Posts Tagged ‘graduating’

Relocating Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Friday, November 14th, 2008
Cardboard Box In a recent study, 85% of students surveys said they were interested in relocating after college—and today's economic climate may force more to move in order to find work. When I moved to Chicago in July of 2007, I knew next to no one. I only wish that I'd had (or known about) some of the great resources for connecting with other young people at the time. Sure, there are plenty of ways to do it on your own, but thanks to the wonderful power of the Internet, new resources are making it easier than ever. In fact, you could even start seeking out and connecting with others via Twitter before you move—try searching Twellow by location and interest (thanks to Jessica for that one). Here are a few of the resources I've been introduced to in the Chicago area (I realize the first two skew a bit female...I happen to be one myself, which has swayed my interests slightly). If you're not living in or planning to move to Chicago, I hope you'll take some time to check out similar resources in your own city.
  • Monthly Meet-ups for young women: After the success of the "It's Chic to Be Geek" event on November 6, this groups is gearing up to meet every month to connect, teach and inspire young women in Chicago.
  • Cheeky Chicago: I met the founders of Cheeky Chicago last week—they just launched, and they're aiming to give females a resource to get to know the city and connect with each other. Sign up for the newsletter to find out about future events.
  • Windy City Social: I met Hope Bertram, founder of Windy City Social, at the "It's Chic to Be Geek" event. She's connecting people on four levels: social, professional, intellectual and physical. Check out the site for upcoming events.
  • Jelly: If you plan to work for yourself, Jelly is a group of freelancers who gather together in one location a few times a week—these groups popping up all over the world.
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You’re Graduating, Now What? Perspectives From Four Recent Grads

Friday, May 2nd, 2008
[display_podcast] After our first year working for various PR agencies in Chicago, Kevin Saghy, Bryan Blaise, Joseph Tateoka and I sat down to reflect on the transition from college to agency life. Some of the common questions we covered include:
  • Should you take time off between college and your career?
  • Is there room for negotiation when you start your first job in PR?
  • How do you adjust to agency life, especially tracking all of your time?
If you have any questions or topics you'd like us to cover in our future conversations, feel free to write in or leave a message on the call-in line at 206-350-4929. I'll note that these are all personal opinions from everyone involved, and no one is directly representing their respective agencies during this conversation.