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How I Got Radicalized

My extracurriculars, summer camps, and internships were never going to get me a magazine cover — or a satisfying job

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Welcome to How I Got Radicalized, a series from GEN that tells the story of a cultural moment that made you drastically rethink how society works.

Any overachiever with a LinkedIn knows the most important awards for a certain generation is Forbes’ “30 Under 30” reveal. Every year I brace myself for the Oscars-style gratitude speeches from acquaintances and second-degree connections who feel “so humbled” that they made the list. It’s not that I begrudge their success, I swear. It’s simply a tough pill to swallow as a twentysomething with a harsh tendency to compare myself to others. …


A leaked Goldman Sachs survey shows recent grads are working until 3am, enduring workplace abuse

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Goldman Sachs surveyed 13 first-year analysts in its investment banking division last month about their working conditions. The leaked slide deck is making the rounds on Twitter and some people are shocked by the results.

First, let’s recap some of the report’s key findings:

  1. 77% of respondents said they feel like they have been a victim of workplace abuse.
  2. 75% of respondents have sought or considered seeking counseling, therapy or any additional services for their mental health due to the stress of the job.
  3. On average, these analysts are working over 95 hours per week and sleeping 5 hours per…


The screening software companies use can be finicky, but there are some simple ways to get past it

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If you’re applying to jobs in 2021, a machine will likely be reading your resume before a human does. Most employers these days use what is called an applicant tracking system (“ATS”) to screen through the numerous applications they receive and filter out unqualified candidates. Unfortunately, the ATS systems can be pretty finicky and end up rejecting qualified candidates who don’t optimize their resumes for their software. Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can make your resume more ATS-friendly without changing the content too drastically. Here are a few tips:

  1. Use a simple format

Unless you are in a…


It would be a better workplace for everyone if we could just be honest about what we know and don’t know

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I saw a viral video on TikTok this week from @vivsmee captioned “updating my email style to match my male colleagues.” You can watch it here.

In the video, a young woman in the corporate world is revising a warm and collegial email she has written to a male colleague named Kevin. She self-consciously replaces her exclamation points with commas and deletes phrases indicating uncertainty such as “I think.” She is clearly uncomfortable with the resultingly dry email but hits “send” anyway. As a staunch supporter of exclamation points in work emails myself, I completely related to the video. My…


Instead of shying away from what makes you different, emphasize it as an advantage

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So you want to leave your job. You’re not alone! It can be a stressful prospect, but changing careers is way more commonplace than one might think. Almost half of workers have already made a dramatic career change in their lives, according to Indeed. During COVID-19, young workers have either had more time to sit at home and think about what they really want due to the remote-work arrangement, or they have been frustrated by unrealistic expectations and a lack of mentorship at their current firms. As a result, 70% of people under the age of 30 are currently open…


Everyone’s a creator these days

Art by Maggie Chirdo.

Who among us did not start a pandemic podcast? If not a podcast, then it was a newsletter or an online Etsy store. Perhaps you launched a Patreon or promoted your pop-up restaurant on Instagram. The pandemic-induced economic crisis intensified financial anxieties for those affected, particularly women and people of color, effectively killing for them the idea of having hobbies for leisure. The pressure to commodify and formalize one’s passions for money, personal brand, or external legitimacy can be overwhelming. Because of the recession, if you don’t have a side hustle these days, it can feel like you’re behind.

Nearly…


Before the 1980s, we were all but begging the robots to replace us.

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Any corporate employee today knows intuitively that the work week is too long. How many times have you been working on a rote or excessively manual task and thought, “this could so easily be automated,” asking yourself why that hasn’t happened yet? If you’ve ever worked in the business world, you have probably spent hundreds of hours of your life that you will never get back entering data into Salesforce or cleaning up formatting in Excel. But future innovation aside, how did we collectively decide that the 9 to 5, 5-days-a-week schedule was a floor rather than a ceiling on…


When exploring new roles remotely, learn from my mistakes.

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I started a new job remotely in the middle of the pandemic and quit five weeks later. After months of interviews, case studies, and intermittent identity crises, I landed what I thought was my dream role in October. I had previously worked in finance for a year and some when I realized that I was no longer passionate about it. Grueling work hours aside, I could not quiet the thought in the back of my head that I wanted my life to serve a greater purpose beyond putting together fancy PowerPoint decks.

As a lifelong try-hard, I didn’t want to…


“Worst-case scenario, it takes away people’s right to vote altogether. And best-case scenario, it makes things unnecessarily difficult to be able to cast your vote.”

Graphic by Maggie Chirdo

If the Republicans in the Arizona State Legislature have their way, the choices of the state’s electorate will hardly matter anymore. One of several bills before the Legislature, HB 2720, seeks to allow lawmakers to select their own electors “by majority vote at any time before the presidential inauguration,” thereby overriding the preference of Arizona voters. Another, HB 2426, proposes empowering the legislature to award two of the state’s 11 electoral votes to a candidate of its choosing, independent of the votes cast by the electorate.

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, Republican lawmakers in states that flipped…


As a recovering investment banking analyst, I’ve been loving the recent hype over the finance world. From the Robinhood/GameStop drama to the recent HBO show “Industry,” it’s been entertaining to watch some of the widely-accepted bullshit the industry propagates being unpacked publicly. Don’t get me wrong — I also learned a ton of useful skills during my time in the field, but I learned every single one of them the hard way. That’s why I was shocked to see the new UBS promotional video making its rounds on social media, chronicling “A Day in the Life of an Investment Banker.”…

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