Just had job interview

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  1. kahiljabroni

    kahiljabroni Black Belt

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    Some of you may have heard me lament on here about making decisions for future career prospects and that I returned to college last year. My original goal was law school but have since changed to becoming an accountant/CPA.

    Anyway about a month ago I received a call about a federal job that I applied to...I don't want to go into details but it's transportation related. I passed the initial test and the physical and just had my first interview. I think it went well though I was pretty nervous. It's the typical federal job with great pay and benefits but could become very monotonous. You basically start out at 45k, 55k by 2nd year, and 75k-100k when maxed out...its a union job so it's guaranteed.

    So now if I get the job I will have a decision to make. I'm one year away from a BA in accounting and 2 years away from taking the CPA exam. The federal job is extremely stable, but the hours are sporadic and it involves a lot of travel at all times. I'm basically choosing between the comfort and stability of a less fulfilling job(federal), and the uncertainty of the job market as well as two more years of school and all the loans that come along with it.

    Pretty much just venting but if anyone has had a similar decision to make and wants to add some insight that'd be cool.
     
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    Public Accounting also has rough hours and can require a lot of travel fwiw.
     
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  7. platfox

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    You found a government job that has a base pay of 45k and maxes out at 100k? That sounds like a wide margin for one position/classification. Do you need promotions to get to 100k?

    In regards to op, figure out what your pension options are. Is there a minimum retirement age? Would you retire with full benefits? Plan it out to where you can retire with a pension and benefits but still gives you time to hit the private industry. Just a thought.
     
  8. kahiljabroni

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    The first year you basically get paid to train and a probationary period...its like 21 hr but a lot of overtime.

    You max out at 37 which is about 75k with 0 overtime. But again, you're prolly working 50 hour weeks, so you are getting time and a half for the OT as well as holidays(you work most of them), and when you work on you designated day off. And the benefits are bawse!
     
  9. RoninJin

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    he mention its a transportation job so its probably a position within the United States Department of Transportation.

    government jobs pay on an in step payband, it goes up every year until max.
     
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    I understand that part but most of the government jobs I've seen don't have pay that goes from 45k to 100k for one classification. Usually each classification only has about 20-25k range from base to cap. Thats why I asked if it was the same position or if it was multiple positions in the same series.
     
  11. CI

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    have an interview coming up shortly my self. wish me luck.
     
  12. RoninJin

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    Watch that tone with me boy..jk

    Yea, mostly likely its a mult positions in that same series..

    I'm a SV-H and my range is $61,000-$84,000. The next step which is a SV-I is in the range of $71,000-$94,000 but i have to apply for them
     
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    I wish you all the luck. I myself have an interview for a healthcare consulting position in Austin tomorrow. I have always wanted to live in Austin. I want this god damned job so bad
     
  14. molest

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    blow the interviewer
     
  15. Yellowking

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    This ones just over the phone, maybe I can promise a bukkake party for upper management if they fly me in
     
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    you could do it for a couple of years and save a bit... perhaps save for school/adventures and then get back into the job force?
     
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    Doesn't sound awful.
     
  19. Spoken

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    ...because you're supposed to share this info with them?
     
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    The legal job market sucks right now... as a recently admitted attorney I wouldn't recommend it unless you have a good job lined up
     

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