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McKayla Girardin


McKayla Girardin is an NYC-based writer with Forage. McKayla is experienced at transforming complex concepts into easily digestible articles to help anyone better understand the world we live in. McKayla is passionate about writing high-quality content that matters and helping others find fulfillment in their careers.

McKayla received her B.A. in Political Science and Russian from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine - her hometown. Outside of her professional writing, she loves writing poetry and short fiction and often spends too much time in used bookstores. McKayla also is a voracious reader and a collector of antique books and vinyl.

Favorite Career Advice

Your starting point is not your ending point. Be open to new opportunities to learn and grow.

Experience Highlights

  • 2+ years of experience writing in the finance and business space.

Latest Articles

First-Generation College Student Career Barriers (and How to Overcome Them)

I was a first-generation college student, and while I’ve held numerous jobs over the past decade, the struggles that began in college still have a lasting effect on me today. Unfortunately, many of the issues we first-generation college students (or first-gens) face during college or university don’t stop after graduation. Being a first-gen in the …

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First gen college students post graduation career barriers
Bank of America Internships Guide: Programs and Application Tips

Bank of America internships allow students to explore career options and build real-world skills at one of the world’s most prominent retail, corporate, and investment banks. Bank of America offers over 15 different internship programs, providing a range of options for nearly any banking and financial services area.  In this guide, we’ll discuss the types …

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Guide to Ford Internships: Programs and Application Tips

Ford internships allow students and recent graduates to explore their career options and build real-world skills with a global automotive leader. Ford offers internships in a variety of business areas, including marketing, creative design, finance, and engineering. In this guide, we’ll go over the types of programs available and give you tips and tricks to …

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Ford Internships, working at ford
What Is LeetCode?

LeetCode is a coding and programming interview practice tool that helps beginners and professionals prepare for careers in technology. Some major companies rely on LeetCode or similar platforms to test applicants’ coding skills. However, students and professionals also use the platform to work with peers and expand their technical skills.  What Is LeetCode Used For? …

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LeetCode: What is it and how to use it to prepare for technical assessments
What Is HackerRank?

HackerRank is a programming practice platform that provides competitive challenges and tests for learning skills and preparing for technology careers. Many major employers, like Google and Meta, use HackerRank or similar platforms to assess the coding skills of potential candidates. However, students and seasoned professionals can also use HackerRank to work collaboratively with peers and …

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HackerRank Tests
Coding vs. Programming: What’s the Difference?

The primary difference between coding vs. programming is the level of responsibility. Both require strong programming skills. But while coding is simply the act of writing code, programming means applying code to practical situations, like software or mobile application development.  What Is Coding? Coding is the process of writing, testing, and troubleshooting computer code — …

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Programming vs Coding
What Is Due Diligence?

Due diligence is the process of investigating, researching, and analyzing a potential decision before making a choice. Lawyers and investment bankers often perform due diligence on large-scale transactions to ensure their clients make informed decisions. However, everyone engages in due diligence whenever they read reviews or compare options before making a purchase.  Due Diligence Meaning …

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Professionals investigating information, performing due diligence