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About jkatra

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    Reserved Idealist
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    It's exciting.
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    Atlantis, in the Bermuda Triangle
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    Super ninja villain
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    None at all. I'll get some.
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    Once a Zen master stood up before his students and was about to deliver a sermon. A bird suddenly sang. The master said, "The sermon has been delivered."

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  1. "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit", by Michael Finkel. It's a well-written book about Christopher Knight, the Maine hermit who lived in the woods for 27 years.
  2. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenge, by Amy Cuddy
  3. The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream, by Tyler Cowen. I just finished Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari.
  4. You might like some Bill Bryson books. Some examples include "Walk in the Woods", "In a Sunburned Country" and "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid."
  5. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, by Thomas L. Friedman
  6. For most of my career I was surrounded by people, but in the past few years I've been able to telecommute and I anticipate that will be the new norm for me. My company even actively encourages it, especially around the holidays. Meetings that used to always be face-to-face are now done by Skype. You would be surprised at how much people, even introverts, like to have some people around them. This is why I've liked to telecommute from a Starbucks café - even though I don't work with the people at Starbucks, at least I'm surrounded by some people.
  7. Thanks for posting this detailed list of stories. I've been surprised at how many people I've seen with master's or Ph.D.'s who never really succeed in their chosen field. And I've seen plenty of people with a bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix who become VPs somewhere, although I don't think that means they'll be successful in managing their business - but their persistence has a greater career value than their IQ. Formal degree programs don't seem to work in creating career success. Social intelligence, willingness to relocate for work, constant ongoing learning, and aligning yourself with the right boss and corporate culture probably play a bigger role.
  8. I'm a fan of the Holland Code system for describing the relationship between personality and occupation. Teachers and professors tend to be high in Social and Investigative: https://www.onetonline.org/explore/interests/Social/Investigative/?i=SI&z= https://www.onetonline.org/find/quick?s=professor Here's a book about the Holland Code system: CareerCode
  9. Become attached instead to the idea of changing jobs every 3 to 5 years in order to increase your skills, learn about different industries, and have a better boss: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/12/19/10-good-reasons-to-change-jobs-every-3-5-years/#7af510a45eb0
  10. The Bay Area financial analyst positions that FeriaKaiser is interested in usually prefer a CFA and/or MBA. This is why I think it's better if FeriaKaiser start applying for positions in sales reporting, compensation analysis, etc. Without a CFA and/or MBA it's extremely difficult to attract the attention of employers. CFA pass rates are low: https://www.cfainstitute.org/programs/cfaprogram/exams/Pages/cfa_exam_results.aspx
  11. Great topic, here are some thoughts: GPA, choice of college, and to some extent your major are often useless in the long-term for your success. Passion and motivation are more important. Your major, your college, and your GPA won't determine your focus or your success. It's not as important as you might expect to even get a master's or Ph.D. It's more important to understand who you are, what your values, strengths, and weaknesses are, and what your passions are compared to learning something in a classroom. The occupations that are supposed to be awesome like physician and attorney aren't guaranteed to be awesome. Occupations like data science that weren't important when I was going to college became important in the economy. I wish I had known more about different occupations and career planning: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ It's boring in a small college town. I spent a semester on an off-campus trip to Chicago studying urban issues just to get away from campus. I learned more in the neighborhoods of Chicago than I ever learned in a classroom.
  12. The Bay Area is one of the most difficult areas of the country for finding entry-level work. Here are some ideas: Find anything involving entry-level reporting activities (workforce reporting in HR, pricing reporting, actuarial reporting, operational reporting, budget reporting, sales reporting, compensation reporting, anything which reports and analyzes data, etc) Find anything which uses the same software that they use in finance (Excel, modeling software, business intelligence software, etc)
  13. Here are some additional tips: Don't underestimate the time for the application and interviewing process. It often takes HR a month to even initially respond to an application. Be aware of the types of positions which might receive a high volume of applications. See if you can find positions where there is less competition for the position but which still satisfy your job requirements. Understand and learn about the company for the positions you apply to. Use your social network, especially on LinkedIn, and make sure people are aware you're actively looking. Be willing to relocate if necessary. Most people aren't willing to. Be aware of what the economy looks like and where job growth is: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN13R0D9 The vast majority of Americans don't have any emergency savings - be prepared to have some. Be willing to take a temporary job or contract position and understand there is a difference between getting a job in the short-term and managing a career in the long-term. Think about going back to school if necessary. Understand the reasons why you lost a position and be prepared to tell a story around that. Was it company-specific, industry-specific, something related to your boss, budgets, corporate culture, corporate strategy, etc? Leverage your skills and talent to apply to positions in areas currently outside your past experience. If you've worked in banking, be prepared to apply to positions outside of banking in healthcare, insurance, etc. If you've worked in customer service, think about applying to positions in sales, training, teaching, etc. Clearly understand your strengths and weaknesses, your personality, and where you would like to be in the future. A layoff is a temporary disruption to your long-term goals.
  14. Figuring out a path is challenging because people typically have many competing desires so a clear path never seems to emerge. And if you really wanted to become a psychologist you would still need to determine what kind of psychologist: a clinical psychologist doing counseling, a school psychologist working with children, an industrial-organizational psychologist working with human resources and business executives, an academic psychologist teaching students, etc. Even if you can't afford to go back to school, you'll still need to move on from customer service. Look through lists of occupations to see if something inspires you: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ and https://www.onetonline.org/find/descriptor/browse/Interests/ Take career tests: https://www.123test.com/career-test/ and the Career Personality & Aptitude Test at http://www.queendom.com/ Read career planning books: CareerCode: Know Your Code, Find Your Fit, Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live, Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
  15. I dare say we have a different Sanders, here--and we're true to our interests. XD

    1. jkatra


      Buy AMZN stock, Ness2361.  :cheesy:

    2. ness2361


      If only I could. Lord knows I give 'em enough money, so I oughta get some back. I'd make a mint. :awesome: