(Closed) What do you do to pay the bills?

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I run an event planning/design business.

I ran it well before our engagement or wedding, I didn’t start it because I loved planning our wedding, LOL.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have a degree in professional writing and psychology. The original plan was to edit books or magazines but I doubt it will happen. I’m an excellent writer and a skilled organizer but the more I think about it, the more I’m unsure. I paid my way through college by waiting tables and I’ve found that I’m not sure I want to give up the freedom my job offers me for a regular 9-5 even if a “real” job would offer more stability and more money.

I’m moving soon to a place with lots of temp agencies so I figured I’d get my feet wet in office work with those kinds of jobs to see if I like it without having to commit to so much right away.

I thought that when I graduated, I’d go straight into grad school or the work force but suddenly I had offers to go on these vacations and things that I had to turn down prior because all my time was spent studying, writing essays, or working to get out of college debt-free and I thought “I can finally do all of these things, and I don’t want to have to keep turning them down.” I thought “I’m only young once” so I decided on a break but I don’t want that break to end lol.

Sometimes I wonder if it’s wrong that I’m happy being “just a waitress” after all those years being a perfect student but…c’est la vie.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@MissIntent:Awesome! If you don’t mind me asking, what CPA review or study tools did you use? I’m just wondering since I’m planning on tackling the exams a year and a half from now.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m a preschool teacher and I love it! I make about 20K a year, so I definitely don’t do it for the money! DH has an elementary ed degree as well, but currently he’s a restaurant manager. As a general manager, he’ll make 4X as much as I do.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

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@mexicanabeibi:  We did a class at school that used the Gleim program, so I used that.  Also, a friend of mine did Becker, so we trade study guides.  Gleim is very detailed and had tons of practice questions, which is great.  Becker really gets to the point on things though, like “you need to know this, this and that” and I found that very helpful for reviews.

I heard from a professor that Becker will do one day cram sessions – you don’t have to do the entire course, you just come in for like 8 hours one day and they review everything in a session.  I think that’s a good option to have, no matter what study guides you use.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m an admin right now… Hardly my dream job!! But I’m grateful to even have a job in this economy so I’m sticking with it for now. I was just talking to one of my co-workers about it and she told me to stick around til after the honeymoon (they are very lenient on PTO off here) and either ask for a promotion or get the hell out! Haha I think she’s right…

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@harleyq: I was a waitress for a while. There were times when I hated the late nights, but I made reallllly good money and really enjoyed the flexible schedule!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve always been a science nerd, and I wanted to go into research on genetics.  Then when I did undergrad research, I realized I hated it.  So I ended up doing a Masters to combine science and business and now I am a project manager in pharma, designing and managing systems that run all kinds of clinical trials.

I think its interesting, but I’d like to try something else in pharma, or at least manage larger projects and project teams.  But my hours are flexible, I get awesome benefits, and a nice salary so I’ll stay where I am for a while longer.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Im a veterinary technician…I have a Bachelors degree in history that I am obviously not using and I really prefer research/reading over nursing animals. Im over this job, but I dont have experience doing anything else other than retail and my Fiance and I are trying to buy a condo in the next 6 months..and me changing fields will probably mean that well be denied for a loan. So for now, Im stuck in a job that isnt my favorite. When Im working full time (been technically unemployed a month but still working relief at full time hours), I make about 26-30k a year which is crappy for living in So Cal.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a degree in communication studies and sociology, but I am currently not working. I held a couple different jobs in the past, but the job market is so rough right now that all I could really find were admin assistant jobs. I didn’t enjoy filing papers and doing mundane tasks all day. So, I’m currently not working and focusing on wedding planning and finding something I really like to do. My fiance makes enough money to easily support us both. He’s a software designer/marketing manager and makes over 100k. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@harleyq: Awww don’t feel bad because you’re content being “just a waitress”, although I know what you mean. I went to college but didn’t graduate and I have been a cocktail waitress at a casino for 13 years now. I wouldn’t exactly say I have a flexible schedule because of the casino industry, but I do work dayshift and make very decent money. My fiance is a poker dealer there – it’s where we met. So I guess maybe I was meant to stay there, otherwise I never would’ve met my honey! A fellow coworker of mine actually has her law degree – so you never can tell what will make you happy.

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I work as a sales associate at Bath and Body Works and my fiance is a Teacher’s Assistant. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be “when I grow up” 😛

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper

I’m an IT Manager in the litigation field. I like it well enough. It’s not fabulous pay because I’m at a small firm but I’m young and still trying to finish my bachelors so I can’t complain too much.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a neonatal intensive care nurse. It took 4 years to get my nursing degree, then I worked as a nurse for awhile before going back to school to get my neonatal specialty certificate (took 6 months). I make about $70,000/year. I love what I do!

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a CPA and work as a not-for-profit and governmental auditor.  The pay is pretty good, but not considering all the overtime I put in.  Been working there 4 years.  Hope to be the Director of Finance at a non profit someday.

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