Thursday, June 22, 2006

How I Found My First "Real Job" and How Much I Got Paid...That's Right I'm Posting My Salary.

As a fairly recent college graduate starting salary is probably one of the main factors I looked at when deciding what I wanted to study--along with my interests and job availability. I admit it, money was a deciding factor in my degree. Hey, nothing wrong with that...financially, what makes sense? But in the end, money didn't win out. My passion for teaching and a rewarding career is what won out...for my degree...but I ended up in a computer job even after all the planning... Why am I revealing my starting salary? It's my salary from many years ago, so it's not as relevant today (i.e. My coworkers finding out is not as bad). Is it close to what I'm making now? I leave that for you to discover. I can let you know that I currently work one full-time job and hold a part-time job as well. So hah, now figure out my salary.

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Originally, I had wanted to become a teacher. A high school biology teacher. And I will one day! But what eventually happened is completely different from what I thought would happen. Life has its funny ways, doesn't it? I had tons of experience in computers. I worked my entire college career at the university help desk. Not to mention an internship doing various computer related duties, a computer repair job during high school and working a major computer retailer for one summer. The help desk gave me experience with computers and with customer service. I also took computer programming classes. If you can't tell, I enjoy computers. I never intended to make a career out of it though...maybe a side gig consulting or a few projects here and there, but not a career. Well, in my senior year, a friend asked me if I wanted to come along with him to a career day event the following week, and I said okay. I worked on my resume, dressed up a bit, and went to school. We went to the career day event and there was my future employer. That's how I got my first real job--the job I still do today. Keep in mind this was during the dotcom boom. I do software support for a computer company. I graduated with a minor in Computer Science. My major? Nutrition. Starting salary: $61,500.00. My job: Software Support (officially a Software Engineer) This is why I believe that work experience >>>>>>> Your degree. Anyway, there you have it. Why nutrition? A couple of reasons: 1) My scholarship required majors in certain areas, and 2) it was a pre-med program, which offered me another option of pursuing med school if I wanted. Don't send me nutrition questions though, please. Trust me, you don't want my advice. :) I guess in the end, I really went into college pursuing a degree that left me with as many options as possible. I knew the gist of what I wanted, but I don't mind riding the wave per se. I guess I just go whereever life takes me. I don't enjoy support, but it's livable, especially with the flexibility it is providing me. Do I see myself doing it for the rest of my life? No...

4 comments:

LAMoneyGuy said...

Is the part time job the same type of work, or are you doing something different?

Dennis said...

that is an awesome starting salary! Mine won't be anywhere near that =(

freedumb said...

LAMoneyGuy, my part time job has a little to do with computers...but not like my fulltime job.

Dennis, What field are you going into?

City Girl said...

I'm glad that you pursued your passion for computers and that you played it smart in college. I know way too many people who went through college with one-track minds and who are regretting their decisions now. Ironically, most of them were pre-med.

Now, about that nutrition question....