2019 Bumps In The Road Early Retirement Journey My week

Dec 9, 2019: 2 Months At New Job, Still Terrible

So it’s been two months at my new job. I’ve been taking calls for three weeks now maybe. It was so busy that I hated life. Today is not so bad. So it’s not all bad. But it was mostly bad. Of course, we have to say thanks for the things we take for granted: …

2019 Bumps In The Road My week

Is it worth moving halfway across the country to save $300/month?

If you’ve read even one of my last ..I don’t know… 30 posts, you’ll see the struggle is real. What I’ve realized is that I pinned too much of my life’s next steps on a job offer that never came. So I’m back to where I was in 2016 when my lease renewal was pending. …

2019 Bumps In The Road Early Retirement Journey Updates and Reports

Nov 23, 2019 Life Update: A Year of Self-Sabotage, Regrets, and Lack of Self-Control

Self-Sabotage I just bought a house online…well I put $95 down and was sent a purchase agreement. I have never seen the house. I don’t even know if I want a house. I convinced myself I could save money since best case scenario…after 2 years…I’ll be saving about $200/mon on housing costs. Last Friday, after …

2019 Early Retirement Journey My week

A November 2019 Update: New Job, Aunty MERJ, Homeownership

How is it already November! I meant to do a post when I reached a month at Call Center #2. Then when I updated my budget spreadsheet for October. And again when I tentatively decided to get back in the housing market. But to write a quality post with figures takes so much longer than …

2019 Case Study Updates and Reports

The Surprising New Face of Today’s Gatekeepers: Race and Gender in Pharmaceutical Medical Information Interviews

Admittedly interviews engender feelings of a deer-in-headlights for the single girl. I prepare as much as I can scouring the internet for interview questions; recording and reviewing past interview questions I have received; prepping with colleagues and old mentors. I haven’t found the golden ticket. Or I’m destined for life in the call center. I …

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Underemployment Diaries: Week 3, Are you there, God? It’s me, MERJ.

Here we are at week 3. So much to say, yet so little. Namely because what I have to say is not new. Everyday is a battle to get to work. On the ride to work, I’m thinking of how and when to quit. My mind is on a continuous loop of all the things …

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Medical Information Manager Salaries

Now that my nationwide job hunt for a role as Medical Information Manager is officially over with no offer, I thought I’d at least share some of my more useful findings.* (*Full disclosure, still secretly hoping to hear back from two at some point in the near (2 wks) or distant future (6 mon). In …

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Underemployment Diaries: Week 2, Disgruntled Lamentations

I survived my 2nd week at Call Center 2. Aunty MERJ asked me if I “liked the new job?” I said No. I mostly just feel disgruntled. At this early in the game, I’m a bit worried. To be fair, I think a large part of it is the failure to secure a proper Med …

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Tries and Fails: Blogging, Job Hopping, Increasing My Income

So here’s another life update. Let me first say, I know we all love a happy ending. I mean I stopped watching 7 Little Johnstons because their life just got less happy in favor of The Little Couple because everything is pretty and on the upswing for them. I get it. No one likes a …

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Underemployment Diaries: 1 Week Later, A Quick Update

Greetings, all, I thought I’d drop a quick note in update about my first week at the new job. I started Monday and ended Friday…intact. So far, so good. It’s mostly just been online training. Surprises: everything is virtual which makes me question why I have to be on campus at all. Half of the …