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Millennials and the Side Hustle — McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith

Many Americans are taking on second jobs, or “side hustles.” Some do it for extra spending money, some for retirement, some simply to pay the bills. But no one side hustles more than millennials. A whopping 44% of those between the ages of 25 and 34 have taken on a second job, in addition […]

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Understanding Why I love Film — Millennial Muse

All article credits go to the Millennial Muse. Check out the original article at Understanding Why I love Film.

Ever since I was a kid, sitting in my bunk bed surrounded by all my teddies and toys, I have loved sitting there in the dark and watching the same VHS tapes on my little TV. I have loved being whisked away for an hour and a half to another world, a world that I could join and be a part of. I often placed myself in these cinematic worlds. As an aspiring actor from the age of 6, I found these worlds intoxicating. I could be whoever I wanted: a hard boiled detective, an underdog changing their fate, even the leading lady who gets her happily ever after (before I became a proud female warrior and learnt that being the love interest was way less fun then being the hero). I never gave much thought as to why I loved film so much, I just knew I did.
Then, recently when watching a particular scene in 2016’s ‘Their Finest’ I found myself becoming suddenly emotional. And this was not due to the tragically ill-fated romance of Catrin and Tom, or the depiction of war time London (although incredibly resonant) but because of a scene that managed to reveal to me why it is exactly that I love film. In one line of dialogue I had an answer that I had never really considered before; when discussing their profession, Sam Clafin’s character explains his own philosophy on why we need films, stating that ‘People like films because stories are a structure, and when things turn bad it’s still part of a plan. There’s a point to it.’ That train of thought hit me like a ton of bricks, as I started to realize the truth behind the statement.
As someone who doesn’t handle uncontrollable variables in life well, I began to find an incredible amount of joy within this discovery. No matter how unexpected and often cruel life can be, for a few hours we can all escape to a fictional world that functions in a way we can predict, in a way that we can root for, in a way that I, as a filmmaker, can write and decide myself. I’ve always wanted to tell stories that mean something to those that watch them, to portray the struggles and complications of being alive on this planet and a part of human society, but in a way that allows for a happy resolution, something not everybody is lucky enough to get in the real world. That no matter how hard and difficult things may seem, the protagonist will learn and grow and most importantly; end up where they belong.
There are many things in my own personal story that have seemed pointless or have had me screaming into my pillow ‘WHY ME!? WHY UNIVERSE WHY?’ (In a typical teenager melodramatic tone) Events that for the life of me I couldn’t understand why they had to happen at all- but this scene, this line of dialogue, this revelation made me realize that Film has enabled me to find ways to deal with this issue. To look at mistakes made or times that I regret as something more than an embarrassing or upsetting situation, but part of a plan. The part of my own movie where I learn a bit more about myself and get back up before going to conquer the world.

The Millennial Muse is a London Based Millennial Writer, Recent Film, Theatre and Television Graduate from the University of Reading. Lover of Books, Films and TV. Follow the Millennial Muse by clicking here.

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2018 Travel Trends

Looking to book your 2018 trips? Look no further! Marta has got the latest 2018 travel trends covered. Click below to read more:

Here is what to expect in 2018 as per the latest Virtuoso Lux Report and other industry experts. Plenty of food for thought for fellow hoteliers to turn trends into packages. Skip The Parents Multigeneration travel is in full swing including “skip-gen” trips, where grandparents take grandchildren on a special adventure, leaving the parents behind […]

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Archive, Business, Entrepreneur, Keelin Elwood, Lifestyle

10 Tips for Surviving a Quarter-life Crisis

Remember the Golden Era? Yeah, you know which one I am talking about… the ‘Television Era’. Pre-2007, before Netflix began streaming. Remember how easy it was to decide what to watch?

No?

Let me take you back for a second: you are home alone, the remote clasped tightly in your hand, instinctively protecting it from being torn away. You can finally watch whatever you want. Absolutely anything at all… of all 27 channels you have. You flip through them all, twice just to be sure. Two things peak your interest Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds. You pick Criminal Minds (obviously). Your choice was easy. You make popcorn, you have a great night.

In mere minutes you weighed your two options and decided what you wanted to watch. There was no issue. Fast-forward now to the present; the ‘Netflix Era’. There are countless streaming sites, with thousands of shows and movies. How will you ever choose? There is just simply too much. The horror!

Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but I am avidly convinced that as a general rule people get overwhelmed by too many options. In 2017 we spend hours browsing various streaming sites just for one half hour of TV show satisfaction. It’s frustrating, exhausting, and frankly just makes people want to give up.

The transition from childhood to adulthood is basically the same. As a child you have limited options. These options may be limited by your parents, your peers, your location, your family’s finances and so many other variables. As kids and young adults we make the best choices we can with all of those limitations. But really when it comes down to it, you only have 27 channels.

Then something incredible happens and we get that first job, that certificate, that degree, or that first apartment. And at first, it is the most fabulous thing in the world. But then our tiny, limited world suddenly gets cracked open and we enter the ‘Netflix Era’ – Adulthood. The ‘Netflix Era’ is, at first glance amazing. There are so many options, there is so much wonder, so much potential… and then it all becomes so overwhelming. What shall I choose? Do I really want to go to med school? Should I get a puppy? Why is everyone else doing so well? Do I even want kids? Did I pick the right career? Am I happy? And oops, rent is due.

Enter: the dreaded quarter-life crisis.

According to LinkedIn research 75% of 25-33 years olds have experienced a quarter-life crisis. So, for anyone denying the existence of quarter-life crises, you just wait because it will come. Personally, my quarter life crisis started about a year ago. Now, mind you, this is a QUARTER-life crisis. It’s a lot milder than a mid-life crisis. So no, it did not consist of me buying a new corvette or quitting my job on an impulse. It was still tough though.

For those of you who have not experienced a quarter-life crisis (yet) here is what it looked like for me:

  • Impulse dropping quite a few dollar bills on a college course I was not ready for
  • Consistent existential dread
  • Deciding I wanted to become ‘Instagram famous’ (and somewhat executing on it)
  • Flipping between the #fitlife #fitfam and laying on my couch for hours and binge watching Scandal
  • Questioning every single life choice I have made since the day I was born
  • Freaking out about not knowing where my life is going (tip: no one does by the way, at least not with 100% certainty)
  • Seriously considering just moving to the arctic

But I made it through! Ish. I made it through, ish. I wouldn’t say I have moved completely past it, but I am definitely out of the thick of it and this is what I have learned:

My Ten Tips for Surviving Your Quarter-life Crisis:

  • Love yourself, your friends, and your family. Lean on them for help and advice because you will need it.
  • Use social media, don’t let it use you. Rule of thumb: if you are on social media and seeing everyone else’s success and happiness is making you feel miserable about your own life, social media is using you. Shut it down. If you are using social media to communicate and share experiences with friends and colleagues, you are using it. Keep it up.
  • Practice deep breathing. Lucky for me (ha!) a few years pre-quarter-life crisis I suffered from some pretty rough panic attacks. Those relaxation techniques really came in handy for those tougher crisis days.
  • If you are about to spend a large sum of money sit on it for at least a day. When people feel overwhelmed they can make rash decisions. If one of those rash decisions is a large unplanned purchase, take at least a day.
  • Give yourself nice things. You work hard, treat yourself a little. And remember, nice things don’t have to cost you anything. Your ‘nice thing’ can simple be a relaxing night in.
  • Sample some of the options you are considering. Thinking of upheaving your life and moving halfway across the globe? Visit first. Change is great, and at almost any other time in your life, I’d say go for it! But quarter-life crises might trick you into wanting things you really don’t just because you feel trapped or overwhelmed in that particular moment. Make big decisions carefully.
  • Remember who you are. You can get lost sometimes.
  • Work out. However you can. It helps with stress relief and providing clarity.
  • Actually make decisions. I subconsciously put off all decision making. It’s a personality flaw I am well aware of, and am working on. But there is power associated with actually making a choice, relieving yourself of that stress, and following the decision with action. Actions propel you forward (and out) of your crisis.
  • Follow through on your decisions. And if you find out along the way that you don’t like your choice, change it. There are plenty of options.

Adulthood is like Netflix. It’s wonderful and overwhelming, which can cause panic. But the panic subsides and you can eventually pick a show to watch and a purposeful life to live.

Because really, who would want to go back to 27 channels?

Have your own tips? Share them in the comments below.

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Never Too Much, Always Enough

Inspiration

Thank you to Hannah Wiser for letting us re-share her story. Follow Hannah as she over comes obstacles and finds confidence in the corporate world. Read the full version by clicking here!

One of the hardest parts about being a young professional in the world of 8-5 corporate life is finding your own identity, and even further, being comfortable in that identity. I spent 6 long years in undergrad..(yes, you read that correctly…) mostly because I had no idea what in the world I wanted to do […]

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Stop Sorting: Why Email Folders Have Got to Go!

I am always slightly envious when I see a near-empty desktop with folders left-justified and aligned. Or when I catch, out of the corner of my eye, an outlook with an empty inbox (does this even happen?). I personally have tried to organize my desktop and inbox on several occasions, but the habit never stuck.

For reference, my desktop:

Image of all the folders on Keelin's messy desktop.

It’s not that I couldn’t do it, it’s just that I found it relatively pointless. Now to each their own, but I feel strongly that, for me, sorting emails and files just isn’t on my priority list.

So why don’t I sort my emails, or my desktop, you may ask? Here were my top three reasons for ditching the folders.

  1. I am a little bit of a perfectionist. My folders all needed the perfect titles, and the content of my emails needed to fit perfectly within those buckets. If they didn’t I ended up going down a folder-creating rabbit-hole to ensure the perfect structure for my outlook.
  2. It was wasting my time. Some people have come up with brilliant folder systems that really work for them and save them time. Some people… not me. It was not working for me and I had other things I wanted to do with my time, none of which included sorting my inbox.
  3. I always had to search for the files anyways. Even after all of the different folder set ups I tried, I was still primarily using the search bar to find what I was looking for. And if I was already just searching for what I needed, what was the point of wasting time on folders?

In the end ditching the little folder icons was worth it for me; it saved me time and headache. So if this resonates with you, give it a try. Let the chaos ensue. If it doesn’t and you are a veteran folder-guru, please share your wisdom and techniques in the comments below!

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About The Briefcase

The Briefcase’s mission is to share the experiences, work, and lifestyles of young professionals across the world.

To succeed and grow, one must be willing to learn. Our hope if to fill this Briefcase with invaluable knowledge and experiences from the young professional community so you have that knowledge where ever you go.

To accomplish this we would like to incorporate as many professional profiles and articles as possible. If you would like to contribute an article or be the subject of one of our Young Professional Profiles please contact thebriefcasemag@gmail.com or click here. The Briefcase strives to be an online magazine for you by you.

You are already on the path to growing in your profession and as a person. You’ve learned so much along the way already, and there is so much more to come. The thing is, all of it can feel heavy sometimes, so let us be your Briefcase.

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Opinion: Networking

Oftentimes as young professionals we connect with more experienced folks in our industry hoping to leverage their skills and expertise. We want a mentor. We want their insights on the work we are doing. Or we just want to further connect within our industry’s network. Now all of those things great, and will help you develop in your career, but as young professionals we constantly forget that relationships are a two way street.

Now, some people are abundantly generous and will give their time and insights without asking for anything in return. But we, as young professionals, do have something to offer as well. We need to remember that we can also bring something to the table. In most instances, to truly build effective, long-lasting relationships both parties have to put in work. Giving back is the glue that holds relationships together. And as professionals in our 20s and 30s we have so much to give. Whether it be new perspectives and ideas, some tips on social media, or just lending an ear, we have plenty to offer. 

Bring value to the table, contribute, collaborate, and engage in all of your relationships and they will be all the better for it in the long run.