Why It’s OK to Live with Your Parents After College

Post Grad Tips | Why It's Okay to Live with Your Parents After College | Becoming an Adult | Real World Tips | The Sophisticated Gal

It’s that time of the year again when many recent college grads are beginning their careers in the “real world” and becoming ‘adults’. Life after college and in the real world always seem so glamorous when you’re in college, you finally have a steady income and you never have to do homework or papers again. This is also the time when a lot of jealousy can set in, especially when some of your friends are moving to big cities to start their “big city jobs”. But what about the rest of us? That are living at home with our parents […]

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Why Your First Salary Negotiation Is Your Most Important

* Guest Post * Your first salary negotiation can be intimidating, especially if it’s right after college. Should you even negotiate? Will they be turned off if I try for a higher salary? How do I start that conversation? All valid questions to be asking yourself. It can be easy to let the nerves or uncertainty of those questions pass you by and simply accept what’s on the table. Or, you’re simply just excited that you’ve landed this job and what they’ve offered you. Hey, it’s only your first or second job out of school, what is there to lose, […]

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The Career Mistakes Women Make in Their Twenties

Career Advice | Common Mistakes Women Make in Their Twenties | The Sophisticated Gal

Our twenties are a time when we learn a lot about ourselves and are so important in shaping our career. There’s no handbook for how to start your career, most of us just learn as we go and we probably make a few mistakes along the way. Making mistakes in your career is totally OK and we all do it! Sometimes they are the best way for us to learn. Today, I wanted to share some of the top career mistakes that a lot of women make (including myself) when starting out in our careers to help you avoid making […]

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How to Relax & De-Stress After Work

We all work so hard during the day and sometimes you just need to take a break. When we get home, we often just plop ourselves on the couch to “relax” but watching TV can be unfulfilling. There are so many different things you can do at home after work to de-stress and relax that don’t involve watching TV. Here are some of my favorite tips for de-stressing after work and feeling more relaxed! This post contains affiliate links **  Talk to Your Friends & Family I think this is so important to not only your health but also for […]

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Finding Work-Life Balance in a 24/7 World

Finding work-life balance can be hard, especially in this constantly connected world we live in. Here are my tips for finding a work-life balance.

Finding work-life balance can be so difficult, especially with this non-stop world we live in. We can access almost everything by just using our smartphones. Think about it – almost EVERYTHING can be accessed just by using that little rectangle that we carry around with us everywhere. While having easy access to any information we need, it can also be hard to find a work-life balance when you get constant updates on your phone. This is something that I always struggled with, especially because I thought that by always being available that I’d become a superstar at work. While it can […]

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How to Stand Out in an Entry Level Job

Standing out in an entry level job can be difficult, but follow these tips and you'll be on your way to success!

Whenever I go on Instagram or Facebook the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing so many graduation posts! With so many college graduations happening this month, that means more and more recent grads will be entering the workforce. I remember that feeling of being so excited to begin my career but also nervous at the same time. Being successful in my career was so important to me and I wanted to make sure that I started off right. I gave my first “big girl” job 110% and was able to really stand out in my entry-level job. I made sure […]

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How to Maximize a Day Off + Free Daily Planner

Tips for Maximizing a Day Off & Getting Stuff Done | Productivity Tips | The Sophisticated Gal

Let’s face it, we aren’t super humans and we can’t work 24/7 so sometimes we just need a day off! I recently took a day off just because, I didn’t really have many plans but knew I wanted a day to not worry about work, spend some more time with my loved ones and feel refreshed. Whenever I take a day off, I like to make sure that I can get some things checked off my to do list while still enjoying my day. Here are my tips for maximizing a day off so you can feel completely refreshed and […]

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The Best Career Resources for Young Women

There are so many different websites and blogs out there that it can be difficult to find the best places for career advice as a young woman. When I started my career and as a young woman entering the workforce, there were so many questions that I wanted to find answers to. Finding good career resources for young women can sometimes be challenging, especially if you don’t know where to look. I have found some great career resources that have given me great advice for my career and beyond, so I wanted to share them with you to make your lives […]

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Post-Grad Tips for Transitioning to the Real World

Post-grad tips to help you succeed in the real world

It’s almost the end of April already, which means many college students will be graduating and embarking on their professional journey. The post-grad transition isn’t easy, believe me I’ve been there! So I wanted to share some of my top post-grad tips to help make the transition a little easier. So long to the days of napping between classes and all-nighters to study for your finals. Hello steady paycheck, working 8 hours straight and making new work friends! There are so many advantages to working in the real world (like finally making some money) and some disadvantages (like sitting in front […]

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How to Be Seen as Leader at Your Company, Even as a Millennial

I am so happy to share my tips on how to be seen as a leader to help all you girl bosses move up in your careers! Being seen as a leader at your company is a great way to be recognized by other co-workers and helps you with getting promoted. I think something that a lot of millennials struggle with (myself included) is being taken seriously by other co-workers. Sometimes it feels like you’re judged for your age even though you perform well and bring good ideas to the table. After graduating from college, I remember that I wasn’t […]

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