Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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IvymereMarketing Assistant

Mine is a student job with my press – it’s a small university press but it has a great reputation across Southeast Asia for the books we publish. But being a marketing assistant here is great because my supervisor and manager are both awesome. They are wonderful and would probably not hesitate to write me a reference for any future jobs, especially if they are related to publishing. I’m not eager to stay in the marketing department were I to find another job in publishing or media but I can always work my way up or transfer.

:) 7 years ago


I start Feb 5! So I’m hanging up my lanyard and calling it quits at Borders (and with Santa Claus as my witness, I shall never work in retail again!)

The gig is with Penguin (specifically DK) and will hopefully lead to something in editorial. But I’m in, baby, I’m in!

;) 7 years ago

powerllamaA question

for obtaining an internship in this area, should i consider cold-calling newspapers? what is the proper way to go about this? thanks! 8 years ago

calaloola"educated, graduated but you can't get a job..." (michael franti)

Sing it, brutha…

I have a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Professional Writing and Editing (yes, one of those generic all-purpose, no-prospect-of-employment degrees :)). I’ve done community radio (presenting news) and TV (book reviews and interviews on ABC TV) as well as a bit of freelance editing and writing for a current affairs mag, online and an NGO. Blah blah. I’m lusting after a technical writing gig or an editorial job with Lonely Planet or a fiction publisher but have enough rejection slips and “we’re just looking for someone with more experience” voicemails to make you cry. Anyone having more luck than me on this one? Especially in Oz/Melbourne?

:) 8 years ago

Tiara ShafiqNow THIS deserves a "Maybe" rating.

I’ve had a couple of jobs in this line and they all differ.

BRATs was interesting – I managed some interesting assignments (including interviewing the PM of Malaysia!) and there’s plenty of community service too. I haven’t really been as active as I should, but I can always come back. I also write things for other papers too, and it’s fun to see your work published.

Channel [V] is, well, eh. Talking about celebrities, fashion, and gossip in an atmosphere that’s full of the same can be really tiring and tedious. It’s become superficial. The work ITSELF isn’t bad, it’s the subject matter that’s getting to me.

Let’s see if I continue this line. It’s been my dream for a while but is it still my dream now? 8 years ago

scorpio11983College is almost over.

I’ve worked in radio for years now, but it’s always been part time or college radio. When I graduate, I really want to dive into the field and get on-air as soon as possible. I never seem to hear young voices unless they’re on terrible radio stations. Does a younger person such as myself have any chance in large market (and mature) radio? 9 years ago

serenetestarting work tomorrow (Monday July 25)

yup! thank you everyone for all your kind words, support and encouragement.

am starting at the agency after that drawn-out process of four-hour test, interviews and trial days :)

wish me luck! i will probably add a few more Things as milestones for things i’ve got to learn in the first few months.

scary. but it is good :) 9 years ago

sereneteInterviewed for electronic pub job over the phone

It lasted about half an hour, and was probably the shortest interview I’ve ever had. However, it was a phone interview, maybe that made it different.

The bureau chief talked at length about my performance on the four-hour test, pointed out mistakes, etc, which I appreciated, then asked some questions about my resume, my plans, asked to read my thesis (see my No. 1 Thing To Do).

I came away from it feeling all right. I don’t think I’ll get it though, it looks like he wants someone with more experience, and have a feeling that I’m way under par in that category compared to the other applicants (who I think have more than 4 or 5 years experience and are much senior to me).

I’ll know by the end of the week. Until then I don’t want to think about it and will concentrate on the thesis, and looking around for other jobs.

Thank you everyone for your kind words and support :) 9 years ago

sereneteSent an application for another job

This time for something closer to my heart: it’s electronic. Hope to hear from them soon. Heh. 9 years ago

sereneteSecond interview request

Wednesday, June 8. I’m supposed to meet the Division Manager. Gulp.I have no idea what I’m doing. 9 years ago

sereneteAnother prelim editing test

Due Monday, gotta do some actual writing and interview questions. Pretty cool. Don’t know whether I’ll get anywhere with this job, but it’s a more interesting one than the one in the previous comments/entry. I did get an offer for that one, but declined since it was not a good fit for me. The people said they’d still want me there though in their second sweep for people in June, but we’ll see how this goes. 9 years ago

sereneteSoundtrack: Sha Na Na: Get A Job

By early 2005 I will have my MA in Journalism, and afterwards hopefully attending interviews for positions such as:

Legal/New Media : Editor, Researcher
Journalism : Editor, Journalist, Correspondent.

I am keeping myself open to working anywhere in the world! 9 years ago

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