Should You Take an Unpaid Internship? (Ep. 147)

The unpaid internship: the universe’s method of mocking those who have finally been offered a summer job. An unpaid position can have unexpected benefits down the road, but it can also be a huge waste of time. If you have to consider taking an internship pro bono, how can you tell the difference?

In this episode, we talk about:

  • When to consider an unpaid internship, if at all
  • What to do if you can’t afford to take an unpaid internship
  • How, when, and why to send a thank you letter

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The Art of the Phone Interview (Ep. 146)

Let’s be honest: many of us can’t even order a pizza over the phone without risking a panic attack. But if that’s the case, whatever shall we do when we’re trying to order a job opportunity instead of a pizza with grapes?

In this episode, we talk a bit about how to prepare for a phone interview, along with:

  • When to start thinking about jobs
  • How to know if you’ve been productive enough

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How to Choose Where to Live After College (Ep. 145)

Getting a job is already daunting enough, but should you let the job search decide where you move after college or the other way around?

In this episode, we’ll be talking a bit about which variables to look at when deciding where to go after graduation, along with these fine questions:

  • Should I take five classes in a day?
  • How can I build on a shallow resume if I have little to no experience?

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5 Questions on Starting Your Own Business (Ep. 144)

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” These wise words, uttered by the great Shawn Carter, are something all entrepreneurs can aspire to. But how does one actually go about becoming a business, man?

In this episode, we’re going to be answering these questions to find out:

  • How can I prepare for starting my own business over the next few years?
  • What advice would you give your 19-year-old self about college and careers?
  • What do you believe is the key to a successful business plan and a happy life?
  • How can I learn business if I’m not taking a degree in it?
  • What is your secret to learning computer programming languages?

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Should You Pay Attention to Lectures? (Ep. 143)

Another day, another PowerPoint presentation. Sometimes it can feel like a Microsoft Office-based purgatory. But while you’re drifting off thinking about the newest episode of Dragon Ball Super, what else might your professor be talking about?

In this episode, we’ll be talking about whether you should pay attention to your classroom lectures, along with:

  • How to use Twitter professionally
  • Which email to use when signing up for online accounts

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How to Keep Track of What You Study (Ep. 142)

We talk a lot about productivity systems, but they aren’t always as simple as they should be — should you be strict and results-focused, or flexible enough to follow inspiration?

If you decide the latter is the best answer for you, you may eventually find yourself neglecting a few of your more un-inspirational subjects.

Today, we’ll be talking about a few ways to meet this challenge, and:

  • How to email your professors
  • How to ask for a letter of recommendation

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Staying Productive When You’re Sick (Ep. 141)

When it feels like your face is melting, it can be pretty hard to concentrate on anything — not to mention if you have anything more than a simple cold or sinus infection ailing you. Unfortunately, assignments and exams aren’t always so forgiving.

So today, we’ll be talking a bit about what to do when you’re sick but still feel the need to be productive.

We’ll also be talking about:

  • Actually sticking to your schedule
  • Remembering things from previous lessons and classes

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What We Learned from Reading “Deep Work” (Ep. 140)

Listeners! Today we’ll be mixing up the recent Q & A format to bring you a conversation about what we learned from reading Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport.

This serves as a more personal sequel to episode 100 of the podcast, where I got the chance to interview Cal Newport himself about the concept of deep work and why it’s so important in the internet age.

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