All posts tagged: career advice

How to be a Productive Millennial

Originally posted on brave turquoise:
Entire seasons of TV shows being available on Netflix make it easier than ever to waste an entire Saturday. Checking e-mail and watching all of your friends’ Snapchat posts provide hours of entertainment. Boozy brunches and day parties can instantly ruin an entire weekend that was supposed to be dedicated to productivity. So how can you be a productive 20- to 30-something in today’s world? I am the queen of doing-too-much but I get THE most done throughout the week. At school I am president of the Black Graduate Student Association, planned a 50-person weekend ski trip this year, am involved in the Toastmasters public speaking group, travel to conferences for fun and for school, travel to visit family, and develop and teach coding camps to high school girls all while be productive on school work. My secret? Being organized. Google Calendar is my BFF. SHORT TERM: At the beginning of each day, I write on a sticky note (or sometimes am lazy/can’t find one and write in Notepad) the…

How to Know The Ins and Outs of Your Employer

Originally posted on Sex and Living with Your Parents:
I think one of the best things people can do for themselves is to know everything there is to know about their employers and profession. With crushing, overwhelming student loans and no job security, Millennials must push forward in an era where it is all too common for the big employer to take advantage of the little man. Some people might feel uncomfortable with conversations like this. I get that. The simple act of doubting the employer is considered an act of defiance. George Carlin admonished governments when he said, “Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking,” and I say employers don’t want that either. Notwithstanding, it’s not all on the employer. True enough, even the most undeserving, reprehensible employer is made that much stronger by its loyal, passive, ignorant employees that either don’t or can’t seem to believe they work for a company that isn’t about good work, it’s about getting worked. I wish people my age talked about this…

How Working to Prove Your Worth Keeps You from Succeeding

Originally posted on JalaynaCarter.com:
This is a post inspired by Brene Brown’s appearance on an Oprah Soul Sunday. In the video below, Brene talks about “the Hustler” AKA her ego. She speaks about how “the Hustler” tells you ‘you don’t have any inherent worth, you have to hustle for it’. It encourages you to do as much as possible to build up a track record as proof that you deserve some recognition. Running yourself ragged to prove something so basic as the fact that you do, in fact, add something of value to the world can end up holding you back from what you’re actually supposed to be focusing on. When you’re passionate about something, or eager to start working on something new, your worth comes out through that. In today’s job market, we all are striving to climb over each other and prove our uniqueness. Everyone wants to stand out and I know that I, myself, can end up in some crippling and/or exhausting situations because of it. I run myself into the ground…

jReshea & and the Bermuda Triangle: Being authentic in your work

Originally posted on JalaynaCarter.com:
This post was inspired by VidCon’s 2015 conference, specifically a panel on race & representation on Youtube. For some of the vloggers, their race and culture is as inherent to their “work” as their personalities are. For others, it’s a little hazier than that. There’s no question though that race has played some part in the content these creatives put out, whether it’s putting out content that defies what people expect of them or breaking or using their platform to advocate around the issues they feel are important. Here’s the video for it. The video got me thinking about how hard it is for me to break out of the thinking that I can or should only write about certain topics and that I should stay away from others. I have so many interests, beliefs, opinions, ect. On the one hand, I want to plaster my linkedIn profile with the fact that I babysit and volunteer at an animal shelter but it’s not like my future employers would care too much…