See the lifestyles, agendas, and living situations of real college grads based off where they live. Check out what living in each location is really like for a new college grad!
Rose is a Social Media Consultant for a local band in Los Angeles, California. Rose’s job entails writing all the band’s blogs, creating and managing the social networking accounts, and editing the website. Learn how Roses’s studies and writing skills lead to her current job.
Kristie is a Graphic Designer for Consumer Products at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, California. Kristie’s job entails illustrating and designing merchandise packaging for all of the Fox properties such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, Glee, etc. See how she was able to acquire her job after college!
Sean is a visual effects artist for movies such as SkyFall, Twilight, and Vampire Diaries in Los Angele. Sean’s profession has very different hours (over night) and a very different lifestyle than the average job. Sean provides a passionate and in-depth write-up of everything you need to know about the lifestyle.
Reyna is an Elementary School Teacher for Underrepresented Students in Los Angeles, California. Reyna assists with the students’ full days at school from teaching to recess to pickup and drop off. See how Reyna’s studies and major in Chicana y Chicano studies lead to her current job helping underrepresented students.
Linda is a Residential Real Estate Agent/Match-Maker focusing on the luxury segment in Los Angeles, California. Learn how Linda runs her own company and how she applies her studies in Hospitality from Cornell University to acquire new clients and make sales. And tour her own home in Los Angeles!
Ellie is a cook in Napa Valley, California, the food and wine capital of the United States. It is clear that she loves her job from the way she describes her daily tasks. It is inspiring to read about her life surrounded by food enthusiasts. Ellie’s dream is to one day open her own restaurant and she is in the best place to do this!
Lauren is a Sales Assistant at an Advertising Firm in San Francisco, California. Her job entails assisting the company representatives in purchasing ad space while learning as much as she can about the industry. Lauren shows a natural drive for her career willing to work hard and move to a new city to learn.
George is a Compensation Analyst at a major technology company in Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area). His job entails determining salary increases and compensation to attract, retain, and compete for new work talent. George’s studies are in Industrial and Labor Relations. See how he uses his studies in his daily job.
Sara is a Corporate Law Project Assistant in San Francisco, California. She describes her job as “an assistant to paralegals, but with pro-bono work basically akin to a contracted professional.” Sara actually majored in Spanish in college. Learn how she ended up in Corporate Law.
Gio is a Business Developer at a Medical Startup in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working at a startup requires Gio to perform a lot of different skills from marketing and tech support,, to business operations. Learn how Gio worked his way up to his current position. His story is truly inspiring!
Bernard is an Account Coordinator for an Online Advertising start up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bernard’s job involves working with clients to build online campaigns to generate leads. Learn how Bernard chose the online marketing field and what life in the San Francisco Bay area is like.
Anders is a Food Prep Coordinator at a Healthy Cuisine Restaurant (True Food Kitchen) in Denver, Colorado. Anders’ job entails coordinating with others to help make LOTS of food for the service line. This includes preparing sauces, stocks, soups, and more! See what Anders’ life after college is like!
Brandon is a High School Educational Outreach & Engagement Manager in Atlanta Georgia. Brandon’s job involves working with educators on ways to increase student engagement and creating an educational community. The way Brandon writes with passion about his position is inspirational.
Rae is a Development Coordinator at a Conservation Non-Profit in Big Island Hawaii. Her job entails raising funding for operations and programs, as well as working on partnership building, donor cultivation and reputation management. And see what Life After College is like in Hawaii!
Chris is a AmeriCorps Horticultural Conservation Research Assistant/Intern in Hilo, Hawaii. Chris’s job requires him to wear many hats including field work, office work, and educational sessions for natural resource conservation. This profession is not for everyone, but Chris shows a real passion for what he does.
Candy is a Revenue Manager for seven hotel properties in Waikiki, Hawaii. As a Revenue Manager, Candy’s job entails forecasting hotel demand and supply to set room rates, meeting with the hotel general managers, and managing online travel agent sites such as Expedia. See what life in Hawaii is like for a college grad.
Leanna is an Elementary School Teacher in Honolulu Hawaii. She just graduated with a masters in instructional leadership. Read as Leanna takes us through a day in her life and her reasons for going into the educational field. It’s obvious that she has a real passion for her work!
Eileen is a Public Transportation Consultant in Honolulu, Hawaii. Eileen’s job entails cartography and code regulations. Eileen moved to Hawaii and got her job by cold calling around. Learn how she did this and tour her life after college. Her determination and mindset are truly inspirational.
Chynna is an after school special education teacher in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chynna works to improve the social skills of children with learning disabilities including Autism Spectrum, Asperger’s Syndrom, and ADHD. Read what her daily life entails and what it’s like living in Hawaii.
Kyle is an Online Travel Marketer in Maui, Hawaii. Learn how online travel marketing is changing the face of the travel industry. In addition to work, Kyle lives quite a life: he wakes up at 6:00 AM to go surfing outside his house before work and coaches soccer at night. What a life.
Sean is a Revenue Manager at a major hotel chain in Maui, Hawaii. As a revenue manager, Sean is in charge of pricing hotel room rates based off of demand forecasts, online bookings, packaged deals, and social media.
Ryan is a Special Education Teacher for Elementary Students in Oahu, Hawaii. Ryan’s job entails educating students with mild to severe disabilities, in academics, social interactions, and overall personal development. Learn about Ryan’s career path and how he chose to be in the education field.
Diego is a Pro Tennis Instructor in Kahuku, Hawaii (on the North Shore) at the Turtle Bay Resort. Having gone pro himself at a young age, Diego decided to instruct up and coming athletes instead. See how his day consists of surfing, instructing tennis on his own dedicated court, and chilling. What a life!
Dana is a music teacher at a school in Kailua, Hawaii. With a background in music education from Ithaca College, her passion has always been to teach music to students. And with her determinationi she has become a full-time teacher at her school in Kailua (the only full time employee).
Ilya is a Business Developer/Seller for Acxiom Big Data in São Paulo, Brazil. Ilya’s job entails sourcing deals, pitching clients, creating proposals, and negotiating contracts. Ilya grew up in Vancouver, Canada and went to Cornell University. Learn how he made the transition to Brazil..
Gabriel Teaches English as a Foreign Language to high school students in Anhui, China. Gabriel graduated with a Mechanical Engineering major from Yale University, but decided, since he’s still young, to travel to China, experience and learn the culture, while teaching English. Follow his Journey!
Rich is a US Peace Corps Volunteer located in Puerto Quito, Ecuador. Rich is a Community Health volunteer and his daily job entails educating the local community about proper hygiene practices and the American culture. See what Rich’s life after college is like and how his degree in communications help prepare him.
Makana is a project officer for a social enterprise startup in Cairo, Egypt. This position requires Makana to be in charge of almost everything from developing, finance, and strategy. Even if his pay isn’t high, Makana enjoys making a difference in others’ lives. What an interesting job and life!
John Manages a Major Celebrity Fine Dining Restaurant in Hong Kong. In fact, John was one of the first manager’s at the restaurant’s opening! Learn how John’s semester studying abroad in Italy lead to his re-born interest into the food and beverage industry. And see what it’s like living in Hong Kong!
Lauren is a Corporate Training Manager for a Food & Beverage company in Singapore. Her job covers a broad scope of work from employee retention, brand management, and business growth and recruiting. In addition, see what the life of a college grad in Singapore is like!
Cynthia teaches English as a foreign language in Simferopol, Ukraine. Cynthia decided to volunteer and teach English before pursuing Law (having graduated from University of Georgia pre-law). Learn how Cynthia made this decision and what her life after college abroad is like!
Lisa is a Pharmaceutical Business Analyst for Managed Markets in Boston, Massachusetts. Her job entails analyzing sales, market share, and payer mix. Much of her work is analytical in nature but Lisa mentions having fun presenting the numbers (her background is in communications). In addition, tour Lisa’s home she purchased outside of Boston.
James is a Biomedical Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. James takes on the world with a highly analytical mindset. He explains that a lot of engineering work involves number and data crunching. This is something he believes everyone should have a good understanding about if they were to go into this field.
Shwetha is an environmental engineer at an environmental consulting company in New Jersey. She applies the skills she learned at Rensselaer in her daily job. Her job entails a mix of both field work and office work to determine environmentally sustainable practices in construction.
Robert is a Sales Recruiter & Trainer for Vector Marketing in South New Jersey. Robert recruits and trains sales reps to sell the Cutco product. Robert’s role is very much entrepreneurial (like he is running a small business). Learn Robert’s story, how he got into the field, and what his life is like after college!
Andrew is a Business Analyst for a Financial Firm in Albany, New York. Andrew’s job entails data analysis on Microsoft Excel using historical data and trends to make actionable decisions on strategies and procedures to increase a company’s bottom line. Learn what it’s like to live in “Up State” New York.
Ryan is a Financial Controller for an Electronics company in Albany, New York. Ryan’s job entails managing all of the company’s finances from purchasing, book keeping, tax forms, and sales. Ryan’s hours are relatively flexible which allows him to accomplish lots during his day. Check out his life in Albany.
Erin is a Hospitality Real Estate Valuation Analyst (which she says is a fancy term for appraiser) in New York City. Erin’s job entails providing an objective opinion of market value of a hotel property. This includes inspecting the hotel, reviewing its financials, and making a 10-year income projections. Learn how she got into the field.
Kiyo does Financial Analysis for a Healthcare Company in New York City. Kiyo’s job entails monitoring revenue cycle, analyzing financial statements, and mocking up business plans. Learn how Kiyo got into this field and tour is New York City apartment, which he shares with his girlfriend (also featured on this site: Valerie).
Melissa is a freelance writer in New York City. (She is doing the Sex in the City thing.) Her job entails contractual writing gigs, and searching on Craigslist for the new opportunities. Melissa is very passionate about writing as she shares her lifestyle with us. Tour her life and her apartment in New York City.
Sherin is a Wealth Management Analyst at JPMorgan Chase in New York City. Sherin’s position is similar to a Project Manager as she is in charge of overseeing a venture from inception to completion. Sherin just purchased her own studio apartment in the heart of New York City. Learn about her experiences in and out of the office.
Nick is an Acquisitions and Asset Management Analyst for a large Hotel Investment Company in New York City. As an analyst, Nick’s job focuses primarily on financial and asset management. Learn what his daily job entails and how he was able to put his college major and studies to good use.
David is a Fracker in North Dakota. Fracking is the process of fracturing rock by a pressurized liquid. The life of a fracker may not be for everyone (long hours and consecutive work days away from home) but David shows a real passion for his profession. Plus, since his work is in oil, he makes bank!
Paul is a Freelance Musician in Columbus Ohio. As a freelance musician, Paul’s job entails many teaching and performing gigs. Paul explains how a lot of time is spent practicing, writing music, organizing rehearsals, notating and printing music, etc. See what life as a Freelance Musician is really like!
Andrea is an Administrative Assistant at a Law Firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her job entails supporting attorneys, office work, and office maintenance. Learn about Andrea’s journey with a Film/Television Writing Major and how she ended up in her current profession.
Laura is a Real Estate Development Project Manager in Dallas, Texas. As a Project Manager for the Development of Hotels, Laura manages the construction teams and makes sure the real estate is built on time and within budget. Learn how Laura acquired her job and tour her life after college.
Erika is an 8th Grade English Teacher in Houston, Texas. Her job entails working with students to help complete assignments, generating reports, and maintaining classroom order. As an English Major from the University of Phoenix in Houston, Erika believes her studies have prepared her well for her role after college.
Gretchen is a Graphic Designer, specializing in advertising, working out of a beach house in Virginia Beach, VA. Gretchen shows a great passion for her work and explains the difference from her graphic design studies in school and her actual practice. See what Gretchen’s life after college is like!
Robin is an Structure Design Engineer for a major Aerospace company in Seattle, Washington. Robin’s job entails making sure that the changes customers request on the design of their aircrafts are possible. See how Robin got into the field and his recommendations.
Nick is a Software Analyst managing a Microsoft SharePoint environment in Seattle, Washington. Nick’s job entails project management, software support, and communication with the team in India. Nick provides a lot of useful and inspiration information about job search after college. In addition, you can tour his Seattle, Washington apartment!
Sergey is an Aerospace Mechanical Engineer for a major airplane company in Seattle, Washington. Sergey works as a weights engineer and influences the design of aircrafts. Read about the advice he has for engineers.
Genki is a Systems Engineer and works on providing actionable data analysis to the US Government for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Learn how his Engineering background and studies landed him this prestigious position, and how he applies what he learned to his every-day job.
Casto is a Pastry Cook in a major restaurant in Washington DC, Virginia. Casto originally graduated with a food science degree but found an interest in baking pastries. Being a pastry cook is a lot of work, requiring attention to detail, and is not for everybody. It is inspiring to see how passionately Casto writes about his work.
Jamie is a Medical Software Implementer for Hospitals at a company called Epic located in Madison, Wisconsin. Jamie is a project manager and has many daily tasks: no two days are the same. Her job entails so much more than making sure hospitals implement the medical software properly. Learn how she got into this field with a degree in Government.