Graduated Learning: Life after College

I got my degree, I got a job…now what?

I’ve been tagged June 30, 2008

Filed under: General Blogging — Stephanie @ 5:14 pm

I have to admit, I haven’t really done these memes since my livejournal days, but I figured I’d oblige Mariel in response to her post.

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Well, let’s see.  that means, what was I doing when I was 13.  Is that middle school?  I think so.  Middle school I was spending plenty of time being awkward…I guess I must have been finishing up 8th grade around this time 10 years ago…so I was probably looking forward to band camp (yeah, I know, I’ve heard the jokes and ridicule) and looking forward to high school.

2. Five items on today’s “to do” list:
1.  Go sign the assignment of a patent document to my former company

2.  Go to the library to pick up some DVDs and books.

3.  Follow up with companies

4.  Clean up my room

5.  Bake cookies or make some other dessert

3. What snacks do you enjoy?

Fresh fruit, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, pretzels

4. What would you do if you were a billionaire?

How did I become a billionaire?  Did I win the lottery?  Or have I been slowly building my fortune?  I’m assuming if I was slowly building it, I’d have already done many of the things I should do after winning the lottery…

So I’m thinking I’d have investment accounts to make sure I’m all set for retirement.  And make sure my family is all set for the rest of their lives.  And if I didn’t have kids (yet), I’d set aside money for them for college and beyond as well.  Once I’m sure that my investments are going to keep me comfortable for the rest of the foreseeable future, I’d be willing to donate money to assorted charities of interest.  Among them would be those for Alzheimer’s Disease research, Alternative Energy research, literacy promotion, and poverty assistance (both for local hungry as well as those in other countries who are even poorer than any of us could imagine).  I’d probably donate money for scholarships so students can go to schools that they otherwise couldn’t due to financial constraints.

5. Where would you live?

As a billionaire?  Hmmm, I’d still like to be in the Boston area…or travel to exotic locations and live there for a while.  But wherever my official house would be, it would probably be a combination of eco-friendly designs (solar cells, water collection, etc.) and utilization of older pieces, reusing pieces from older houses, thereby reducing the amount of waste that would occur (which is also eco-friendly, of course).  And I’m thinking I’d love to convert an old Victorian house with secret passageways and things of that nature to include the environmentally friendly upgrades.

Well, that’s it for the meme…and as the viral posts work, I get to name others to complete this survey…hmm.

I’ll tag:  Kendall, Money Maus, Mrs. Micah, and Penny.

Time to go inform them of their assignment.


My financial plan for after I get a new job June 26, 2008

Filed under: Personal Finance — Stephanie @ 11:44 am
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Don’t get too excited, I don’t have a new job quite yet.  But as usual, I’m thinking about finances.  Right now, of course, I’m in the hoarding mode when it comes to money.  Granted, before I lost my job, I was pretty good at saving money, but I also was more willing to pay down student loan debt or splurge on a few new outfits.  I’m looking forward to having a new job for plenty of reasons.  For starters, I’ll have a more structured, productive day doing something in my field of expertise (hopefully), as opposed to days home, scouring the internet for openings.  Secondly, it will be nice to have a little more money coming in.  I actually am not doing too badly right now, as I received a month’s severance, I’m collecting unemployment, and my Federal and State tax refunds and the stimulus package all came soon after I was laid off.  So, shoving most of that into savings helps me feel a little bit, well, safer.  I am also really looking forward to paying extra towards my student loans.  I know, that sounds so weird, but I’m thinking as soon as I’m making money on a regular basis, I’ll be able to either take a little bit out of savings, or I’ll use extra income beyond my budget to throw at my student loans.  I may have mentioned previously (or just commented on random other blogs) about how having a larger savings account right now feels better than paying off student loans, even though I’m earning less on interest in savings than I’m accruing in interest on my student loans.  So I’m not doing the “smart” thing when it comes to dealing with debts.  But I swear, as soon as I’m back on my feet, I’m going to go back to chopping down my student loan debt.

I’m looking forward to being challenged again.  I’m also looking forward to hopefully having a company health plan again, and maybe a 401(k)!  Yep, I think those are still things I’m looking for.  But I think I have to look at a job offer for what the job is actually going to be, not just salary or other benefits.  Because I’m pretty sure I’d rather get paid a little less to do what I love than to be paid a lot to be unhappy all the time…

We’ll see.  I’ll be sure to post when I get a job.  Who knows when that will be…two days, two weeks, two months?  As long as it’s not two years, I’m okay!

What are your priorities when looking for a job (or comparing offers)?  Location?  Benefits package?  Opportunities for growth?  Actual job description?  I’m just curious to see how different people prioritize when it comes to employment opportunities.  Are you thinking about your future, or just your present condition when you accept an offer?

Points to ponder, let me know what you think!


Chocolate Bar Buffet June 7, 2008

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely LOVE chocolate. And even if you don’t know me, now you know!

Last Saturday, I went to a chocolate buffet.

Yes, you read correctly. It was a buffet of chocolate. For a while now a few friends kept mentioning it and wondering aloud how I’ve never been there when I’m such a chocolate fan. So they invited me and my boyfriend out to the chocolate bar.   If you’re in Boston, you should definitely go.  It’s at the Langham Hotel in Boston.

Let me tell you…it was AMAZING! They had many different pastries, cookies, mousses, truffles, petite fours. They made chocolate crepes for you (en flambe, if you please!) with fresh fruit and other fillings. They made cold-stone style ice cream with your favorite fillings. There was a huge chocolate fountain for dipping, with strawberries, pineapple pieces, pretzels, marshmallows, and cake pieces nearby to dip. They were making cotton candy, freshly baked chocolate cookies, chocolate bread pudding. There were sampler “shots” (small glasses filled with dessert). The S’mores sampler included graham cracker crumbs, chocolate mousse, and marshmallow topping. They had dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate.  They had three different chocolate “soups” available; the soups were really just thick hot chocolates.  I was about to go for the dark chocolate soup (I love dark chocolate!) when I saw “Wicked Chocolate Soup”.  I knew I had to get that.  It was so good!  If you’d like, click here for a pdf of their menu.

I highly recommend you go.  It’s a bit pricey, at $35 per person for adults, but it’s something you should definitely try, even once.  Yes, it’s a bit overwhelming.  Yes, you’re probably going to end up stuffing yourself silly.  But it’s fun for a special occasion.  In fact, there was a bridal shower going on there that day…what an AWESOME idea!


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