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Using My Major on Alicia Menendez Tonight

   Posted On: January 7, 2014  |    Posted In: Millennials  |     Posted by: Broke Millennial®

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 responses to “Using My Major on Alicia Menendez Tonight

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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…

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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!

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