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Career Advice/ Higher Education

3 Things New Grads Can Do Besides Get a Boring Job

The fateful day of freedom has arrived – you’ve graduated college.

Peddling your bachelor’s degree, you carefully survey the selection of traditional post-grad opportunities and you find yourself saying, “WTF?”

Don’t worry – you’re not the only new grad that’s perceived the 9-to-5 as a slow death wish. It’s not for everybody.

So what’s fresh young talent to do when traditional positions just don’t cut it?

Here are three non-traditional post-grad options for the adventurous new grad:

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Career Advice/ Freelancing

The Rise of the Millennial Freelancer

Guest Contributor: Jamie Roberts 

One-third of the workforce is classed as a millennial and they are bringing a whole new mentality with them. Money is no longer the main motivator in a job search. Flexibility has quickly become the front-runner with seven in 10 agreeing that it plays a major part in their job search thanks to an increased desire for a better work-life balance.

Currently one third of the US workforce (55 million) are freelancing, with the number expected to continue its increase, rising to one in two by 2020. It’s clear that the role provides a host of benefits, none more so than flexibility. The once popular 9-to-5 is quickly falling by the wayside, with a flexible rota allowing workers to fit their roles around their personal commitments.

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Entrepreneurship/ Freelancing

12 Best Freelance Websites for Millennials

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Freelancing is all the craze. I remember back, say five years ago, when the term “freelancer” was common code for “unemployed victim of the Recession”; however, many of today’s professionals are choosing to freelance in favor of the autonomy and freedom it provides.
 
Anyone else championing the #workfromwherever hashtag?

Today 53 million Americans (34% of the U.S. workforce) are considered contingent, temporary, diversified, or freelance employees. The freelance workforce is expected to continue to grow – reaching and estimated 40% by the year 2020.

Some cite millennials’ preference for entrepreneurship as the driving force behind the freelance movement, others recognize today’s talent pool as distrusting of “traditional” career opportunities that paved the way for the recent economic downfall. Regardless of the whys and wherefores for freelancing, it’s a BIG deal and it’s here to stay.

As a fellow freelancer, I’ve compiled a list of top sites for today’s independent contractor to find quality work with quality clients.

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Entrepreneurship

4 Reasons Millennials Make Awesome Entrepreneurs

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With over 60 percent of millennials considering themselves “entrepreneurs”,  it’s easy to see how Gen Y has become known as the “Entrepreneur Generation”. 

Millennial entrepreneurs have already launched about twice as many businesses as boomers, and at only 20 and 30 -something years old, millennials are just getting started. From Etsy shops to crowdfund campaigns, millennials are kicking ass on the entrepreneurial front. 

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