I feel a small point of clarification is needed from me before we dive into the meat of the post today after appearing in a MarketWatch article yesterday. Most people walked away with the impression I tried to retire on $200,000 at the age of 27 and I just wanted to assure people that no, that’s not what I tried to do.
I clearly know better than that.
What I tried to do was pivot into Coast FI/ a freelancing lifestyle. There are a variety of reasons why it didn’t work out for me but it honestly hurts to see people cheering on my failures in this chapter of my life.
Well, rest assured to all the haters out there, I actually do know what I’m doing. My plan didn’t work out so now I’m Getting A Job again.
And you know what? It’s kinda weird but I’m looking forward to going back to work. Maybe that’s the last month of living in my parent’s basement talking, but I feel like I’m going to appreciate life in the corporate world a lot more this time around.
Speaking of the job hunt, I feel an update is due!
Last time we left off, I had just done an interview with Entity A, an exploratory email from Entity B and an initial call with Entity C. Entity C is in the Bay Area and pretty much a non-option for me, so that fell off the list of options pretty much right away. It could’ve been fun, though.
Entity A called me shortly after the last post was published and gave me a verbal offer for the position. I’m being deliberately vague here as I don’t wish to reveal exactly where I’ll be working or what I’ll be doing. Just know it’s a large government agency where I’ll be working on an IT Support contract. I’m not sure the point of being vague when my last name is out there and y’all can find my LinkedIn if you really want to know. (Or ask me out on a date like yesterday. Too bad there’s no swipe left option in LinkedIn Messaging! ha!)
Anyways, they offered me the job verbally but couldn’t commit to anything on paper as I didn’t have a required certificate. They told me, pass the exam and the job is yours if you want it.
So I’ve spent pretty much the entire last week studying my brains out in order to pass the test. I’m happy to announce I passed the test with 14 points to spare so I can accept the job if I want it!
Why wouldn’t I want it? Well.… mainly the pay. It’s capped at $80k. The recruiter said they can’t offer me any more money but I’m not sure if he’s serious or if that’s standard recruiter talk to get me to offer the lowest offer possible like a schmuck.
I’m also not sure if I want it because Entity B has come around with a vengeance and offered me an interview next week. It’s a Manager level position, the pay is realistically anywhere from $90–100k and comes with a higher clearance. From a long-term view, Entity B is the better option. I work there for a few years, get some experience under my belt, and I could move to a variety of positions easily if the right opportunity presented itself.
It’s just really hard for me to ignore the benefits an extra $10–20k a year could have on my life over the long run. That’s most of, if not all of, my 401(k) contribution.
Should I pass up on the chance to earn more for a job that’s mine if I want it? These and other thoughts have been swirling around my head in the wee hours of the morning.
All of this waffling back and forth also impacts where I want to live in the DC area, how quickly I move out there, and whether or not I bring all my stuff out with me. The two options are far enough apart that I will need to live in one area or another, given DC traffic and nightmarish commute times. It’s easy enough to fly back and forth, but finding a place to move into the next week with a cat in tow is tricky.
Basically, I have no idea what my life is going to look like in a few weeks and that’s both awesome and freaking me out big time!
All in all, I’m so grateful I have this dilemma. I remember interviewing with a company in Boston a few months ago and I had zero leverage. At least I have competing offers and know more than one company is at least interested in hiring me! #feelsgoodman.jpg