pieces of advice

Traveling is something really special. There is something nostalgic about it. When traveling, you experience culture, indexfood and people. Traveling is about the adventure just as much as it is about finding yourself. With that, I want to introduce you to Amanda. She is one of my sorority sisters who has an awesome job; not only does she encounter new lives an save people she travels. Amanda is a traveling nurse and her life is filled with many new experiences. Below Amanda writes about a few things that resonate with her and I think these things will resonate with any 20-somethings. After reading this blog post, I hope you leave with this: travel much, travel often – make it happen no matter the cost.

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Pass It On

guest blog presented by: Amanda Bentz
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“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

I recently came across an article online titled “100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds.” Intrigued, I found myself reading the collection of genuine, honest and somewhat humorous pieces of advice gathered from a collection of people who have lived a century. After reading advice on exercise, diets, marriage, pets, money, jobs and attitude, I paused on one that resonated with me.

 “Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

Traveling has always been a desire of mine. I will always appreciate my roots and my small town upbringing, but I can’t help but wonder what else is out there? What am I missing if I pass up an opportunity to travel to a new location? This fueled my dream to become a travel nurse and relocate to a new hospital every three months. However, this form of travel doesn’t require extra money to be spent on my end. It’s the traveling that I want to do while I’m in a new location that costs money. As a 23-year-old with no dependents and a stable income, I feel like I am ‘young and able’ to travel. But shouldn’t I be focusing on paying off my student loans and saving money for my future?

Budgeting money is a stress that many people deal with. It’s a necessity to thrive in today’s economy. Everyone treats it differently, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s always a worry. We spend a lot of our money on tangible things that we use every day that benefit us such as groceries, clothing, gas, transportation, heat, cable, internet, etc. These are things most people consider a necessity. But traveling? That’s something that people can do without. What do you get out of traveling anyways? A week here, an extended weekend there – what’s the purpose?

“Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” This is my favorite part of the advice. Experience is one thing that can never be taken away from you. By traveling to new locations, we experience new things. Food, people, culture, climate, lifestyles, history – the list goes on and on. I believe that experiencing these things opens your mind and allows you to grow and develop as a person. That is something money cannot buy. That’s why I think this man is advising us to ‘make it work’. How do you do that? Well, I challenge you to figure it out.

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

title discrimination

young professional

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I am part of a listserv that often time posts jobs. Today, a job was posted that stated the following: “This position offers a young professional the opportunity to work for a growing  firm.” Alright, I thought nothing of it. Later, I see an email that turns into a mass chain email exchange about the words “young professional”. As a young professional, I never thought of these words as discrimination or derogatory. Personally, I use the fact that I am a young professional to my advantage. This allows me to share a fresh perspective and innovative ideas.

Most organizations and universities have a disclaimer that reads: The XXXXX is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the provision of its educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits.
Now I understand that It is against the law to discriminate against any job candidate based on age. Now, I learned from the email exchange this discrimination of age (and I am assuming: ace, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status) not only applies to the hiring practices as well as job announcements. This person went on to say:  When I see ‘young professional’ I understand it to mean ‘someone we can pay less.’ I don’t believe that to be the case at all.
Allow me to argue that the phrase “young professional” is used all the time. This is a phrase I am proud of because I am a young professional.  Essentially, saying young professional is stating the job is an entry level or just reaching a mid-level position; however, it doesn’t reflect any type of age discrimination or bias.  Generally, it is used because this type of position is meant for someone new to that particular sector and offers them a chance to learn, grow, and move up into roles with higher responsibility.
I am proud to be a young professional. The words young professional defines me just like the word veteran or seasoned defines someone who has been in the work-force or a profession longer. These defining phrases don’t need to define us. These phrases allow for the best person to enter a position.
I am interested in knowing your thoughts. Young professionals weigh in on this subject, do you think this is considered discrimination?