Life & Work Skills

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome As A Millennial

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome As A Millennial

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  “What am I doing here? How did I get here? I do not belong here, these people are way too smart.” These thoughts crossed my mind shortly after I started my first job after college. I realized that I was the youngest and also the first international student and African female to work as a scientist in one of the best forensic toxicology laboratories in the world. Studies show that 70% of millennials fail to internalize their success, often attributing their accomplishments to luck rather than ability. Perhaps it is because our parents always compared us to our neighbors down the street, our friends or maybe some of professors never believed in our dreams. This problem is compounded by our use of social media, which makes it seem like everyone is doing pretty amazing things and you are not OR you feel like you’ve failed at too many things.  With many…

4 Mistakes You’re Making In Your Job Search

4 Mistakes You’re Making In Your Job Search

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For most students graduating in the summer, the winter is prime recruiting season. While undergoing the job search be careful to avoid making these mistakes: Not networking enough: Mistake: You do everything BUT network while looking for a job. You apply to as many job posts as you can each day and also cold call and cold email recruiters but you do absolutely no in person networking. Do this instead: Networking should be your main focus during your job application. If you’re only sitting in your dorm room and applying to 10 jobs every day and not meeting or reaching out to any recruiters then I have bad news for you, it will take you much longer to get a job. Instead of spending all your time responding to want ads – divide your job search time between applying to jobs and also reaching out to your network and also…

7 Steps To Accomplish Your 2017 Money Goals

7 Steps To Accomplish Your 2017 Money Goals

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Whatever life you want to lead will cost you! The only way to lead the life you want is to save more or increase your earnings. This 7 step checklist will show you a few simple steps you can take to accomplish your money goals for 2017! Be On Top Of Your Money Where Does Your Money Go? In order to live the life you want and take control of your finances you must first figure out where all your money goes! The easiest way to do this is to get an app like Mint which shows you a weekly summary outlining all that you’ve spent money on. An old-fashioned but effective way to do this is to scan your bank statements each month or week this would show you all the places/ things you have spent your money on. Doing this quick exercise will show you the areas where…

My 3 Favorite Books of 2016 And How I Applied What I Learnt To My Life

My 3 Favorite Books of 2016 And How I Applied What I Learnt To My Life

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  I picked up the habit of reading when I was 20, not because I particularly enjoy reading (I don’t – I’m very slow at it, I have a very short attention span, and it gets kinda boring); but because I know the amazing benefits of reading. Over the years I’ve noticed that my relationship with books/ reading takes 3 forms: A : “What is a book?”  – Where I go months without picking up a book to read. B: I read but I can never remember what I read and I cannot find ways to apply what I learn to my life. C: I read and retain what I learn and apply this to my life. I read 11 books this year, and listened to 20 or more audio books (blame it on my long commute). So, for the few times when I actually remember what I read and applied…

INVEST IN YOURSELF YOU WILL GET THE GREATEST RETURNS

INVEST IN YOURSELF YOU WILL GET THE GREATEST RETURNS

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    Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do for yourself, not just for the future returns but also because of the current payoffs. Investing in yourself can take several forms but at its core it serves to increase your human capital. Wikipedia defines human capital as: “The stock of knowledge, habits, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value” In life, I’ve realized that a lot of us simply do not spend the time or money needed to invest in ourselves (the only one guaranteed investment in life) instead we give money to others by investing in the stock market, the latest gadgets, the newest cars, better homes, and so on – items that depreciate, or have wildly volatile returns. And all of this is fine and great, but imagine what could happen if we…