Ontarian's Journal

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Sometimes I think the job I'd enjoy most is house cleaning and yard work. To be self-employed doing mild to moderate physical work.

Hi, I chose the username Ontarian, but wish I had picked something different. I've returned to university to complete a one-year certificate program to improve my job prospects. I'm 26. I have expectations for myself that I should be working in some kind of professional job which requires me to use intellect and other skills people know me to have. But at times I feel I have so many job-specific skills to learn and then feel incompetent compared to those already working in the field. But I should try my hat at this and see how I make out. One problem I have with pursuing the job I'm aiming for is I imagine most of the skills will not translate over to my personal life. Learning how to use business intelligence software, working with databases, creating reports... Thankfully I'm going into this with knowledge about ERE. If anything, this white collar job will provide a ~1.5 times higher income than I've had in the past and I can reach FI that much sooner.

One trick will be to not spend much extra as a result of working in this job. It has already happened to an extent in preparation of potential job interviews by purchasing a suit, two dress shirts and matching ties. The suit was on sale for $179 but by the time I walked out of the store I had spent $339! I'm considering returning these items. I have already have some appropriate clothing. Or will wearing a suit make a significant difference for interviews and on days when I know I'll be presenting to executive staff?

The timer has gone off for me to return to working on group essays for school. In future posts I think I'll describe what my ideal life would be like and be more specific in my writing.

To foreshadow: wanting to return to my hometown area, cross country skiing, maintaining woodlots on my parents' farms, living in the country (but somehow wanting to get rid of my car and being able to walk to work...hm I don't think it's realistic. Best I live in town.), gardening, community service

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Welcome. If your just starting out in the corporate world a few decent shirts and a suit will be a worthwhile asset. It probably shouldn't matter but it does. :D

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Thanks for your welcome and advice AussieGirl. I appreciate it =)

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I recommend a career which brings in money quickly. Save your cash, invest and then life can be tranquil.

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Thank-you Sky for the helpful recommendation. I'm in a health informatics program and though I'm not yet done, I've been applying for jobs and looking into studying for the entry-level project management exam, the CAPM. But then I think about how Agile or Scrum are perhaps more relevant in the informatics field, so I get off on a tangent with those certifications. It feels good to return here and be reminded what's important. Yes, earning and saving money, but ultimately to be contented in one's life. For the record, I'm going to start out with just cramming for and passing the CAPM exam. The whole process will cost me ~500CAD. Eventually I may study for "agile project management" but the with the potential to arrive at FIRE quickly, it's probably not worth my while to pursue that cert.

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