ThePostGradGal Presents: Our Findings

This blog, for me, has been a long time coming. Early into 2015 I had a lightbulb idea, a spontaneous exploding moment of creativity that I knew I needed to run with. I wanted to write, to share my story, encouraging others to feel comfortable enough to do the same. Even more so, I wanted to impart some wisdom I’ve gathered in my time after college, hoping that even one gal out there would have an easier experience.

When it comes to my creative process, I’m split straight down the middle: 50% left brain, 50% right brain. Thus, as Creative as I like to be, I also like Process. Routine. Facts and figures. SO, before I embarked on this adventure known as The Post Grad Gal, I wanted to get some solid feedback on what gals like you would be interested in reading. I developed a survey, sent it to my resources, including sorority groups on Facebook, my closest friends and acquaintances who I’ve always admired.

Boy, did you all deliver.

109 responses.
Women ages 18-29.
Incredible, insightful, information.

Your feedback was so helpful in guiding me through what to write, and for that I’m eternally grateful. I now have a better understanding of the topics I can best cover that will be most beneficial for you as readers.

Not only did I get great feedback, but I also received amazing insight on our lifestyles, our fears and our inspirations. I read through your anonymous answers in awe, grateful for your participation, vulnerability and honesty. Below is a summary of our findings. Let’s dive in.

First, we’ll take a look at some simple demographics. As I mentioned above, our pool of responses were from women ages 18-29.

I was delighted to see such a diverse range of situations and experiences. My ideal target is young professional women, early in their post-graduate careers. We hit pretty darn close to target. We might be a skewed a little on the young side, but the feedback we’ve collected is relevant across the age range. Keep in mind that no username or other identifying material was recorded. All information is anonymous.

Now, let’s get to the really exciting stuff.

Desired Career Path/Area of Focus
careers

Giving you all a big round of applause. We are going places, working toward our goals, refusing to settle for less. Does this mean the first three I find in this bubble are the careers I will have? 🙂

Life Satisfaction: On a tongue-in-cheek scale from Can’t even to Life is unicorns and rainbows, I was not surprised to see this follow a pretty traditional and expected bell curve. What made my heart heavy, though, was just how many users reported low satisfaction. For some, that can only fuel their motivation to build the life they desire. For others, it’s a heartbreaking feeling of feeling stuck. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. I plan on writing about that. Thank you for your honesty.

What is something you love about yourself?

Some key highlights:

I like that I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe in even when someone else doesn’t agree.

I love that my friends think of me as a mentor, as someone who can help them through difficult times and who they trust and can talk to about anything.

Resilience, confidence, and optimism.

My passion and constant willingness to want to aid family and friends through difficult times. I want to be the person they think to call and am honored when they do.

To put it simply, you all are rockstars. A common thread across many of the responses was just how much you do and care for others.

Where do you think you could use some work? 

I had so many “ME TOO!” moments, here. Here are some more key highlights:

I need to work on being satisfied where I am and not longing for what others have (better jobs, better homes, families, etc.) Having goals is one thing (and a necessary thing), but being cranky and envious is a totally different thing, especially when it causes you to be dissatisfied with the good that you DO have.

I need to learn to be able to let go and trust other people. I consistently feel the need to lead but need to learn to take a step back and follow every once in a while.

I need to be better about not saying “yes” to everything people ask me to do. I end up spreading myself too thin. I need to do a better job prioritizing in some areas of my life 🙂

I also am way too hard on myself when things do not go exactly according to my plan.

Lastly, for some warm fuzzies…

Who inspires you and why?
Here are some more key highlights as the word cloud couldn’t truly capture the essence of your responses.

My mother and father. My parents are the two strongest people I know, along with the best people I know. Their constant strength and unwavering love is so rare and beautiful.

I am inspired by my sorority chapter’s President who dedicates so much time and love to our sisters.

Strong women in the workplace (more and more keep appearing and speaking out! Rachel Maddow, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, etc etc), my mother, my grandmother, really my entire family, my sorority sisters/friends.

My peers – it’s great to get motivation from those who are going through the same life events.

Young professional women who I see in successful career positions and generally unattached to a man or family.

People who fight for what they believe in.

After conducting this survey, you all are my inspiration.

Final thoughts:
Even now, after sifting through this information, I’m still blown away by such amazing feedback. We may be pursuing different careers, come from different backgrounds, have varying interests, but from this survey many human truths are revealed.

First and foremost, we are all human! We all have fears and goals and love and ambition in our hearts. When we keep that in mind we can open ourselves to compassion.

Lastly, we are not alone. We are never alone. Building off of my first point, we are all fighting our own battles. The light at the end of tunnel here is that we can help each other through them. We’re all in this together! With that said, I plan on building a small sign-up form for those who may be interested in connecting with other like-minded gals. Stay tuned.

Moving forward, I’ll be ramping up on writing and posting blogs. Be on the lookout for tips on financing/budgeting, general life tips for the real world (especially when living on your own,) work/life balance, healthy meals for one or two, alongside some motivational and encouraging life posts — because who can resist cute animal videos?

Thank you all SO MUCH for being a part of this journey. Because of you, this blog is possible.

Have any questions, comments? Leave them below!

XO
The Post Grad Gal

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