Cosmopolitan (USA)

“Following your passion is bul lsh* t ” and other adv ice for the c l ass of 2020

Gather round for story time from your elders, aka those who graduated during the last big recession.

- By JESSICA GOODMAN

Throw traditiona­l job-hunting rules out t he window and get realistic.

“In downtimes, you don’t have much control over the opportunit­ies that are presented to you, so ‘following your passion’ is bullshit. My experience after graduating in 2007 was like riding on a raft, grabbing on to any opportunit­ies within reach. I held on to the ones that were interestin­g and used them to pull myself along. And I used the miserable ones to launch myself in a different direction. As I’ve floated down the river, I’ve collected a ton of ideas and experience­s that I carry with me—and that make me very good at my job, even if it’s a million miles away from where I started.”

—LILLIAN PO NT I USGOLD B LAT T,

35, strategy director at a marketing agency

“It’s not about what you want—it’s about what you need. And necessity is the mother of being open- minded so you can get paid. I majored in journalism, but my first job was not a ‘journalism’ job. I thought I’d be breaking news. Instead, I wrote tips on how to style pillows. (Note: I say this as someone who loves to style pillows.) Point is, taking that job was a toehold. You may not start where you want to be. But every job will bring you closer to where you’re trying to go.”

—ELIZABETH K IE F ER,

33, features editor ( at this here magazine, where she finally landed her dream job!)

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