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Old 12-21-2010, 01:02 PM   #11
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Just be smart with your money. I see a lot of guys newly out of school buying new cars and lots of expensive toys. Get yourself a few things, but save that money and buy the fancy things later when you get the big paycheck.
Yeah I had a lot of friends I graduated with buy new cars right before graduation nothing huge and fancy but new none the less. I have had a new car will never do that again. Such a waste when depreciation roles in. I am a pretty frugal guy who budgets well (or at least I think so). As long as it doesn't affect my brewing fund I'm good I've always been happy with simple things.
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I was curious about the masters degree. Does that help you in the software field? I know in my field it gets you nothing unless you want to teach.
I've found an MBA to be one of the best things, if you want to get into management at some point. Again, just throwing things out - do what you want with it

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I do want to teach actually as an adjunct for a little while. My local PSU campus told me they would gladly take me as a teacher once I finish. With work, from what I see with a masters it puts me in the next payroll bracket up. About 10k more a year.

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I have a comp sci degree and started at 40K a few years ago, worked there for a couple years got some experience and as the company was going downhill I got a better paying job elsewhere. Just getting in to the market and getting some experience will be a huge benefit for your next job. Definitely take it.

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It may not be the job or salary you're looking for, but you have to keep in mind how many people there are out there that would love to be making even 40K again to help with some of the bills and debt they've accrued being out of work. I would take it, then continue to keep an eye out. I am one who likes to have a paycheck coming in. Hell, when I graduated from college, I went right back to my old McDonalds job while looking for the field job. Having one job doesn't mean you're locked into it the minute a better one presents itself. Plus, those first jobs are hard to get. Nobody wants to hire someone with no experience, especially when they can get experience these days for the same price.
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I'm in a completely different field, but I graduated in 2008 and started around the same area. If cost of living isn't very high, then its definitely a decent starting wage. I'd absolutely see what they will do to pay for your Masters / MBA also.

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If this is the only offer then you don't have a lot of choices... Between a job and no job, I'll take a job.

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In the absences of better offers, I think you should take the offer you have. If you have multiple offers, my advice is to take the one that offers you the most marketable job skills even if it pays less. The company is only a year old so keep your resume up to date. They may go under.

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Just be smart with your money. I see a lot of guys newly out of school buying new cars and lots of expensive toys. Get yourself a few things, but save that money and buy the fancy things later when you get the big paycheck.
I have a friend who graduated with $100k in debit and credit cards. Within 6 months of his new job he bought two new cars and a new house with no money down on it.

I have a BS in Physics and I started looking for work the second I graduated two years ago. I couldn't find anything. I had a few bites from Entergy and few other places, but most positions eventually got cancelled. I ended up going to graduate school and doing research at one of the labs at my university. I got lucky and the lab hired me on as full-time as researcher, but I would have taken anything when I first started looking. With unemployment as high as it is, I would be happy with anything I could get. This is also a good opportunity to get some good work experience and pump up the resume. You never know where this job will lead you. I absolutely love my job, and I wasn't expecting to land where I did.

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Since you're in PA, I'll offer what I can.

41k in any area of PA outside of 2-3 decent cities (Philly/Pitt/H-burg) is probably pretty good. Non-city living is cheap, and it's tough to find decent tech jobs there. Having no experience (but a degree) -- 41k is not that bad for the area.

I've seen jobs (before I moved to a better area) in PA that are so-called "entry level" for under $10/hr in the tech field (hell desk and the like). The fact that you're in software makes things a lot better for you and why you're even getting the $41k.

If this is philly -- you may be getting burned a little, but weigh it out with benefits and travel to the job. If it's nice and close and an easy drive, then it's probably well worth it. If your'e driving an hour to the other side of Philly spending $ on gas and time sitting on the Surekill Expressway...maybe it's not worth it, but only you can make that decision.

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