Fuck, this is awesome.
@LookUponMyWorks Ditto - typical bachelor's degrees are 3 years here (can be longer if you do conjoint/double degrees). I've heard this sometimes works against expats who move to the US and get looked down on because of the shorter duration, but I think that's a little ridiculous.
I would've been absolutely screwed in any other era. I mean, MAYBE working in print media, but digital is where I excel.
@sallysitwell lurking New Zealander here :) Though from my Canadian friends I understand you guys have a much better way of dealing with unemployment than we do (not sure about other types of benefits though)
Fascinating stuff. My grandparents from the little I know were not very well off. My parents have done really well for themselves - scholarships, professional careers, paid for house, not yet at retiring age but no longer working full time. I fear I'm going to not reach the level of success they had. Things in a lot of ways are harder and more expensive now, and I have married 'down'.
Ghostwriting for clients with $$$ can be lucrative too! Maybe that's the next step for you.
@zimm First job, most people were older than me (say about 10 years). Second job, a bit more diversity, a few more young people. Current job is mostly people my age in 20s and 30s (though I suppose it helps I've aged up a little bit and am now mid 20s rather than early 20s), and as Megan wrote, the older people here are still pretty hip!
Our 4 month old benchtop oven's door no longer closes all the way. I should really dig out the warranty.
I love/hate that a grand would pay for a trip to Italy. (I'm just bitter because I couldn't even fly to Italy one way for a grand.)
You and I have reached similar conclusions despite having grown up in vastly different families. Mine had stability and enough money, and so that is my benchmark and I refuse to fall short of it.