postgradlife

4 ex-students dealing with the real world

If you get a real tattoo I’m gonna punch your nose so no one will look at it. They’ll be looking at your red nose only.

—Malia’s mother

Today is my one-year anniversary of working at Comedy Central. As luck would have it, it’s also Earth Day, so today’s activity was a perfect combination of the two events. Some of my co-workers and I went to the re-opening of the World’s Fair Pavilion in Queens. We didn’t actually go in because the line was astronomically long, but we DID take a lot of pictures pretending to hold the giant globe (Earth, get it? Earth Day!) and enjoying the spring weather.

Because, after one effing long, mean winter, FINALLY. It’s not quite shorts weather, but we’re getting there. I can’t complain. I’m keeping a tally of the beautiful days I waste by sitting around inside (not counting work, just if I don’t go outside because I’m lazy and it’s obviously gorgeous) because after that winter, I can’t be ungrateful for any sunny skies the weather gods throw my way.

It’s been a roller coaster year (two years, really). I’m very lucky to work with so many funny, relaxed people. I don’t know what the next year holds, but as a friend pointed out, regardless of where my career path takes me, this journey has been anything but dull. 

-Malia

P.S. Shameless plug, but I started a new blog, gin + platonic. If you like awkward stories, follow away. I’m sure I’ve plugged this on here before…

Anonymous asked: I had about given up on y'all! I'm glad you're back. As a (fairly) new PGLer, it's encouraging to see that life is like this for most everyone in this phase. Please keep up your blog, it's so fun to follow ALL of your adventures!

Thanks for following! We’re sorry we’re so in and out, but this is encouraging to read.

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