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Grad school and finances

May 28th, 2012 at 02:13 am

In hopes of landing a better job, I went back to school and obtain my bachelors; unfortunately, like so many college grads I did not obtain a better job. However, I have recently surrounded myself with what I would call experienced professionals, who are now my mentors (shhhh they don't know it). Lol

It's funny, when I was a kid one of my teachers always said surround yourself with the smart kids and you will want to be better. Guess what as an adult, I have and I think I'm doing better as it pertains to my career.

Training classes offered free by my job, I would turn my nose up at. But as I realize the more you know the more marketable you are, plus the classes are free. So I have signed up for an excel course, HR course, grant writing as well as leadership course.

I have also joined a book club, I am the youngest, with woman who are 60+ all whom are former educators, doctors, lobbyist, nurses etc. I must say I have learned a lot

In addition, I've joined some professional groups. For example, the Black Republican Caucus, which I am executive board member, the ACLU in which I will be trained on rights restoration on Wednesday, and I am a board member of my local city's Community Relations Board. So professionally I think things are looking up


With all that said, I decided to apply for grad school Wink seeking a masters in human resource. Keep your fingers crossed


On a different note, I have punched the numbers and it seems at though the BF is short monthly about $150. The month isn't over yet but I think I'm pretty close. So we will be having a discussion. I think versus him giving me money every other week he should hold on to it until the bill comes and we split it.

That's it in a nut shell.

6 Responses to “Grad school and finances”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I'd love to hear that you got your masters! Is admissions competitive?

  2. snafu Says:

    Amber, I admire your plan to go for a master's. Before you finalize the plan, it would be a good idea to look at what positions you would seek that asks for a HR master It's important to have a long term plan when taking on such a demanding, difficult and potentially expensive program.

    Ive admired your decision to stop giving sister sums on request like an ATM for her. If BF isn't required to pay his 50% share of expenses this month will he expect to get excused for his full share in future months? Can you be clear that you need him to catch-up with his share by getting more work right away? Are you up to post numbers to stay true to your plan to increase emergency fund and clear debt

  3. rob62521 Says:

    You are smart surrounding yourself with folks who have experience. I have a master's degree, but I think that my life lessons were learned listening to my parents and elderly neighbors.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It sounds as though you are giving yourself quite a good education for free. Smile
    Good luck with the Master's!

  5. Amber Says:

    Joan of Arc, I do not believe competition is too competitive. Snafu, the plan is to become a HR director for a chain of hospitals then creating my own consulting firm.
    And thanks everyone, I'm excited and nervous as well. I'll keep you posted.

  6. Michelle Says:

    Amber, I've been following your blog in fascination for a long time, and I have to ask - Why exactly are you with this person? I assume you chose to be with him for a reason . . . what is it?

    It appears your life is on track to only get better. How does the BF fit into the dream you have for yourself? Is the dream better or worse with him in it? I think you have to ask yourself these questions.

    Either way, I think you either need to accept him as he is and stop complaining, or admit that in some way you are validated by his misdeeds. Deep stuff to consider either way.

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