magazines, and so I started reaching out to the people with whom I’d kept in touch, and one person knew another person who knew of an opening at CC Digital, which led to rounds of interviews and tests and, ultimately, a job. I say — keep up your friendships with people that you meet because you never know what you might learn from them, and vice versa. Someday, they may ask something of you, too. And always keep your resume/portfolio updated.

Sorry to not have a more concrete answer of this-is-how-it’s-done, but I’m still figuring this all out, too!

-Malia

Best Cities for Recent Grads

Using a study from Divya Raghavan at NerdWallet, we made a cool graphic to help recent graduates find the best city to start that exciting next step of life. Using an overall score combined from different metrics such as demographics, social life, accessibility, cost of living, and availability of jobs, NerdWallet found the top 10 cities for recent grads. Take a look, maybe you’ll find a new city to start your postgrad life!

Source: eCollegeFinder

Hey, why not self promote, it’s a pretty graphic!

I went to visit Jen in London a few weeks ago, and we staged the Ultimate Selfie.

These days, even more than the obsession millennials have with the selfie, is the obsession writers have about millennials and the selfie — together and separate.

Here’s a small roundup of bullshit/intriguing articles I’ve (for some reason?) seen in the past few weeks about millennials, selfies and why we are all unemployed/lazy/narcissistic/carefree/irresponsible/poor/validation-seeking/manic.
BBCNews blogs: Why can’t the selfie generation find jobs?”A study by the employment and recruiting company Adecco found that hiring managers are three times less likely to hire a millennial than a mature worker because they see older workers as more ‘reliable’ and ‘professional’.”
NYtimes: Millennials at Work: Young and Callow, Like Their Parents“‘You can find these complaints in ancient Greek literature, in the Bible,” said Peter Cappelli, “It reflects the way old people see young people’.”
TheFederalist: Millennials Unrooted: But For How Long?"Consider the mantras that they were bombarded with throughout their youth. Stay in school. Believe in yourself. Have safe sex, which of course meant sex without STDs, but also sex without babies. The emphasis for today’s new adults has always been on self-perfection."
CAN’T FORGET THESE ONES —PsychologyToday: #Selfies: Narcissism or Self-Exploration? 
or ibtimes: Selfies Linked to Narcissism, Addiction and Mental Illness, Say Scientists
or GuardianLibertyVoice: Selfies Cause Narcissism, Mental Illness, Addiction and Suicide? “‘Selfies frequently trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that raises the damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t spectre of either narcissism or low self-esteem,’ said Pamela Rutledge in Psychology Today.”
interesting take from Feminspire: The Evolution of Selfie Culture: Self-Expression, Narcissism, or Objectification?  “What started as a University of Kansas fan’s down-blouse – or, in this case, down Jayhawks shirt — photo has spawned the creation of Twitter accounts, Facebook pages and newspaper articles cheering on college teams through cleavage.”
If I read one more story where someone breaks down the “history of the selfie…” WE KNOW ABOUT VAN GOGH, OK? AND WE KNOW REAL LIFE IS HARD.
-Tas

I went to visit Jen in London a few weeks ago, and we staged the Ultimate Selfie.

These days, even more than the obsession millennials have with the selfie, is the obsession writers have about millennials and the selfie — together and separate.

Here’s a small roundup of bullshit/intriguing articles I’ve (for some reason?) seen in the past few weeks about millennials, selfies and why we are all unemployed/lazy/narcissistic/carefree/irresponsible/poor/validation-seeking/manic.

  • TheFederalist: Millennials Unrooted: But For How Long?
    "Consider the mantras that they were bombarded with throughout their youth. Stay in school. Believe in yourself. Have safe sex, which of course meant sex without STDs, but also sex without babies. The emphasis for today’s new adults has always been on self-perfection."


If I read one more story where someone breaks down the “history of the selfie…” WE KNOW ABOUT VAN GOGH, OK? AND WE KNOW REAL LIFE IS HARD.

-Tas

via Buzzfeed
Maybe our palettes have expanded beyond pizza and ramen after leaving college, but that hasn’t made us any lazier about pgl cooking. 
As much as I loathe Buzzfeed, they’ve got some handy lists. And I’ve linked above the handiest of handy.
Almost as handy (but not as tasty)? 
This one: 34 Insanely Simple Two-Ingredient Recipes
Today I opened the fridge and realized I had three items.
Fresh yogurt, an expired (empty) container of yogurt and another expired container of yogurt.
When people asked me why I was moving back to Turkey my answer was almost always: “Cheap yogurt.”
Not kidding.
I asked my fellow pgl ladies what is the main ingredient of their daily lives —
Jen: pasta Malia: Annie’s mac n’ cheese CKB: Lean Cuisines (and vitamin supplements, good girl!)
 -Tas (yogurt)

via Buzzfeed

Maybe our palettes have expanded beyond pizza and ramen after leaving college, but that hasn’t made us any lazier about pgl cooking.

As much as I loathe Buzzfeed, they’ve got some handy lists. And I’ve linked above the handiest of handy.

Almost as handy (but not as tasty)?

This one: 34 Insanely Simple Two-Ingredient Recipes

Today I opened the fridge and realized I had three items.

Fresh yogurt, an expired (empty) container of yogurt and another expired container of yogurt.

When people asked me why I was moving back to Turkey my answer was almost always: “Cheap yogurt.”

Not kidding.

I asked my fellow pgl ladies what is the main ingredient of their daily lives —

Jen: pasta
Malia:
Annie’s mac n’ cheese
CKB:
Lean Cuisines (and vitamin supplements, good girl!)

 -Tas (yogurt)

Moving back in with your parents can be hilarious, painful and really useful

A friend posted this on his FB this morning. Think it might apply to some of our followers and friends! Take a glance. Even across the ocean, pgl’ers are all going through the same things.

- Jen

unopostgrad14 asked: Hi! I am new to tumblr and not sure how this goes, but I am about to graduate and am writing a postgrad blog. I am trying to get more follows. Your blog is awesome!! Have a great day :)

Awesome! We wish you good luck. You have our follow!

-pgl

Anonymous asked: Hi I was wondering if Tas could explain the Fulbright application experience. What do they look for in a candidate?

Hi!
Sorry for the (much?) delayed response. Here’s the lowdown:

There are two main types of Fulbright programs. The teaching program and the research program. The research program application is much more intense and involves a lot of pre-planning, a lot of dedication and a lot of research (obvi) on a really really good topic. You have to create contacts at a university in the country you want to be in and you have to have a well thought-out, fresh research proposal. The average applicant spends at least 9 months to one year preparing their application. Beyond that, I don’t know too much about the research application. My good friend Missy is a Fulbright Research Grantee, maybe consider sending her an ask over at her tumblr (which you should all check out anyway, she’s a painter and her work is beautiful).

As far as the teaching program application goes, though it’s less intense and has fewer requirements, it’s still a bit of a lengthy application process. I put my application together in one month, but my advisor was really skeptical about it until she saw how committed I was. You have to have a really solid statement of purpose and personal essay. Personally, I think these are what helped my application stand out. There were tons of people in my program who were much more experienced and well-rounded than me, but also the teachers in my program had incredibly varied profiles. Most had no teaching experience. As cliche as this is, I think the most important thing is to show your commitment to cross-cultural communication and really make sure your passion for the exchange of knowledge in whichever country you’re applying to really, really shines through. Really. Go to the scholarship office at your university/a university wherever you are living. They most likely have other grantees’ applications on file. Study them and see what strengths they have that apply to you. Get on the good side of the office’s scholarship advisor. S/he can be a big help, and often they are part of the judging process. Show you are open-minded, flexible, passionate. If you are a minority, talk about what kind of role this will play in you “representing the US” in a foreign country. If you are white, talk about the same thing, but stay far from anything white savior complex-y. Use your past experiences to describe your feelings and passions instead of just saying “I am passionate about xx.”

The most important thing is to show you have some kind of connection with the culture of the place you are trying to go. Join a conversation club or student group. In your interview, they will ask you what you are currently doing to get a grasp of that specific culture, not just what your plans are if you get the grant. Be specific about what fascinates you. Make them think that even if you don’t get the grant, you are going to do this project/live in this country.

Also, good grades, strong leadership in some extracurriculars and STELLAR recommendations are a given.

Good luck!
Tas

Hello dear followers,

It’s been a long time since you and I last spoke. That is, it’s been a long time since I’ve made myself sit down and write something.

I have a lot of excuses and reasons and apologies. But I’ll skip all that and confess something to all of you.

Take heart, the postgradlife can be good.

That feeling that you don’t know where you’re going, that you’re making the wrong choices, that you’re not working hard enough, that you’re not making enough money, that you’re not any wiser or more responsible or more experienced, or more put together, or healthier, or more in control, those feelings don’t go away.
Existential-crisis Wednesdays are still a thing.
You still waste endless hours on Facebook, comparing your life to others who seem more successful, happier, prettier, more put together, more in love, more #blessed.

And other people do the same, looking at your Facebook photos, reading your tumblr posts (if you update, that is), scrolling through your Instagram feed, rolling their eyes at your painstakingly composed tweets, listening to your overly bright stories as you catch up over brunch.

But suddenly, the weekend is an even more magical thing. Maybe you have the kind of job that lets you walk out of the office and leave work totally behind. Maybe you live next to a street teeming with breakfast cafes. Maybe you’re in a new city, with hidden secrets waiting for you to explore. Maybe you’re in your hometown, learning that your parents can be your best friends. Maybe your bffls live next door instead of oceans away. Maybe you’re more confident, or more financially stable, surrounded by people who love you, more self-sufficient, less functionally fixed, or not as anxious, sexier, able to wake up at a decent hour. Maybe you have a better wardrobe. Or maybe you are finally comfortable. Comfortable staying in. Comfortable in your job. Comfortable in your relationship. Comfortable going to a coffee shop and chatting with the barista instead of keeping your headphones in and avoiding eye contact.

Comfortable with the fact that maybe you’re not actually comfortable and don’t know that you’ll ever be.  Comfortable with the knowledge that you’ll always want more, because, well, that’s not postgradlife, that’s life. But comfortable enough to smile at what you have now.

I’ve still got my smile, y’all!

Looking forward to posting more. Keep me on task, friends :)

-Tas

 

I dropped a lot of money on candles today. I’m basically a grown-up.

-Malia

P.S. Also, after about a year of working freelance at Comedy Central, today was my first day as a full-time, staffed member of the team. Which means — benefits. The only kind of benefits a girl really needs (wink face). Also, the @ColbertReport Twitter account hit one million followers this evening. It’s been a rewarding 24 hours.

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