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!
This week’s A Pie in the Life post is that of Associate Project Manager (and general Web Diva) Sally! Stay tuned for the interview…
What is your job title?
Associate Project Manager.
How long have you had this job or been in this industry?
I’ve been in this job for less than a year but in this industry (web design/development) for over 10 years.
How did you get your job? Describe the interview and/or training process you went through.
I found this job through a great listserv I’m on that is managed through DC Web Women. This is a fantastic resource for women who work in technology in the Washington, DC area.
I had a phone interview with my boss, and we really hit it off. Then, I met her and the other two owners for lunch and that’s all she wrote.
I wasn’t super qualified for this job – I had never been a project manager and had always worked more on the production end of the web world. But I really hit it off with the owners, and I think that mattered to them more. It’s a very small company so the right personality fit is very important.
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…)?
I really dislike working. My goal at this point is to retire as early as possible – I’m shooting for 50. I think if I could make 500K doing it, I’d walk dogs for a living. Then I’d take them home and nap with them.
What effect do you think that your family history has had on the way you manage your money? Which family member do you think you are most like, financial-habits speaking?
My parents were very frugal – they both grew up fairly poor and they knew how to squeeze a penny till it squealed. So I know I got my frugality (my husband calls it stinginess) from them. I don’t consider myself ungenerous, though, and neither were my parents. I just don’t buy a whole lot of stuff I don’t need.
As you’ll see from my pie chart, there is no budget for clothing. I work at home and wear the same thing pretty much every day. I buy a new pair of shoes maybe every three years. However, we are pretty generous in our dining out budget. That tells you where our priorities are.
What career advice or financial advice do you have for a 20-something who is just entering the workforce?
I was going to say “Don’t burn bridges,” but I think it is more appropriate to say “Burn bridges with care.” There are some people you will work with over the years that you just will never ever want to deal with again. Feel free to burn those bridges to a crisp. But be selective when you do this – make sure those people are not BFFs with the people you don’t want to burn bridges with.
The working world is political (it’s one of the main reasons I dislike it so much) – work hard, have integrity, become the go-to person for your colleagues, and watch your back. And most important of all – get yourself in a good professional place (with plenty of marketable skills and a solid portfolio of past work) and in a good financial place (with a solid cushion to tide you over through the rough times) so that if things get ugly, you can just move on.
You want to always be in a position where you work in certain places and with certain people doing certain things because you choose to, not because you have to. This, to me, defines success.
I’d love to add my support for DCWW – I have found opportunities for freelancing on there, and it’s great to know that there is a network available to me in case I am ever up for leaving my house at night.
I also want to get her career advice tattooed to my arm, or at least on a nice print out to hang by the door. Success = choice. No doubt about it.
Also, Sally might have the best answer ever for dream job… I mean, who wouldn’t be up for taking a happy dog around the block and then napping on down!!
And then the fun part: Sally B.’s Pie Chart Budget!
Have a look-see and (once again) be impressed with that huge chunk of savings! Talk about a role model…
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