Not all the best job opportunities are advertised

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Back in February 2019 I had just quit my dream graduate job after months of being underpaid and overworked. I had simply had enough.

I moved back in with my parents and was in a bit of a rough spot. Despite having graduated from university with flying colours, I struggled even to get temporary retail jobs. The number of people applying was too high and the number of positions too low.

After weeks of rejections, no replies, and feeling pretty helpless, I decided I needed to take a different approach to get the opportunities I wanted.

A small fish in a very big ocean.

I’d found that applying…


TRAVEL TIPS

Travelling the world through the medium of rugby

Playing beach rugby in Lithuania in January (second from left)… Photo credit to Lithuanian Rugby

Since I fell in love with the idea of travel as a young adult, I’ve always been looking for excuses to get away.

One of these excuses over the years has been my one true love in life — the sport of rugby union.

As I wrote about my first taste of freedom after my first year at university, Sh*t Happens - Lost Girl Travel wrote a comment about she loved that I used my initiative to reach out to fellow rugby enthusiasts while on my first solo trip.

It got me thinking about all the other times I’ve used…


Elon Musk suspends payments using the cryptocurrency.

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I woke up this morning to the news that Elon Musk had announced that Tesla will not be accepting Bitcoin for Tesla cars due to “environmental concerns.”

The market, as predicted, panicked and is in the midst of another huge sell-off. Bitcoin miners are down. Bitcoin is down. Ethereum is down. Many cryptocurrencies are down.

Is this really the end of Bitcoin?

No, it’s not.

Elon Musk is a smart guy; we all know that. Why, all of a sudden, is he now concerned about the impact of Bitcoin mining on the environment?

The truth is it’s likely he’s not.

According to Coinshares, who conducted research into…


#3 — A short temper

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According to Kuroda and Yamamoto (2018), who investigated the effect that supervisors have on their employees, bad bosses increased the likelihood of an employee quitting. Additionally, bad bosses can impact mental health, productivity, and presenteeism (when an employee is not fully healthy but still present at work).

I’m sure you didn’t need a study to tell you that. We’ve all had bad bosses at some point in our careers, and if we haven’t, then it’s likely you’ll come across one at some point.

Sometimes the signs aren’t so obvious to see, at least initially. Bad bosses aren’t always bad people…


It’s not much, but I hope it helps.

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I’ve recently decided that I will now be donating my earnings from Medium to charity. I’ll also be backdating my earnings from my first payment in February (2021) to charity.

Why?

I am doing this for two reasons:

  1. I want to make more of a conscious effort every month to support local and national charities here in the UK, who are the forgotten victims of the pandemic. Many charities rely on the efforts of volunteers in the delivery of face-to-face programmes, which have been impossible to deliver over the past year due to lockdown restrictions. …


AINYF SHORTS

It’s why I no longer believe in “drinking in moderation”

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It starts off innocently. One minute we’re having a sip of beer and life is good, rinse and repeat for a few years.

Three years on — life is ok. You still sip on your beer, chewing the fat with your drinking buddies. You think there’s nothing wrong.

But the reality is this — you’ve gained 20kg, you’re unfit, you’re skin is oily, and you look ten years older than you are.

Well, that’s what happened to me at least.

Drinking in moderation

I no longer believe in the idea of moderate drinking. I’m a sober absolutist, for want of a better term…


Here’s 3 reasons when you should, too.

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In exactly four weeks time, I’ll have no job and no income until October at the earliest.

Most people would shiver at the thought of going without income for such an extended time. Perhaps this is not surprising, given that 33% of people are one paycheque from losing their home in the UK (source).

I’ve done nothing but play it safe for the last year — I’ve set up an emergency fund, paid off my debts, and invested the rest.

But life isn’t about playing it safe. If it was, I’d work for a measly £9.50/hour retail wage for the…


TRAVEL WRITING PROMPT

I was babied through my first solo-travel experience, and it changed me forever

Me on the steps of the Vingis Park Stadium, Lithuania. Photo credit to my sister.

Back in the summer of 2016, what feels like millennia ago now, I had just finished my first year at university.

At the time, my parents and sister were living in New Zealand. The plan was we would meet in Lithuania (my country of birth and home to the maternal side of my family) in July before going back to New Zealand, where I would then fly back to the UK to continue into my second year at university.

However, while my academic year had finished in early May, my sister’s winter break (the seasons are reversed in the southern…


A more traditional approach to retirement

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The “Financial Independence, Retire Early” (FIRE) movement has popularised the notion of retiring in your 30s and 40s, sometimes earlier. Why would anyone want to do this? The traditional approach is far better! After all, it’s an approach that has been used for decades and centuries, why should we change now?

Here are five steps to ensure that you too can retire in your late 60s, just like everyone else.

Work a corporate job

Work forty hours a week, ideally more, for a corporation. Do that for approximately 40 years and you’ll be nearly ready. Make sure it’s a job with no real chance…


OPEN LETTERS

Attack the life you want to lead.

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Dear Graduates,

I’m a recent graduate too, having graduated last year. Like me, you’ll be graduating into a fragile job market and a pandemic. Times are strange.

A few years back I came across a video that changed my perspective on graduation completely.

Before the video, I was nervous about graduating university. It was the end of my academic life, the life I had known for the previous 15 or 16 years. The concept of getting a job and having responsibilities scared me hugely.

It seemed as if I had been in the shallow end of a pool with arm…

Benny Lynch

Like many 24 year olds, just trying to find my place in the world. Travel, sports, finance - not necessarily in that order.

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