Erin Does Adulthood

Resources for growing the fuck up. And stuff.

job hunting
marketable skills/people skills
leaving the nest
millenial lyfe

"hiring entry level positions"

gypped:

requirements: 10 years experience in space station repair, masters degree in ancient serbian civilizations, unmatched knowledge of silkworm breeding, full understanding of teleportation mechanics and physics

If any of my followers have hired employees before,

how important is it to address your cover letter to the specific hiring manager of the position? Is it a make-or-break thing, or is it just considered a plus?

The Beginner’s Guide To Backpacking: How To Make Travel Your Life

backpackersguidetoearth:

When you return home after your first big excursion abroad, one of two things is going to happen. You are either going to walk through your front door, breathe a sigh of relief, and be glad to be home. Or, you are going to get home and lay awake at night wondering why the hell you even came home at all. If you can’t shake your wanderlust, there are some things you can do to make travel a regular part of your life.

Repeat The Process

Remember all that hard work and saving you did to go on that first trip? Well, keep it up! Keep travel at the top of your priority list. Keep the extra bank accounts dedicated to travel, live minimally and cheaply, and keep researching the next places you want to travel to. For the last 3 years, I have had the same cycle. Work and save for 8-9 months and then travel for 2-3 months. Saving and planning for your subsequent trips should get easier with practice.

Share Your Experiences

Start a travel blog, upload your photos to Instagram and Flickr, join travel communities online. Do whatever you can to keep that travel bug and continue talking and thinking about travel. Share you experiences with like minded people and surround yourself with travel whenever you can. A lot of the paid travel bloggers started out just as normal travellers who had a passion for sharing it. It might takes years for anything to come of it, but you never know what could happen.

Work or Volunteer

There are ways to extend your stays abroad and ways to travel more often if you are willing to do unpaid work. Organizations like WWOOF and Workaway provide travellers with longer stays abroad. Do a few hours of work a day and get food and somewhere to sleep in return? Doesn’t sound like a bad idea if it means travelling more. There are also opportunities for young people to get working holiday visas so they can get paid work in foreign countries, something I talked about here. That is a way to stay for up to a year or two abroad while working to support yourself.

In the end, if you love travel enough, you will always find a way to return to it. And if you are passionate about it, it may become easier over time. Keep getting out there, even if it is only a 3 hour drive down the highway. Maintaining your adventurous spirit is important. So surround yourself with people who encourage you and chase that dream!

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The Beginner’s Guide To Backpacking
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Part 1: How To Get Started

Part 2: Where To Go First

Part 3: Finding Money To Travel

Part 4: Developing A Travel Identity

Part 5: How To Make Travel Your Life

officialkia:

pennameverity:

This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 

But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.

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I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 

It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.

Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.

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Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 

The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.

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And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!

Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.

Okay, what else?

Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.

Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.

You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.

And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 

If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

freemindfreebody:

africaandco:

This weeks theme: PRODUCTIVITY! All entrepreneurs need some tips and tricks to keep us on top of our game!

Must print & frame

So I saw this advice

papasfritas:

Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.

I kind of like it.

(Source: fuckiminmytwenties)

fastcompany:

Careful listening, collaboration, asking good questions—these “soft skills” aren’t always taught in school.

Today’s college graduates need every skill-related edge they can get when it comes to applying for and landing a full-time job.

Numerous surveys and reports indicate that recent U.S. college graduates face a wildly competitive job market along with astronomical student loan debt. More than 40% of recent graduates are underemployed and 16% are working part-time jobs, according to Accenture’s 2013 College Graduate Employment Survey.

One employer survey, conducted by staffing company Adecco, indicates that 44% of responding companies cited “soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration” as the area with “the biggest gap.”

Additionally, a Talent Shortage Survey from ManpowerGroup discovered that nearly one in five employers worldwide is unable to fill positions because they can’t find people with soft skills.

So what are these soft skills—and other critical workplace skills—that are necessary to join today’s collaborative, fast-moving, real-time workforce? Here are five:

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catchingadri:

Bofur the Bro Dwarf: Helpful Websites To Learn Languages

les-langues-sont-ma-vie:

French

German

Italian

Spanish

Chinese

Thai

Korean

Japanese

Greek

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Sign Language

Esperanto

Russian
Arabic
Norwegian
Swedish
Finnish
Polish
Latin

General Language Sites

Follow thelanguagecommunity.tumblr.com for even more websites!

Just a heads up, though… “Sign language” is not a single language. The one you link to there appears to be American Sign Language. There are plenty others…