Graduated Learning: Life after College

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

I got a new job! July 20, 2008

Filed under: Personal Finance — Stephanie @ 5:05 pm
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So, I was holding off posting this until everything was official.  But now I can spread the good news.  I actually got TWO job offers!  How exciting is that.  Yeah, I’m bragging a little bit…  I joked with my friends that this must be what hot girls feel like, when they get asked out by a ton of guys.

And in the end, I had to make a decision.  My friends also laughed at me, having the “problem of choosing between multiple job offers”.  And let me tell you, it was a tough decision.  Both offers were really interesting.  They had similar pay, and were both for the Boston Area.  There were many differences, however.  Job A was located in Cambridge, so I could take the bus there (though there would be a bit of walking to and from the bus stop).  I’d be working at another startup company, doing pretty interesting research.  Job B is a 20 minute drive from home (a “reverse commute”) at a large established company.  I’d have to buy a car or figure out some sort of sharing or carpool (more on that later).

I decided on the more established company in the end.  They have a lot of opportunities for growth and improvement, and I can try a lot of different projects within Materials Science research.  There’s also the possibility for tuition reimbursement and other educational opportunities.  And I think I wasn’t quite ready to jump into another startup company.  I think stability will be nice.

In the personal finance part of this decision, I’m luckily making money again…always good.  And my salary is higher than my last job, which is also pretty nice.  And they match my 401(k) up to 4%, which is pretty awesome as well.  On the downside, as I mentioned before, I’m likely going to have to buy a car, which will include gas and insurance as well.  I’ll have a post about car ideas later, but if you have any ideas or suggestions for buying a car, I’d love to hear them!

Well, tomorrow’s my first day.

Wish me luck!


12 Responses to “I got a new job!”

  1. CB Says:

    hey congrats on the job… i have some friends that reverse commute in boston, it seems to be ok. having a car can also be a blessing- think about all those weekend trips you’ll be able to take! worth the expense, and if your salary is higher, you can consider it as compensation for your new transportation costs.


  2. Kendall Says:

    Hey! I’ve read that a new car is never a good investment, but it’s also a pain to make sure the used car you’re buying isn’t a piece of junk with a new paint job. Just a thought. I’m looking into buying a car as well. I need to get pre-approved for up to such-and-such dollars so that when I find a car I like, I just say go! haha. Let me know how the car search goes. have fun at your new job!


  3. Congrats on the new job! I’m not familiar with the Boston area, but if there are carpooling options available to you, take advantage of them. If that is not an option, don’t buy a new car! Get a used one with a trusted, reliable brand.


  4. Mariel Says:

    Congratulations! Let me know what you think of it!


  5. Money Maus Says:

    Congratulations!! Way to go getting TWO job offers as well, that’s exciting. On the car front… I would go with what you can afford, or what you would be able to pay off in say 2-3 years.

    Also, I would Google “Ride Share” or “Commuting” because I am sure there are helpful websites out there, especially these days 🙂


  6. wkj2005 Says:

    congratations…just rember that work never ends..


  7. mixshop Says:

    I looking the new job which better than current job too.


  8. Forest Says:

    Just wanted to add my congratulations on the new job!


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