The trials and tribulations of the millennial generation are well documented: staggering student loans, tough job market, the inability to move away from home.
Millennials, defined as young adults born between 1977 and 1992, may be experiencing many hardships but they’re also looking out for each other. Kelly Williams Brown, a 28-year-old reporter based in Portland, Ore., recently published her first book “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps” to help her fellow millennials act more like adults. She dispenses tips that range from how to patch nail holes (Step #21) to how to find a good tailor (Step #257) to how to write a decent condolence note (Step #409) and how to ask for a raise (Step #159). Some of the tips are frivolous (she explains how to master oatmeal in Step #74) but some are tried and true lessons that have been passed down for generations: Accept the idea of networking (Step #135) and don’t get drunk on the first date (Step #348).
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Williams Brown shares some of her best job recommendations in an interview with The Daily Ticker including Step #134: Let go of your pride and take a paying job if you are currently unemployed.
“It’s a tough thing to remember when you’re right out of college that a lot of time you do have to swallow your pride, take the unglamorous position, take the low-paying position,” she says. “Just remember you have to do it well and work really hard at it and as you do that your options will expand.”
Adulthood is “never a super elegant process,” she continues, but “while it’s not easy or simple it’s something that everyone goes through, it’s something everyone has to do, it’s something that everyone can do.”
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