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In this podcast episode, The Niche Movement founder Kevin O’Connell interviews contributing editor Jessica Lutz. Jessica describes herself as “a directionless soul turned writer and podcaster with a penchant for helping others work through periods of uncertainty and potential change.” She is a writer and podcaster and her content can be found on her website overcomingunderemployment.com.

Kevin and Jessica discuss her past as a first generation college student, the familiar story of realizing you don’t enjoy your major after it’s too late to change, pushing your comfort zone, and taking risks for personal growth. Jessica is also a contributor to Forbes, where she writes about underemployment, a topic she discusses thoroughly with Kevin, and other subjects revolving around millennials and money.

Jessica’s main advice for young people trying to get a job is to keep at it. It can take a long time, but if you keep pursuing your goals, a door will be opened for you. She recommends reading Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang. Building a tolerance to rejection is especially important for young people in the job market, but an ability to handle rejection will keep you from giving up entirely. Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn.

Listen to the episode with Jessica below and subscribe on iTunes:

Transcript of Podcast here.

This post is written by The Niche Movement founder Kevin O'Connell and contributing editor Jessica Lutz and cross-posted from The Niche Movement, a community of young professionals helping you find the work you love. The Niche Movement is a collaborating partner with Punch-In.

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Comment by Jennifer Mundl on December 4, 2018 at 11:32am

I found your ideas encouraging to everyone. I am a professional who works with mental health issues and technology. The hard work is for the person and their support team. Even though, I am a professional within this area, it is the day-to-day struggle which is so in powering and exasperating.

Comment by Adrienne Kleinman on November 14, 2018 at 5:36am

This was such a wonderful podcast--thanks so much for sharing! I really admire Jessica for her authenticity and willingness to be open about her struggles. Her story is so very relatable! 

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