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Novicane
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"I see so many talented/hardworking people that are just too complacent. "


guilty as hell right here. Been same place for 5 years. I loved my flexibility. Work from home when i NEED to, go in whenever, leave whenever. Just get my projects done. I might put in 20 hrs of solid solid work. Rest is just meetings and checking the box. I love my free time and time with family.

4/17/2017 7:07:43 AM

jbrick83
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^ By your own admission, I don't think you're guilty of "hardworking".

[Edited on April 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM. Reason : .]

4/17/2017 8:29:54 AM

Novicane
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work smarter > work harder

4/17/2017 8:35:03 AM

ncsuallday
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^I agree there, too. I wish more jobs were based on deliverables and not just physically having my ass in an a chair for 40 hours a week just so they have piece of mind that I'm constrained to their oversight.

4/17/2017 9:34:03 AM

jbrick83
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^ Be your own boss.

^^ True.

4/17/2017 10:09:32 AM

ncsuallday
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you shouldn't have to own a company or be some freelancer to have that flexibility. a lot of places do already - it's a cultural thing that is changing and will change as more Internet savvy generations take leadership positions. there are certainly benefits to being in an office, though, and a lot depends on the type of work you do and the amount of autonomy and client interaction you have.

4/17/2017 11:37:16 AM

neodata686
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^This.

Yeah I work hard Monday-Thursday and often just take Friday's off to ski or head to the mountains. We don't track PTO and I just take time off when I want and can. If it's a larger 1-2 week chunk then I'll officially tell everyone I'll be gone and out of pocket but as long as you get your work done, can work remotely effectively, and take calls from anywhere then the whole 9-5 in office idea is kind of antiquated.

4/17/2017 3:30:05 PM

smoothcrim
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"Also, how are you going to grad school if you never finished undergrad?"

I just applied using mostly my resume, references, and links to things I'd built. The work and lessons aren't bad, but the time commitment is really for someone who doesn't have anything else to do besides school. Even at 1 class at a time, it's often a struggle.

4/17/2017 5:10:20 PM

sag1804
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You people are definitely more successful and make more money than me that is for sure. The one thing I can say though, is I enjoy life more than 95% of people...just wish I could have more money to do even more =)

4/18/2017 1:55:51 AM

crackaJdawg
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Major: Architecture
Job/Employer: Small Town - Planner Intern
Starting Salary: 20,000 in 2004
Benefits: none
Negotiate offer: tried
Location: small town Virginia
Hours per week: 40

Now, making close to 3 times that as a City Planner. 10.5 years in state retirement pension.

4/18/2017 5:02:15 PM

wolfpack0122
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No degree. Started in EE and switched to History and later dropped out. Fairly common

Initial job: Admin work with local custom home builder (2005)
$11/hr
No benefits
No negotiation
Location: greater Triangle area
40 hours/wk

Current job: PM with large residential construction company
$67K salary with quarterly bonuses that could total $10-$12K/yr, $400/mo vehicle allowance, $100/mo phone & data allowance
Benefits: 3 weeks PTO, 11 paid holidays, decent health/dental/vision, can work from home on occasion
No negotiation
Location: greater Triangle area
35-50 hours/wk

4/18/2017 10:06:35 PM

skaterjaws
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How does anyone like 3 weeks of vacation but making ^ type of money when you can't do anything with it?

Question for all....who would take 1200 less a year for 1 more week? also DOUCHE how do you even get into what you were stating with no to little savings?

4/18/2017 11:55:00 PM

David0603
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"How does anyone like 3 weeks of vacation but making ^ type of money when you can't do anything with it? "


wut?

4/19/2017 12:22:16 AM

jbrick83
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Maybe he didn't get past the $11/hr part?

4/19/2017 7:23:14 AM

Douche Bag
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Becoming a broker takes about a month and a few hundred dollars. Pretty easy process other than time commitment, which you should have plenty of.

Once you get licensed, residential firms will send letters kind of like after a speeding ticket. Hard to get into commercial without knowing someone, but you don't need a separate license.

4/19/2017 7:34:49 AM

ncsuallday
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I can't remember if I ever actually filled this out.

Major: Political Science, Master of International Studies, Master of Public Administration - Public Policy, PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (current)

Job/Employer: University Business/Program Manager
Starting Salary: $23/hour in 2010
Benefits: none but I worked remote 75% or so
Negotiate offer: No. I was surprised/thrilled to make that as a grad student. I had originally interviewed as an admin. assistant at what I thought was like $9 an hour and they came back with that offer. I thought I had hit the fucking lotto.
Location: Raleigh
Hours per week: 20 but I also interned at RTI International for 20 hours a week when I was out of school.

Job/Employer: Management Analyst / Administrative Officer for the National Institutes of Health
Starting Salary: ~52,000 2015 (GS-9)
Ending Salary: ~61,000 in 2016 (GS-11)
Benefits: Awesome Federal benefits. Flexible schedule with telework once a week or so. 12 annual leave days, 12 sick days, 14 Federal holidays a year.
Negotiate offer: Not able to
Location: RTP
Hours per week: 40

Job/Employer: Analytics Manager at a university...
Starting Salary: ~76,500 in 2016
Benefits: Main thing is the tuition waivers for my doctorate and flexibility in scheduling so I can take courses during the day if I need to. Being on campus is a benefit in itself and like 5 minutes from where I live. I think the state benefits are good - I pay like nothing for insurance, 14 annual leave, 12 sick days, 12 university holidays, supposed to get telework soon.
Negotiate offer: Yes and also negotiated my own office.
Hours per week: 40

[Edited on April 19, 2017 at 8:28 AM. Reason : social sciences 4 lyfe ]

4/19/2017 8:20:09 AM

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^I'm sure you get crazy good benefits, a pension and tons of sick time. Quality of life sounds good.

Unless you get into sales, I don't think you'll ultimately reach your peak potential, but sounds like you are in a good place.

4/19/2017 9:28:05 AM

WarPack
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Major: Civil Engineering
Job/Employer: Large Engineering Firm
Starting Salary: $59,150
Benefits: 10% 401k match, 2 weeks PTO
Negotiate offer: Nope
Location: Raleigh
Hours per week: 40

4/19/2017 8:19:38 PM

FloppyD3dot5
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Major: Business Administration
Job/Employer: Network Engineer @ Cisco Systems
Starting Salary: $62,000
Benefits: 4.5% 401k match, ~7% bonus, 3 weeks PTO
Location: RTP
Hours per week: 40+ depending on workload

4/19/2017 10:32:30 PM

LetsTAILGATE
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Seems this thread is getting a ton of action.
4 weeks is standard for what I would ask for or what I would want to be able to earn. Anything more is gravey train. At the same time, the said poster makes 67K so I am quite positive he could make a lot of after work Friday flights with that spending potential and get back late sunday/early Monday to keep the 3 weeks from evaporating!

4/20/2017 12:46:04 AM

Thecycle23
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Major: BA in PoliSci, minor in journalism, MS in communication
Job/Employer: Communications director for a trade association
Starting Salary: $130,000
Benefits: 6% 401k match, 6% profit sharing, annual bonuses, 4 weeks PTO, the usual insurance
Negotiate offer: Asked for a few more days PTO to get from 18 to 22 total
Location: Washington, D.C.
Hours per week: 40

4/20/2017 7:38:07 PM

willembahh
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major: BA in Poli Sci
Job: Sales - Waffle Mix
Salary: its commission - 50 to 60, could very well be more if I keep expanding the business
Benefits: all the regular stuff, and they give me a $250 clothing allowance
Location: Charlotte
Hours: ~40, depends of how hard you work and if you like to talk and lolligag

First job out of college and it pays double what most other CHASS-y type jobs wanted to pay. Downside is living in Charlotte. Would have liked to stay in Raleigh. I basically treat it like my own business, skys the limit on potential income

4/20/2017 10:23:35 PM

Wickerman
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Graduated May 09
Major: MS Mechanical Engineering
Job/Employer: Small Engineering Consulting (30 employees, learned a lot!)
Starting Salary: $40K (was lucky to find a job)
Ending Salary: Same (worked only for 1 year)
Benefits: 10 days paid vacation, 401k match upto 10%
Negotiate offer: no
Location: Durham, NC
Hours per week: 40-45

2nd Job

Job/Employer: Mid Size Engineering Consulting Firm
Starting Salary: $52K
Ending Salary: 75k (worked there for 6 years)
Benefits: standard benefits, 19 vacation days, shitty 401k match
Negotiate offer: no
Location: Started in Upstate NY, moved to Chicago
Hours per week: 40-45 was paid straight overtime

3rd Job

Job/Employer: Energy Consulting Firm
Starting Salary: $84K
Current Salary: $85k (still work here, been only 10 months)
Benefits: standard benefits, 10 vacation days, 10 Sick days, 3.5% 401k match, 4 days work form home
Negotiate offer: no
Location: Philly
Hours per week: 40
I make around $5-6k on the side from Real Estate another $1-2k from dividend income and minor stock trading. Hopefully will be able to scale my real estate up a decent amount in a 10 years or so and retire by 45. I'm 31 now.

[Edited on April 21, 2017 at 9:03 AM. Reason : .]

4/21/2017 8:48:56 AM

darkone
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I just applied for my first new job in 7 years. It feels odd.

4/21/2017 4:43:45 PM

richthofen
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"Hopefully will be able to scale my real estate up a decent amount in a 10 years or so and retire by 45. I'm 31 now."


Retire by 45? Damn, son. I'm 36 and the way I see it it'll be gravy if I can retire before 70.

5/2/2017 4:16:47 PM

darkone
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Either the company who posted the job I applied for is in no hurry to hire, I'm a terrible candidate, or it's a fake job listing to make it look like they're growing to potential investors.

5/2/2017 4:19:26 PM

ncsuallday
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man I applied to like 50 jobs just at where I work now before I took this one (interviewed for maybe 3-4 others and the fit wasn't right). gotta cast a wide net in job searches nowadays.

I wonder the percentage of jobs posted that are seen all the way through to an actual hire (don't lose funding, get reposted, etc.) and don't have an internal or referred candidate pretty much already guaranteed. And even if you get over that hurdle, then the actual competition begins.

5/2/2017 5:19:20 PM

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