Great (Career) Expectations: 19th-Century Jobs that Should Make a Comeback

If you were paying attention during your high school world history classes, you’ll remember the horrors of the 19th century—terrible living and working conditions, especially for women; a laughably low life expectancy; and, in some places, an inescapable stench. Mmmmm. But one small beacon of light shone through all of that nastiness: The rise of cities opened up a plethora of job opportunities, and with this new thing called “social...

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Listen Up! 8 Audiobooks & Podcasts That Will Amp Up Your Autumn

Last September, as I was sitting in traffic for the millionth time, listening to the same three Drake songs I listen to every day, it hit me: Oh...I miiight not be making the best use of this time.   Don’t get me wrong: no day is complete without at least one T-Swift jam sesh. But I was clocking 80 minutes of driving, daily—what else could I be doing with those...

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The Pros and Cons of Moving Back Home

If you’re one of those millennials who can’t figure out how to unsubscribe from your “tech-savvy” mom’s email updates on the state of the economy (#us), this article from the Pew Research Center is probably sitting in your inbox, unopened. Here’s that study’s TL;DR: The number of young adults living with their parents has increased since 2010, despite the fact that more and more of us are finding steady employment....

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Five Failures (That Actually Led to Success)

“Everyone fails.” “Don’t be afraid to fail!” “Get to failing!!!” Okay, so let’s say that after hearing your mentors repeat this phrase until their faces turned blue, you finally listened—you took a chance, you went after one of your goals...and you failed. Now you’re at the bottom of the hole you’ve dug, looking back up at us like, YO, guys—I did it! That was fun! Now throw me a line! After...

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9 Ways to Rock the Rest of Your Summer

We’ve all been there: you’re reaching up to finally tear that June page off of your calendar when you have a horrifying realization—it’s already the last day of July. Hold up...WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO?! There’s nothing worse than going back to school without an answer to that classic first-day icebreaker: “So, what’d you do over the summer?” But if the past two months have flown by in a blurry...

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Meet the Code Trip Team!

Computer science is at the heart of breakthroughs in business, medicine, creativity, and community building, but it’s a field that far too few young people have exposure to. Given that computer science is one of the most in-demand and highly paid skillsets in today’s job market, it’s crucial that access is more inclusive and equitable. That’s why Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft are teaming up to send 3 young people who...

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Introducing the Opportunity Youth Roadtrip Team!

This summer, we’ve teamed up with the Schultz Family Foundation and Get Schooled to send three out-of-school and out-of-work youth on a cross-country road trip to discover what the world has to offer. The team will be interviewing inspiring individuals who have also struggled with adversity and overcome it to build lives and careers doing what they love. Meet the Opportunity Youth Roadtrip team: Summer has been looking for a...

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Meet the Being Understood Roadtrip Team!

This summer, we’ve teamed up with Understood.org, the Oak Foundation, and Eye to Eye to send three young people with learning and attention issues on a road trip across the U.S. Many of the big name CEOs, political figures, authors, scientists, athletes, and people we interact with on an everyday basis have learning and attention issues, and they are not only coping, but thriving. These creative and inspiring individuals represent...

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Q&A: Chef Roy Choi on culture, craft, and the courage to push past average

Chef Roy Choi has been perfecting the art of the mashup for his whole life. Born in South Korea and raised all over Southern California (moving 12 times during his childhood), Roy experienced all that Los Angeles’s neighborhoods had to offer. That blending of cuisine, culture, and place fueled his signature creation--the Korean BBQ taco--the cult-status street-food mashup that launched a thousand imitations and made Roy’s name synonymous with the...

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5 Absurd Ways Hollywood Portrays Work

In Hollywood portrayals of workplaces, characters range from newscasters to waitresses to ambiguous executives with job titles we never actually learn (but we’re shown enough shots of their plate glass office windows to deduce that they’re Super-Important-Businessy-People). The diverse representation of professions is there, but no matter how wildly different the demands of these jobs in real life, on-screen they all share one commonality: No one actually works! We recognize...

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