Using My Major on Alicia Menendez Tonight

Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to do something all college graduates dream of — use my major.

Almost three years after graduation I had the opportunity to put that broadcast journalism training to good use while doing a segment for Alicia Menendez Tonight on Fusion. We chatted strategies for retirement and how it’s possible for millennials to leave the work force early (as outlined in a DailyFinance post I wrote in November).

The full segment can be found below. Plus, it felt pretty legit to be the opening act to a personal finance heavy-hitter like Suze Orman who had a segment later in the show.

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31 comments on “Using My Major on Alicia Menendez Tonight
  1. That’s awesome that you had a segment on the same show as Suze Orman! Also it’s funny how many people don’t use their college major on a day-to-day basis, seems like it’s more and more each year.
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    • Broke Millennial says:

      Thanks, DC! I was really excited but a little glad she wasn’t in the same studio (I filmed in NYC and she was in Miami). I might have been a bit intimidated if she had been there to listen in.

      I guess I technically use my major because it was Journalism/Mass Communications and I work in PR…but I don’t use my broadcast focus at all.

  2. Congratulations! That’s a great opportunity. I bet it went well, because you knew what you were doing, unlike me if I were in the same situation!

    • Broke Millennial says:

      Haha, thanks Anne. I’m glad I just didn’t come off nervous and blush like a crazy person. My whole body flushes when I get anxious and I look like a tomato.

  3. Erin this is so awesome! Congrats, what a great interview!
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    • Broke Millennial says:

      Thanks, Dee! It was such a fulfilling opportunity. I also like watching this kinds of things back to figure out where to improve for the (hopefully) next time.

  4. Dear Debt says:

    Erin, nice segment! You look great and sound great! I’ve started to throw $50 a month towards retirement, even though my main focus is on being debt free. Once, I am debt free I can’t wait to significantly increase that and focus on that as my next goal.
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    • Broke Millennial says:

      I’m really glad to hear you’re still putting money towards retirement even in debt. I think it’s so important to start ASAP and watching that sweet, sweet compound growth. I understand it can be hard to reconcile with debt repayment and compound interest working against you…

  5. Alicia says:

    This is awesome – Congrats Erin! I love the outfit, and how you’re not nervous. I can public speak fairly well, but I think throwing in the cameras, etc… I’d be toast.

    • Broke Millennial says:

      Thanks, Alicia. I was really nervous, but glad it came off like I wasn’t. A friend of mine actually works in daytime TV so she came and helped me pick out my outfit. Bright colors are the way to go!

  6. Mr. NYBudget says:

    Nicely done. It’s so great that you are stepping outside of your blog and reaching people who are not actively searching for personal finance on the web.
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    • Broke Millennial says:

      Thank you. I really would like to find a way to continue with this line of work too. It’s a great way to reach out to folks.

  7. Well done Erin! I think you handled yourself professionally and did an awesome job.
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    • Broke Millennial says:

      Thank you Grayson! Professional was really the angle I was going for too! I was up with some heavy-hitters.

  8. Great job Erin! How cool! Well I think I missed that early retirement boat. lol! But that’s ok…I still feel young and have many more working years…just hopefully soon completely enjoyable working years ahead of me.
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    • Broke Millennial says:

      I think most folks miss the early retirement boat! Unless I sold a start-up for mega-millions I don’t see it happening for me either. I too hope for enjoyable working years though for a majority of my career.

  9. Fantastic interview, Erin! 🙂 You did a great job and looked beautiful too!! What a great opportunity for you and I’m glad you’re helping other millennials (and others too!) become more financially literate.

    • Broke Millennial says:

      Thank you, Shannon! I’m hoping to keep on trucking along and making this a semi-regular type of occurrence. I really loved the experience.

  10. eemusings says:

    Woohoo! You are killing the brand building – you’ll be way ahead if you decide to go the financial planner route later on.
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    • Broke Millennial says:

      That is certainly a thought! Even if I decide to go the apply to b-school route, I think it’ll help with that too.

  11. Great job, Erin!!!
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  12. Matt Becker says:

    Nice work! You really sound and look great, which I know isn’t easy when you’re not used to being on TV. Man, you really know how to get everywhere!
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  13. Congrats Erin! Good work!
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  14. David says:

    Congratulations!
    It was great to hear your opinions in a video, and not just reading it on a post. You make great points!
    I definitely agree that you should invest your money in 401(k)and an IRA, because the more money made, the merrier.
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    • Broke Millennial says:

      Thanks, David. I’m always baffled when co-workers don’t contribute to our company’s 401k. There are very few valid excuses for neglecting to sign up!

  15. Wow. Great job. Congratulations!
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  16. J$ says:

    SO COOL!! We know a famous person now!! 🙂
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