From Sofa to Success

martinis and your money

From Sofa to Success

Today I am talking to my 26-year old sister Megan who has had quite the interesting career path since graduating from college three years ago. Like many of Megan’s peers, Megan graduated without any job offers and essentially no job prospects. She returned home and developed a case of what she and her friends called “PGD” or Post Grad Depression. Not long after she developed PGD, my dad informed her that she had until the end of August to find a job and move out, and for those of you who don’t know my dad, he was not kidding with this threat.

What are We Drinking?

TBC = True Blood Cocktail

The summer of Megan’s Junior year of college, she had an internship and lived in NYC; however, every Sunday she would take the train up to the suburbs where I lived, eat dinner with us and watch True Blood. If you haven’t seen the show True Blood, it’s about vampires among us and to keep from feeding on people, they drink this concoction called True Blood which is synthetic blood. So my hubby created a cocktail that looked like the synthetic blood and we called it the True Blood Cocktail or TBC. It is incredibly yummy and definitely fun to drink while watching vampires.

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Chambord

1 oz St. Germain (elderflower liquor)

Splash of sparkling wine

You shake the first three ingredients together over ice, pour into martini glass and top with sparkling wine. Cheers!

Podcast Notes

  • Megan talks about what it was like to graduate from college without a job and an ultimatum from her dad
  • Megan shares her experiences in her first job out of college and how that led to a job at a dream company for her
  • We discuss the importance of being a self-advocate in the workplace even if it’s an uncomfortable role to play
  • Megan shares a recent setback and how she managed through it without burning any bridges along the way

Random Three Questions:

  1. What is your favorite place to discount shop?
  2. What is your guilty pleasure movie?
  3. What is your favorite cheap NYC activity?
The Bandit wine box that Megan mentioned during the podcast.
The Bandit wine box that Megan mentioned during the podcast.

Did you graduate from college with a job? If not, how long did it take you to find one? If so, did you love your first job right out of school?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


  1. I didn’t quite have a job when I was done with school. I had a part-time job delivering the student paper, which I was allowed to continue for two quarters. And I worked part-time at the university. I definitely didn’t like that job, but it paid a good hourly wage.

    I then tried a full-time job, but my health couldn’t handle that. (It didn’t do so well with two part-time jobs either.) But I needed the money, so I went and got a job at a small, bi-weekly paper. It kept my head just barely above water.

  2. I also interned the summer before my last year of University and that turned into a full time job after I finished school. However, one of my friends didn’t have a job offer and start getting down on herself. After afew months she applied to a temp agency and got a temp job at an insurance company. That turned into a full time position.

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