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A Millennial’s Take on the Great Recession

Abandoned house

My grandmother was born in 1932, right in the middle of the Great Depression.

Her father died when she was four or five years old, leaving a young and vulnerable family with no resources. My grandmother, along with her siblings were sent to live with relatives and neighbors. The only memories my grandmother has shared regarding this particularly challenging time in her early life are a few anecdotes regarding working on the host farms in which she lived.

As our country surged through World War II and the economy began to recover, my grandmother’s life improved considerably. She became a beautician, opened her own beauty salon, traveled to NYC and Hawaii, and eventually, married a  veterinarian. All the material comforts and basics securities she missed out on as a Depression era baby, she realized through the remaining 70 years of her adult life.

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Millennials/ Money Matters

6 Biggest Financial Mistakes Millennials Make

Guest Post: Riya Sander

Many individuals who are in Generation Y are now in their 30’s or are approaching this time in their lives. For many people in this age group, the tumultuous years of early adulthood have passed, and individuals are now starting to settle down, raise a family and focus on their careers.

While many are becoming more serious about life in general by the age, others have very little understanding of important financial planning concepts necessary to secure a stable future.

If you are included in this group, you may want to learn more about this so that you can improve your financial planning efforts.

Let’s look at some of the common financial mistakes individuals in this generation make!

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Career Advice/ Millennials/ Networking/ Technology

5 LinkedIn Profile Tips for Millennials

With over 470 million users, LinkedIn has emerged as the digital hub for professionals across the globe.

Replacing the old school resume with a nifty customizable profile url, and outdating the rolodex in favor of Connections, LinkedIn is where today’s business professionals connect.

A 2014 Jobvite survey indicated that 94 percent of recruiters search for job candidates via LinkedIn, while only 36 percentof job seekers have a LinkedIn presence.

For entrepreneurs, the impact of maintaining a standout LinkedIn profile can extremely influential, as prospective clients and investors often vet companies and founders through social platforms.

LinkedIn offers the ideal platform features to showcase one’s professional expertise and network influence in ways other social apps are lacking. ​ Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Millennials/ Networking

5 Mentor Matching Sites for Millennials

Cultivating supportive mentoring relationships has been a total game changer for my career.

Benefiting from my mentor’s insightful input into all my major professional decisions – both employed and entrepreneurial – has provided much needed encouragement and guidance as I navigate my professional journey.

Finding an experienced mentor that’s a good match can present quite the challenge, especially if you’re a young professional just now building your own network.

Good news: there’s several mentor-matching websites available to millennial professionals for FREE!

If you’re currently seeking a mentor to help guide you along your entrepreneurial career, consider these five mentor matching sites: Continue Reading…

Millennial Spotlights/ Millennials/ Money Matters

Millennial Spotlight: Jen Hayes

I’m Jen.  By day, I am an HR professional and by night, I am a frugal lifestyle blogger and freelance writer.

​I am passionate about helping fellow millennials to make smarter financial choices.  After I finished grad school in 2013, I found myself underemployed and buried in $75,000 of student loan debt.

A friend recommended Dave Ramsey’s book The Total Money Makeover and I was hooked.  My husband and I are now hustling to pay off our combined $117,000 of student loans in just three years.  I write about getting out of debt, living frugally, and earning extra income on my blog Frugal Millennial. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Millennials/ Networking/ Technology

30 Must Follow Millennials on Twitter

It was love at first sight – Twitter and me.

From the first day that I landed my handle, @MotivatedGenY, Twitter has been a major influence in both my personal and professional lives.

Empowering me to connect with millennials across the globe, I can’t even begin to count the number of times I “met” someone on Twitter and our digital interactions led to significant working relationships. Taking the conversation offline to conferences, panel discussions, and skype collabs are just a few examples of how a few tweets can springboard strategic connections.

Whether I’m tweeting to connect, promote, or research, Twitter has emerged as my favorite go-to social platform (minus a few weeks there when America’s “Tweeter-in-Chief” attempted to initiate World War 3 in 140 characters or less).  Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Gender Equality/ Millennials/ Workplace

The Leadership Gap: Millennial Women in the Workplace

I didn’t grow up amidst a women’s lib culture.

In fact, I had never even met a true “professional” woman until I was in my early twenties (welcome to the bible beating Deep South).

The closest thing I’d gotten to gender equality principles was watching The Oprah Winfrey Show on my grandmother’s 1970’s circa television set, complete with tin foil attached to rabbit ear antennae ends. I remember watching this now-famous fellow Mississippian and thinking, “If she can get out of this hell hole and be successful, maybe I can too.”

After years of dealing with the dark side of an overtly chauvinist and oppressive culture – domestic violence, gender-based discrimination, and sexual assault – I did indeed get “the hell out”.  Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Freelancing/ Millennials

4 Reasons Millennials Love Freelancing

Guest Contributor: Philip Piletic

Freelancers have become the fastest-growing segment of the working population. In fact, it’s estimated that by the year 2020, they could represent up to 40% of the workforce.

Currently, over 53 million Americans, or 34% of the U.S. workforce, engages in some kind of freelance work. In Australia, according to a 2015 survey, an estimated 4.1 million workers were freelancing, and that number has continued to increase.

A recent article in The Guardian reported that a full third of all millennials are choosing to participate in some type of freelance work.

​While millennials aren’t the only group embracing the newest form of entrepreneurialism, there are a number of reasons millennials are embracing it so enthusiastically. Continue Reading…