What would you do?
We all have fantasies about our ideal job. Dream jobs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are already working in ideal situations, while others are desperately trying to gain the experience needed to move up the corporate ladder. I got a little predicament for you. What would you do if you were offered your dream job, but you had to be willing to move anywhere in the country as part of the offer?
Well mi amigos, this kinda happened to me. A couple weeks ago I received a conditional job offer from a government agency that I never would have thought I had a prayer at getting in to. It’s not a sure thing, but it is definitely a great start. One of the conditions of the position, however, requires that I sign a mobility agreement. Basically that means that I agree to work wherever the agency places me. Not only that, but I could potentially be moved a couple different times throughout my career. I guess it would be kind of like the military, except not as frequent moving and I could quit whenever I wanted without receiving legal ramifications.
Before I continue on the hiring process I have been thinking “Would I be willing to give up my dream location for my dream job?” I really want to move back to the Pacific Northwest (where I was raised) and have been planning to do so within a couple years, but now that this offer has come up my plans may change. Life is about being flexible and going after your goals, but what the heck are you suppose to do when those goals conflict? There is always the potential that I get placed where I want to live, but there is also the chance I get placed in French Lick, Indiana (nothing against any of you readers from French Lick).
So bloggers, it’s time for your two cents. You helped me adjust my student loan payments and were responsible with the sale of my motorcycle. Now it is time for you to tell me what to do with the rest of my life. Would you be willing to relocate for your dream job?
"Hi my name is Debt Ninja, and I’m a banking whore."
I’ve come to realize I’m kinda whorish, let’s just say I get around. I just can’t stay tied down to any one financial institution. I keep my Roth IRA with Wells Fargo, I use Chase (the artist formerly known as WaMu) for my checking account. I use Bank of America for my personal credit card. And I had an online savings account with Countrywide, which is now BofA. I feel dirty inside for having relationships with so many different financial institutions, but I also have reasons for why I maintain accounts at each place. Let’s take a look a closer look shall we?
I maintain my Roth IRA with Wells Fargo for one reason. My financial analyst friend works for them and is intimately familiar with their investment account interface. When I first decided to contribute to my Roth, I knew nothing and woulda had one heck of a time trying to figure it out. I knew my friend would be able to walk me through the process and that he could help me out if I had any questions. It’s worked out quite nicely and I thus far, I remain a satisfied customer.
I have had this account for seven years now and had no plans to get rid of it. I opened a checking account with WaMu when I was 16 y.o. so I could use a debit card, I stuck with them all the way to their tragic end. I am now a customer of chase. I’m testing the waters with them before I decide if it’s worth sticking around or if it’s time to move on. Thus far, I’m not too excited about them.
I chose BofA, unknowingly. I really wanted a credit card that earns me frequent flier miles . Being that I live on the west coast, Alaska Airlines is what I fly 99% of the time. I signed up with them about two years ago and have enjoyed the perks that come with the card. One free plane ticket, two $50 plane tickets and some other sweet incentives. I plan to stick with this card for a while.
I opened my online savings account with Countrywide around a year ago. They offered decent rates at the time (around 3%) and was happy with their service. About a month ago the Countrywide website transitioned over to Bank of America. The interest rate is currently 1.65% which is still pretty close to the average. Im not one to really chase interest rates so I’ll probably be stickin’ with this account for some time.
I’m sittin’ here thinking to myself … “Is it stupid to bank at so many different institutions?” I wish I had a family member in the military so I could jump on board with USAA ’cause I read a lot of sweet stuff about them. No one bank has been able to satisfy my varying financial needs. I definitely think it would be easier to have all my money in one place, but so far I have been able to manage my life just fine. Help me out bloggers. I know you all love to give advice and I need some. Would you consolidate all your accounts with one or two banks? Or are you as whorish as I am and spread the love?