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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


“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…


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…

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