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The Life & Adventures of a Post-grad: 1 Year Later

What happens once you graduate? You think you have a set plan, and then life happens. In the accurate words of Taylor Swift, “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time…It’s miserable and magical.” Welcome to the life of a twenty-something. Written by Juliet Rocco

100_3615A year ago, I was running around campus getting photos with friends, trying to steam the awful wrinkles out of my graduation gown, and saying goodbye and good luck to everyone.

I was lost in the moment of excitement and the incredible high that comes with achieving something great. As my name was called in front of hundreds of people and I waltzed across the stage, I realized that this milestone moment just concluded four years of my young life. I was done. I was now an official graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Before I knew it, the ceremony and celebrations were over, and I was thrust out into the real world, that place professors warned us about. I didn’t really have a plan after graduation besides moving back home and finding a job in the city.

This is when things became difficult and I learned that just because you had internship experience, a good GPA and strong references did not mean you would be rewarded with a job offer right away.

Eventually, through great networking and lots of prayers being answered, I did make it to the big city. Still, this took time. Trial and error is something I’m learning a lot about.

My friends and I have careers now, and it’s kind of strange being in this “grown-up” world from time to time. I sit on the bus each morning in my hour-long commute to New York City and think about how many great opportunities await me. There’s so much freedom now, and it’s exhilarating.

I love my job, I love the people, and I make enough to support myself. That’s something I’m proud of. My student loans take a bite out of my paycheck each month, but don’t devour it. (I’m basically paying enough back to the government so they can buy a nice car)

I’ve been in my twenties long enough now to realize it’s perfectly okay if you don’t really have any set plans, just let things fall into place. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be. Things work out (or don’t) for a reason. I can look back to where I was a year ago and be proud of how far I’ve come since then.

I often wonder what I’ll be like 10 years from now…and then quickly stop because that starts to freak me out!

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17 Signs That Show You’re a College Grad

The average 2013 college graduate can take up to six months to find a job and owes over $27,000 in student loans with a 6.8% interest rate. If you think “kids these days” have it easy, think again. These are the common rants and frustrations many of us have faced. By Juliet Rocco

1. Your school loan statements just got really real.

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2. People keep asking if you’re going back for a Master’s degree anytime soon

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3. If your bank account had feelings, it might be crying right now

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4. You call your career your “grown-up job” and you’re proud of it!

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5. You make a promise to yourself to have loans paid off before you become a grandparent

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6. People continually ask “So what do you want to do with your life?”

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7. You can still use your student ID for discounts 🙂

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8. You like to stare at your diploma and that’s perfectly alright because it took 4 years and over $150,000 to get that fancy piece of paper

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9. Living at home becomes the norm because you can’t afford anywhere else that isn’t the size of a closet or isn’t infested with roaches & rats

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10. You go on the job interview, but don’t get the job

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11. When somebody posts about their fantastic new job on Facebook and you like their status anyway…

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12. You start wondering when friends who have been dating since college or longer are going to get engaged

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13. Your school has probably already called/emailed/snail-mailed you about donating money to them (do they know how much you owe in student loans? Because of them?)

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14. The amount of work productivity is based on the amount of caffeine consumed

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15. You make more connections on LinkedIn than at parties now

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16. After a long day of work, all you want to do is have some dinner and roll into bed to catch up on DVR’d TV shows

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17. You realize that you’re currently at a crossroads in life and even though it’s kind of intimidating at times, it’s exciting to think about the new journey that lies ahead

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Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Are We Entitled or Just Too Ambitious?

There are many articles written about Generation Y that paint a much different picture from the perspective of older, more experienced generations. I wanted to write something from my point of view, a twenty-something just trying to make it out there in the big, bad world. Written by Juliet Rocco

genY“Swallow your pride and take any job.” My mom and I were having a somewhat heated discussion the other week about my impending employment situation. I’ve turned down a few opportunities because they were either not the right fit, or did not pay enough for me to support myself.

It’s tough out there, but I’m holding out a little longer than most people would because I think I deserve to do something I’m happy doing. There’s also an obvious need for the right fit between the company and myself.

Lots of articles have made my generation synonymous with “entitled”,”bratty” and “overly ambitious”, but anyone who was born decades before me must understand that we are given better job searching tools and resources that let us become more selective during this process.

To the time machine: If you were 22 years old in 1975 and had a LinkedIn profile with employers contacting you about opportunities multiple times a week, you would learn how to sort the good ones from the bad. Your smartphone would also be delivering you daily emails of job openings after creating accounts on job boards.

Choices, choices, so many choices: There have been multiple applications that I refused to fill out after researching the company online and seeing the terrible reviews from employees on Glassdoor, a very honest and raw rating site of employers.

Of course, you completely missed out on all of the negative reviews the employees posted about the work environment, salary, job satisfaction etc. All of this insider information would have been available right at your fingertips and you would have thought twice before signing that contract.

Now think about this situation: You want to move to quiet suburbia after recently getting married and are eager to start a family. One of the first things people do is look up the quality and reputation of the schools in said area. You want your children to receive a fine education, don’t you? Well, it’s the same process when it comes down to choosing a career and a starting point. Everything is a strategy as well as a gamble for us.

The decisions I make in my career now shape my future and create a launching pad to success if I choose the strongest path. Don’t let other people get in the way by clouding your thought process and stripping your confidence.

Takeaway: My generation isn’t entitled. We’re smart and we know what we want because there are enough choices and resources out there to help us begin our journey into the real world. If you talk to someone who knows what they want and how they plan on advancing in their career, realize that they are the lucky ones who know exactly what hard work and determination gets them.

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