gra-dult-hood n.

1. A stage in life between graduation and adulthood.
2. Gradulthood often involves jobs that don't fulfil a graduate's expectations.
3. A term coined during the recession.

A Gradult goes to a conference.

As far as I’m aware, I have never been to a conference. So attending the Next Generation event (part of the wider Nations and Regions Media Conference) yesterday was quite exciting. The aim of this post isn’t to review the conference, but to highlight a couple of points that were made that I think are interesting, and related to Gradulthood.

The first thing that caught my attention was Alex Connock (CEO of production company Ten Alps) describing the post-graduation employment market as a ‘gig economy’, full of ‘hustlers’. Referring to the music industry, this description is a term for the situation many of us find ourselves in, undertaking small gigs in many different places in the hope of getting a crucial break. A very apt assessment of many peoples experience of Gradulthood, at the end of the day we have to be willing to dig in; to hustle a bit.

Secondly, Justine Potter of Savvy productions said,

“If you’re not on Twitter, you’re mad”

If I’m not writing about fish, I’m writing about Twitter these days (Gradulhood jobs: Twitter), but it’s nice to hear someone say how important they think Twitter is, rather than just read about it. Justine believes the site to be crucial in networking your way through a media career, and I’m sure it relates to many other industries as well. It’s also really addictive, and if you have a smartphone, it can help pass time on public transport.

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