Monday, January 28, 2013

To Move or Not To Move...Decisions..Decisions?!?

Hey Guys!
Soo I'm sure a lot of you moved home after college figuring it would only be for a few months right?  I totally thought the same thing....and it turned out to be a little bit longer than planned...but looking back it was definitly a neccessity and smart move.  The good news:  I was really able to focus on my career search, work off the extra pounds added on in college, develop a healthy meal plan, get together with family and friends, travel & save money!  If I were to have rented an apartment instead, I would have more than likely been struggling financially and been too stressed to really get myself organized.  If you're wondering how long you should stay home....the answer is different for everyone.  I am happy to say that I just moved back out on my own and am so far doing just fine!  The key determining factors for me consisted of  being financially stable, in a career related job and having my diet, fitness and hobbies scheduled with plenty of time to actively work on my career.
It's not a terrible idea to move home if you can for at least a little while to organize and adjust to post college life.  In fact, it's a pretty great idea!  I know... living at home isn't as exciting as having your own place but you can save a ton of money and really focus on what is important to you and start working towards your goals.

Here is a list to help with your adjustment & pick the perfect time to move:
  • Financial stability: rent, cell phone,car insurance, credit cards, food, gas, utilities, loans, other expenses
  • Current job location/length of employment (internship,seasonal, permanent) & income
  • Daily routine: Develop a workout schedule & meal plan that fits your schedule (helps to alleviate stress & improve health)
  • Hobbies:  Everyone needs a break and some time each week to do something you love: (take a cooking, improv, zumba or art class, sign up for a 5k, take a yoga or pilates class, set aside time to read a good book, plan a few concerts to go to with friends or hit up happy hour with your guys or girls to relax and have some much needed laughs. 
  • Furthering your Career: While it is vital to be employeed it is just as important to spend a decent amount of time on training, volunteer work and low paying gigs to further your career.  For those of you in the television field like me: I spend a large amount of my nights and weekends researching topics that I can see myself hosting or reporting on.  I write scripts, and use my Swivl (hands free camerman) (check www.swivl.com) to record short stand up pieces that I can edit together to continue to improve my on camera skills.
Once your list is made & you've weighed the pros and cons..you have one more major decision to make...which type of house/apartment is right for a 20 Something just starting off?  I would have to say the safest, smartest and cheapest bet is to sublease.  Sublets often range anywhere between 1 month to 12 months, are significantly cheaper especially if the current tenant needs to relocate immediately and if you are in an internship or seasonal position or just not completely sure if you love your current job....at least you can opt for the short term lease so you're not obligated to pay rent for a year or longer.  Sublets are also a great way at discovering cities you like and some that you aren't too crazy about.

Make a list, weigh the pros and cons & REMEMBER:  Everything will fall into place when the time is right! =0) 


<3Kat



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tis the Season: Family, Food & Seasonal Positions!

Hey Guys!
   Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break spending time with family and friends.  It's again that time of the year when the workplace and our personal lives seem to be on overload.  Take time to plan ahead and stay organized to avoid getting too stressed.  If you are in the midst of your career search this is a great time to send out applications for seasonal/temp work.  Many industries tend to hire around late fall, early winter due to an overwhelming amount of projects and events coming up.   Seasonal positions are a phenomenal way of getting your foot in the door, networking and gaining hands on experience.  While some of you may be thinking I need a full time permanent position with benefits, a seasonal position is often the best bet for your first year or two.  It allows you time to discover which position within an industry best fits your skill-set & personality.
   A seasonal position is often a paid, full time position lasting between three and six months.  While working as a temp it is important to meet as many people within your office as possible.  A face to go with your name is key!  Work hard and diligently at your assignments and if you have free time ask your supervisor if you can help anyone who may need assistance.  Working on various projects in different departments will broaden your skill-set, increase your network contacts and often present a new area of interest that you had not considered before.  I have been in three seasonal positions thus far and have learned so much from each one.  The opportunity to obtain hands on experience while aquiring new skills from top professionals is truly what makes seasonal positions perfect for recent graduates. 

*Seasonal positions are often not posted on company websites...Call or email companies you are interested in and ask for their Human Resources Department...once connected let them know you are a recent graduate, interested in a seasonal/temp position and would like to know who you can email your resume to directly.  Remember to follow up  with a short email every two to three weeks.  Seasonal positions often open unexpectedly and are filled fast.

* This Is Your Year! Think positive, work hard and enjoy 2013!

-Kat