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Perhaps commuting wasn’t so bad after all

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Photo: Ketut Subiyanto/Pexels

Your train is running behind schedule, and you’re going to be late for work for the second time this week. Worse, you got drenched on the walk to the station, and you can already smell the damp from your shoes. You look inside your sodden bag and realize you forgot your lunch. It’s only early morning, and you already wish the day was over. To make matters worse, you’ll have to repeat this ritual in around 9 hours, stuck shoulder to shoulder with other disgruntled passengers all just desperate to get home.

So when the world of work went remote, I, like many others, rejoiced at the prospect of regaining the time I typically spent commuting. I couldn’t stop telling people about this quarantine-benefit in my search for silver linings in the earlier days of lockdown. “I’ve got an extra 3 hours a day back, think of what I can do with it!” …


Brands have stopped ‘disemvoweling’ themselves

Conceptual image of colourful falling letters, casting shadows on a white wall.
Conceptual image of colourful falling letters, casting shadows on a white wall.
Photo: Catherine Falls Commercial/Moment/Getty Images

From creating new words like “Kodak,” forcing words together like “Facebook,” or intentionally misspelling phrases like “Krispy Kreme,” companies have a long history of picking phonetically fabricated — and occasionally nonsensical — brand names. For the past two decades, one particularly popular business trend was for companies to drop vowels from their names; if you glanced at a list of tech firms circa the early 2000s, you might be forgiven for assuming the humble vowel was going extinct. Flickr, Grindr, and Tumblr all launched within a few years of each other, each one seemingly forgetting to bring the letter “e” along with them. …


This weeks Post-Grad picks

Hey post-grads, pre-grads, and everyone in between.

Thanks as always for some great submissions. We’ve added a link to our ‘Write for Us’ guide at the top of our page now to help you keep updated with our submission guidelines.

We’ve also been continuing to build our external site, which you can visit here, and filling that with even more must-read content.

This Weeks Post-Grad Picks

Fab Giovanetti signed up to be our Productivity Guinea Pig, to experiment with productivity trends and fads. This week, she shares something a little different, that asks a big question; is it best to create routines, or rituals?

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“While routines can be actions that need to be done — such as making your bed or taking a shower — rituals are viewed as more meaningful practices with a real sense of purpose.”


This week’s Post-Grad picks

Hey post-grads, pre-grads, and everyone in between.

Thanks as always for some great submissions. We’ve added a link to our ‘Write for Us’ guide at the top of our page now to help you keep updated with our submission guidelines.

We’ve also been continuing to build our external site, which you can visit here, and filling that with even more must-read content.

This Weeks Post-Grad Picks

We love this entry from Sinem Günel, who documents her journey to building a 6-figure business in her 20s, and tells you everything that nobody tells you about entrepreneurship.

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“But whenever I tell my story, a huge part is missing because most people only see the tip of the iceberg. They see my current numbers, the current reality, and the freedom I experience right now.”


Think twice before you buy someone an internet-connected gift

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Photo: Ben Kolde/Unsplash

The wrapping paper flies into the air, twisting and turning as it falls back to the ground. One after another, perfectly parceled presents are ripped open in seconds. Excitement explodes as each gift is revealed.

Finally, the item you (or Santa) stashed under the tree is pulled out to join the frenzy. As your present is revealed, you explain what it is to the overjoyed recipient.

“This year, I bought you a device that can play music via voice control. Pretty cool, right? It may also spy on you and listen to your conversations without your permission.”

The mood somewhat darkens. It doesn’t seem very Christmassy anymore. Maybe this should be one of those gifts that’s best left in its box and tucked away in the cupboard under the stairs for all eternity. …


Hey post-grads, pre-grads, and everyone in between.

Thanks as always for some great submissions. We noticed with the new layout, we lost our ‘write for us’ page, so we’re linking it here incase anyone wants to reference it (we’re trying to add it to our ‘About’ page asap).

We’ve also been continuing to build our external site, which you can visit here, and filling that with even more must-read content.

This Weeks Post-Grad Picks

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Many people look down on jobs they see as ‘beneath them’ or are too cynical, lazy, or ungrateful to realize that no matter where you’re employed, you can use your current experience to guide your future. …


Millennials are the impatient generation, but it’s time we slowed down

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According to recent reports, over 90% of millennials want ‘rapid career progression.’ They also want the same benefits other generations enjoyed — opportunities for growth, job stability and a competitive salary — but the speed at which they want them is much faster.

It seems that we millennials want all the things, and we want them now. But in reality, it doesn’t always turn out like this.

My career trajectory (read: various attempts to avoid a career entirely) plays out very differently.

I ditched the rapid progress for the slow build.

And I’m glad I did.

The Long(est) Game

Everything I’ve embarked on in my working life has taken years of work to get off the ground. …


Hey post-grads, pre-grads, and everyone in between.

Thanks as always for some great submissions. We noticed with the new layout, we lost our ‘write for us’ page, so we’re linking it here incase anyone wants to reference it (we’re trying to add it to our ‘About’ page asap).

We’ve also been continuing to build our external site, which you can visit here, and filling that with even more must-read content.

This Weeks Post-Grad Picks

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A lot of us talk about “changing our lives,” but find that it’s harder to pull off in reality. …


Our favourite stories from the past week

Hey post-grads, pre-grads, and everyone in between.

We recently launched a new call for submissions‘Working in a Pandemic.’ We’re going to close this at the end of the month, so if you have a suitable pitch, send it across!

We’ve also been continuing to build our external site, which you can visit here, and filling that with even more must-read content.

This Weeks Post-Grad Picks

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First up is a story by columnist Todd Brison, in which he shares an open letter to his former employers who recently let him go.

“I will accept the challenges that come with entrepreneurship. I will stare down the monster of uncertainty. There are millions of reasons I’m making this choice. Here’s an embarrassing but honest one — I want you to regret losing me.”

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