Introducing a weekly series A Pie in the Life, featuring an personal finance and career interview and pie chart budget from professionals around the web!
Our first A Pie in the Life post is that of a Library Media Specialist known here simply as Jess. Here is a short interview to give you an idea of Jess’s financial background and personality. Enjoy!
How long have you had this job or been in this industry?
I have been in this general industry for the better part of 5 years, this particular position for 1 year.
How did you get your job? Describe the interview and/or training process you went through.
I took an administrative assistant position in this department and loved it here, then was offered a new and perfect position for me last spring in the same department.
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…)?
Yes, it is my dream job at this point in my career and schooling. I would work here at least part time, even if I won the lottery! I hope to move up in to a grander position within the next 5 years after I finish my Masters degrees. Come to think of it, I would rather be a rock star…. but this is a great gig, too.
Are you saving for anything fun right now?
Right now, I am rounding up my unnecessarily-large down payment on a future fabulous house, plus grad school tuition for my second degree this fall. And for the real fun stuff, my annual Las Vegas trip!
That career advice or financial advice do you have for a 20-something who is just entering the workforce?
Save up as much money as you possibly can when working, especially in the beginning. You never know when you might lose your job or a big bill might come along. Living reasonably lean is worth it because you building a cushion to save yourself major stress in the event of a terrible financial change of events. Shop at discount stores and hit sales for necessities whenever possible. Treat yourself sometimes, too, because you are only young once! Buy a gently used car and take care of it, don’t go into debt over a brand new one.
Do the best job you can even in a non-ideal position because you never know what better job might be around the corner. If you an unemployed, take any crappy job you can because prospective employers seem to look much more favorably upon those who currently have a job.
So, a few things. First: yes, you read that correctly. Jess is working towards multiple Masters degrees, and paying for it all herself! This alone is enough street cred for being a frugal phenomenon, but my favorite part is that frugal doesn’t mean deprivation. Annual Las Vegas trip? Down payment? It sounds like someone simply knows what they want and budgets for it to make it happen.
And then the fun part: Jess’s Pie Chart Budget!
Here’s a hint: Jess is the master of practice what you preach, because WOW, look at those savings!
I can’t speak for JHubbs (okay… I can) but this is a pie chart I will be coming back to when I need inspiration to get out of doubt. My hands-down favorite part is the lack of a debt category. I mean, wow. Could you even imagine how awesome that must feel?
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