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New Job!

October 19th, 2011 at 04:38 pm

I can check off (most) of my Goal #1 for 2011--in fact, I've made good progress on all four of my yearly goals!

I finally landed a salaried job with benefits at a small CPA firm that will allow me to finish the CPA license requirements, although I won't have the necessary 400 audit/assurance hours by year's end. I expect to be able to apply for my license next summer.

I'm very excited about the job--it seems a great fit, as it starts out at a junior level, which is appropriate for me as a career changer, but there's a lot of potential for moving up at a good pace, which fits my 20 years of professional experience in another business (I was a professor in an unrelated field.) It's that potential for moving up which I had lost with my last career which led me to change careers in the first place.

The job is also mostly tax with some audit, and that fits my interests as well. I'm very happy to have landed at a small firm, where you do more of a variety of tasks, than at a large one, where you specialize more.

As an entry level job, the position comes with a salary that is about $15K less than I once made, but also considerably more than I made while combining unemployment compensation with part-time income. This will allow me to stop going into debt and start getting out. I need to make a plan for getting out of debt and saving for both short-term goals (my car is a 1998 with 150K miles so I expect to have to replace it within a few years) and retirement.

First, however, I am going to go get myself new glasses, pay for minor roof repairs to be done before winter comes, and buy myself a second business suit in preparation for my first month at the job.

6 Responses to “New Job!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Congratulations!! I'm sure it feels good to get that checked off your list.

  2. littlegopher Says:

    Wonderful news - sounds like the new job is a good fit!

  3. patientsaver Says:

    Congrats, big time. If it was me, I'd be going nuts creating lists of all sorts of things, just to catch up on all the deferred expenses, and trying to figure out the best way to divvy up my new paycheck. One can dream...

    Ironically, Dido, I got a call from H&R block today about a marketing job I applied for with them. I was a bit surprised they called as it would be a bit of a stretch...not a pure writing job like I'm used to but more of a marketing project mgr job leading the way on various promotional and branding stuff.

  4. Dido Says:

    Oh yes, I'll dream, PatientSaver, but I'm not nearly as good at deferring expenses as you are! There are several things that I have spent money on during the past couple of years that I have justified as things that will save me money or help me earn more money in the long run, so I suspect I have much less of a dam of those deferred expenses built up than you have.

    Yes HRB is big into promotion...after first year, they teach you some marketing skills to help you get your own clients, and their compensation for their tax preparers is partly based on your ability to get new clients. The other job you interviewed sounds like a better fit, but any employment is good until the ideal job comes through--so good luck on both counts!

  5. Jerry Says:

    I hope that you have some health insurance with the new gig to offset the glasses costs, which can be substantial. So glad that you got a new position, and it sounds like it leads to a great fit for you. Good luck!
    Jerry

  6. Dido Says:

    Yes, health insurance is included, but doesn't start until Dec. 1, and the glasses are all bought and paid for. Still, I'll save over $300 a month on health insurance...that pays for the glasses in about a month and a half!

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