A Pie in the Life is a weekly series featuring an personal finance and career interview and pie chart budget from professionals around the web!
What is your job title? Or title(s)!
Flagger (and you can read more about that here). Basically, a flagger provides traffic control in road construction. While it is a somewhat dangerous and thankless job, it does keep me outdoors, which I prefer over having a desk job.
How long have you had this job or been in this industry?
How did you get your job? Describe the interview and/or training process you went through.
I was looking at listing on Craigslist and it seemed interesting. The company was in desperate need for flaggers for a new project and I got an email saying I was hired half an hour after sending my resume. I initially thought it was a scam. I had to go to a two day training course in which I had to get certified for the job and get drug tested, along with actually learning how to perform the job.
Is this job your dream job? If not, what would you do if you could be guaranteed a $500,000 per year salary doing it (besides watching TV…)?
No. It’s actually the most boring and frustrating job I’ve ever had. I am trying to enter the field of hydrology, but that may require going back to school for my training. Besides that, I would really love to be an astronaut. :)
What are your top 3 budget priorities right now?
1) Paying down debt. Between car loan, student loans, home loan, and credit card debt, we owe over $60,000.
2) Emergency fund. Our emergency fund is currently $3000, which is about 1 1/2 months worth of expenses. Want to increase that to 6 months.
3) Save for retirement. Our retirement accounts are atrocious. $5k saved between the two of us.
You can see my progress as I track my net worth on my blog.
What career advice or financial advice do you have for a 20-something who is just entering the workforce?
Never quit a job unless you have a replacement for it. And make sure that replacement is in writing. My sister-in-law quit her job after getting an offer from another company, but her boss created a stink and the new company withdrew the offer, leaving her out of work.
Where to start! Career-wise, I am always fascinated by people who can find legitimate jobs on Craigslist, despite the fact it obviously worked out for Edward and until recently I had a coworker who found our company on Craigslist.
I can also appreciate the bittersweet “get it in writing” mantra. Sometimes you have to ask for it, but never make a move without something official written on paper.
And then the fun part: Andrew’s Pie Chart Budget!
Edward is bad-a#$ if I may say so myself. A whopping 42+% of his hard-earned income going right back to himself in the form of savings and retirement — a beautiful way to work!
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