postgradlife

4 ex-students dealing with the real world

You know you’ve hit a low when…

Your landlord tells you that last time he saw you, you were smaller. Now, you’ve ‘gotten bigger’. 

He follows this by saying that it’s okay, because you’re still young enough to bounce back. 

Great. Thanks. 

- Jen

Food For Thought

So, I’m very short on money at the moment (or always?). We’re going to see if I can live off of about $30 worth of groceries for the next two weeks. Wish me luck! I’ll keep a record of my eating habits during these turbulent times and report back if it can be done.

- Jen

geardrops:

aintgotnoladytronblues:

masswisteria:

writingfail:

typette:

yo can I drop some advice all you kids trying to get entry level jobs need to learn? I learned it the hard way and now I shall impart that to you.

when you see this shit, that goes “you need like 10 years experience and all this other qualifications nobody with all that would ever apply for a job like this with”, that means one thing: they are weeding out people who don’t believe they can achieve that level. They go “sigh, I can’t even compete, fuck it.” and don’t apply, saving the company the trouble.

What you, as a fresh new student, need to do- is apply anyway with a Luffy-like optimism that you will get that fucking job!! You don’t have a million years experience BUT YOU’LL TRY AND NEVER GIVE UP ETC. You write an opener letter with that in it, submit your shit, and get that goddamn job because they just found somebody who’s willing to give it a try anyway, who has the confidence and the ability to play with the big boys and they will train you to become a master because fresh meat is vital to the industry. 

tldr: APPLY ANYWAY, YOUNG GRASSHOPPER

i really wish i’d read this three months ago

to those who are still looking for their first job: it wouldn’t hurt to try. the worst thing that can happen is that you get a “no”

So, really interesting statistic that just came up in hiring diversity training at work: women will typically only apply to a position if they feel they meet 100% of the requirements.  Men will typically apply if they feel they meet just 60%.

And guess what?  They still get hired, because a lot of job descriptions are total garbage.  These aren’t crafted masterpieces handed down from the divine goddess of Human Resources.  These are things that were thrown together at the last minute 3 years ago by some manager with too many more important things to do, and they’ve been used untouched ever since.

Think about this, and think about those numbers, ladies.  Think long and hard about this statistic next time you are looking at a job description and telling yourself that you can’t cut it.  You probably can, and applying is free.

(P.S.: I’m happy to give resume advice to people - especially new college grads in the tech industry.  That’s the field I know and do interviews in; I’m not sure if my advice would be as applicable elsewhere.)

emphasis miiiiiiiine. think about where that particular mentality came from & who’s gonna benefit from that and adjust your perceptions about “competence” in any field accordingly.

I need to remember this so I apply to more jobs >.> I really do only apply when I feel I meet 100% of the criteria.

Reblogged for the commentary. NEED TI KNOW.

(Source: bearvstheworld, via thatfunnygirllauren)

Jen sent (snapped? God, I’m old) this to our friend Monica.
This could apply to all of postgrad life.
-Malia

Jen sent (snapped? God, I’m old) this to our friend Monica.

This could apply to all of postgrad life.

-Malia

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.