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About Cord

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    Cautious analyst


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    Constantly bored. Finance major from UT Austin. 26 years old. I welcome random PMs/messages.
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    Houston TX
  • Occupation
    Financial Systems Administrator
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    MMA, drawing, video games, books, intelligent conversation, the usual INTJ stuff.
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  1. I truly feel bad for you. From reading your story, some things jumped out at me right away. 1. Her saying she was unhappy for the last six months. See, to you, this probably seems sudden and shocking, but according to her, she's basically had six months to think about ending the relationship, and after six months of thinking about it, that's the conclusion she came to. It's probably a lot more final in her mind than it is in yours. 2. You talk about becoming social, going to the gym, etc. which I think is good and healthy, because it will provide you with other things to do and think about besides her. The biggest problem though is that you say you're doing all of this "to become a better man for her." That's a huge red flag. If you're basing all of your actions now on the hopes that it's going to get you back with her, it's going to hurt even worse if you aren't able to then get back together with her. It's going to make it feel like all of the things you have done were in vain. So my advice is, it's good that you're doing these things, but do them for you, not for her. 3. I don't think you should bring her mother into this. Her mother isn't the one you were in a relationship with, and to try and use her mother to sway her is manipulative, and it's not like her mother can decide for her that she should get back together with you. I think talking to her could just give you more false hope. 4. I totally get you wanting to see her face to face. I agree with this, that at the very least you should seek final closure, so you won't have to live with that "what might have been" feeling, that just tends to eat people up inside. I'm not sure you should just spring it on her though and show up out of the blue though like you mentioned. That could just lead to an argument and an immediate shutdown with no conversation whatsoever. I think your idea of coming into town and letting you know that you're there and want to talk to her is fine though. Good luck to you man. I really feel for you and hope everything works out ok. It's a terrible situation to be in, to lose someone you care so much about.
  2. Attack on Titan Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom Eden of the East All good.
  3. This is a random, non-intelligent, message and I expect many replies or I will body slam you, lol.


    1. Cord


      Sup man?

    2. Eye on Earth

      Eye on Earth

      *Body slams*

      I watched a guy get his butt kicked at the gym today. He tried to MMA-style fight a big body builder and the big dude just laid him out flat -- one punch and down he went. I laughed a bit and went back to lifting.

  4. I don't really understand the concept of "calling it a day". In my opinion the only time you get to do that is the day you die. Just because you give up on one endeavor doesn't mean that you still don't have problems that need solving. You have to regroup and move on to something else. Some handle regrouping better than others, but everyone has two options, either continue living, or die.
  5. Yes, the Politics subforum has a post minimum and also a time limit. I think the time limit is that it becomes available two weeks after being registered, but I could be wrong on that. Welcome to the forum. Enjoy your stay.
  6. Yeah. The company that I'm working for right now has an AS/400 set up and IBM Infosphere to data mirror the data to another database for reporting purposes. From my understanding though it's going to be retired. From what I understand the plan is to upgrade to Oracle E Business Suite.
  7. I don't know about "deep connection" but Prayer and Stricken always gave me "emotions".
  8. I'm looking forward to it. I kind of hope they return to more of the RPG style of the first Mass Effect and less to the shooter style of the second and third, but that doesn't seem likely since their "progression" was from RPG to third person shooter. Still, the story line alone will be enough for me to pick it up.
  9. Do as many internships as possible. Do much better career research. Don't have a general idea of what you want to do, rather have a specific job in mind.
  10. It wouldn't hurt to speak to an attorney. I do know a lot of independent consultants and from what I understand, setting up an LLC is a pretty easy and straightforward process. I believe taxes are also pretty simple as long as you employee a small number of people (I forget what the cut off number is). If you're confident on your clients then you've already done the hard part. I'd also make sure before you start lining clients up that you don't have any sort of non compete agreement signed with your current employer. I can't speak to architectural contracts, but I've written several contracts for software and finance consulting. Anything signed by both parties is binding, so you just want to make sure that everything in the contracts is completely clear and understandable. If the contract is vague, you run the risk of clients taking advantage of your wording to get free work. If you're going to talk to a lawyer, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to also have them draft up an example statement of work for you so that you can use it as a template going forward. There may even be some users who have incorporated themselves on the forum. I know there was one independent consultant here but I forget his username. @Monte314 also does some consulting I believe, although I'm not sure if he's incorporated. Maybe he'll weigh in.
  11. What kind of consulting? The biggest hurdle you're going to have in my opinion, assuming you actually know your subject matter, is going to be sales and marketing. Convincing others that you are a reputable business and lining clients up is going to be the hardest part. You need to establish connections and line up clients as well as PR plans in order to get your business off the ground and start generating revenue.
  12. Over the Christmas holidays, I was helping my parents run a speed test on their internet. A pop up showed up on my dad's screen while I was out of the room. He began to try to "download" a faster connection. Yeah...we're better at teh internetz.
  13. Well generally from what I've seen at clients, they usually have a strategic planning or forecasting group that doesn't really do financial modeling, but more macro economic modeling. For example, one company that I consulted for was a fast food restaurant chain, and they had an entire team dedicated to measuring and predicting the prices of commodities like beef or grain. They'd then feed that data over to the FP&A team for incorporation into their financial forecasts. I also have done a lot of consulting work for oil and gas companies, where they have entire marketing floors dedicated to predicting the prices and demands of natural gas and oil. I searched "Economic forecasting analyst" on Indeed and it returned quite of few positions for what I described. Here's an example of one: In the meantime, I recommend to just keep searching for jobs that seem interesting to you and apply, especially if you don't have any promising leads yet. Even if a position has over 300 applicants, you may end up getting lucky. As far as experience goes, I think an MBA or a CPA would be a huge help in terms of having qualifications without necessarily having experience. Barring that, internships are a great way to get your foot in the door.
  14. I've been doing financial consulting for five years now, and in my experience all of the FP&A teams that I've worked with and the analysts on those teams all have similar backgrounds: 1. CPA/MBA 2. Background with either financial statement preparation or financial modeling 3. BBA in either finance or accounting With a background in economics I'd think you'd be a better fit in a macro strategic planning role. People in that role generally analyze macro economic trends and statistical data and feed that refined data to the FP&A team for incorporation into their financial models. That's just my opinion though. In my opinion your best bet for becoming a financial analyst is to apply to financial analyst roles that specific entry level experience. Those jobs are high in demand though. From what I've seen, entry level financial analyst positions around my area receive anywhere from 200 to 300 applicants.
  15. but what color? [jk] :hug: