the truth about: v-day

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Hi Pearls,

 

 

 

Love is in the air- valentine´s day is coming soon... Every February 14, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. I was totally overwhelmed by all the advertisement, special offers and expectations I got the last weeks and days. I thought about all the different opportunities – but what would I like to get? What would I like to give? Moreover, who is this mysterious Saint, and where did these traditions come from?

 

 

 

I have read many articles about all the different stories and traditions. According to the one I like the most, a legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually, sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he had fallen in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. More interesting facts about Valentine's day you can find here.

 

Whatever the traditions are- For me Valentine’s Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship.

 

 

 

I was so inspired by all the impressions and feelings that I chose to design a poster with all the places I have been with the ones I love the most. I decided to make myself a present to search the pictures and to remember all the memories and to give one to each person I love.  I´ve ordered the posters here. It´s a print partner service I know from business. The quality is great and it´s easy to handle. I´m really happy with the decision I have made.

 

 

I´m looking forward to seeing how my partner, family and best friends will like my Valentine´s gift. If not, they will definitely love my blueberry-cheese-cake muffins <3…

 

 

 

Well, I think the best strategy or way to find the right gift or the right thing to do is the same as in business - always choose the one you would like for yourself. It´s something very individual- like a dream job J and your “Valentine” will love it.

 

 

 

Lots of Love,

 


Amelie

 

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The truth about - co-operative master degree & Life update

Hi Pearls,

 

I spent the whole summer weekend with my new love - MY MASTER THESIS.

 

Sounds better than it’s actually is. I'm in the last chapter of my student life (finally) and I'm working on my master thesis right now.  I decided to give you a better impression on what I think about a co-operative master study & how you can survive an adventure like this.

 

WHY HAVE I STARTED TO STUDY AND WORK ON THE SAME TIME?

 

I already passed my bachelor degree with a co-operative program and so I experienced the advantage of working & studying on the same time. The advantages are gaining experience, while earning money. If you want to get your master degree (at least in Germany) beside work, you need to plan +10k study fees. I started because I got a promotion from work. That means that my company took over all the fees. I think it was also a great chance to grow my skills while finishing my academic career with a master degree.

 

HOW CAN I COMBINE BOTH?

 

Honestly, it is very difficult. In my case I had to go to University every Wednesday & Friday evening and on Saturdays. So the last two years my weekend mostly consists on the Sunday & during exam periods there was no weekend at all. But this is no reason not to start with a master study, but you should ask yourself if you can live with that situation for a while. To combine both you need the support of your management & your colleagues and of course a very good time management. It’s all about setting priorities.

WOULD I START AGAIN?

 

YES and NO. I definitely underestimated the amount of work and time, I had to invest in this degree. Sometimes I had the impression it’s too much effort for the result I get at the end. But skipping is never (!) an option & so I’m proud that I hopefully can call myself Master of disaster soon.

 

I would also start again, because my company pushed and supported the study program. This is one of the most important parts. If your company don’t support your degree, it’s much harder to finish with a successful result. And If I look back now, all the experience I made in terms of time management, skills, new contacts…there are now open doors, I never ever have imagined.

 

WHAT’S NEXT? LIFE UPDATE

 

My plan is to finish my master thesis in August and to take September off to travel. I haven’t booked any flights yet, but California & Bali is on my list.

 

I also decided to start blogging on a more regular base. Maybe some of you already recognized that I took over the blog. I started this blog with the vision to create a platform for young career women on their way to the top & I want to continue with many more interesting content about career topics, interviews etc. ...!

 

I already shared my thoughts about moving abroad and it’s still on my long term career plan. For now I decided to stay in Germany, but there will be some big changes coming up in autumn. So stay tuned…I can’t wait to tell you more!

 

All the best,

 

Amelie

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The truth about why the generation y is unhappy

Hi Pearls,

 

have you ever asked yourself what happiness means? Happiness is Reality - Expectations. Sounds simple, but the truth is, it's not & especially if you belong (like us) to the Generation Y, there is a long way ahead till happiness.

 

A few weeks ago we found this article  about "Why the Generation Y is unhappy" at one of our fav websites (http://waitbutwhy.com). We count us as members of this Generation & of course we were more than curious to find out more about about.

 

The article is about Lucy. Lucy is a GYPSY, that means Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies.

 

In a nutshell: Lucy’s parents were born in the 50s—they’re Baby Boomers.  They were raised by Lucy’s grandparents, members of the G.I. Generation, or “the Greatest Generation,” who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II, and were most definitely not GYPSYs.

 

With a smoother, more positive life experience than that of their own parents, Lucy’s parents raised Lucy with a sense of optimism and unbounded possibility (Generation Y kids think THEY ARE SPECIAL).  And they weren’t alone.  Baby Boomers all around the country and world told their Gen Y kids that they could be whatever they wanted to be, instilling the special protagonist identity deep within their psyches (GENERATIONS Y are AMBITIOUS AND DELUSIONAL)

 

This left GYPSYs feeling tremendously hopeful about their careers, to the point where their parents’ goals of a green lawn of secure prosperity didn’t really do it for them.  A GYPSY-worthy lawn has flowers.

GYPSIS thinks they are special. So why is this delusional?  Because this is what all GYPSYs think, which defies the definition of special:

spe-cial| ‘speSHel |
adjective
better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.

 

According to this definition, most people are not special—otherwise “special” wouldn’t mean anything. (TRUE)

Even right now, the GYPSYs reading this are thinking, “Good point…but I actually am one of the few special ones”—and this is the problem.

 

A second GYPSY delusion comes into play once the GYPSY enters the job market.  While Lucy’s parents’ expectation was that many years of hard work would eventually lead to a great career, Lucy considers a great career an obvious given for someone as exceptional as she, and for her it’s just a matter of time and choosing which way to go.  Her pre-workforce expectations look something like this:

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