Money and Location

Hello Spartans! I hope that this month of career searching is going well for everyone. I know that this has been a very hectic month between my career search and school. I figured that it might be time to switch our focus away from our job searching efforts for a brief moment and take some time to reflect on ourselves. Specifically, the money that we are about to make and where we are going to live.

Let's start with location. All of us came to MSU from different places, with different cultures, and different experiences. Those past experiences laid the foundation for the MSU engineering that we all now share. Odds are that most of will not be finding a full-time position. As I prepare for the next phase of my life, I have been thinking about how I am going to provide myself with a lifestyle that I want. The biggest question I have had is "what do I want?" I haven't had complete control over my lifestyle ever in my life. What exactly are the things I want in my future life?

I have decided that it doesn't matter where your job ends up being, you are going to be able to be able to give yourself the lifestyle that you want. If you don't want to live in a city but your job has been placed there, nothing is stopping you from finding a community just outside that city and commuting to work. Likewise, if you want to live in a city but your work isn't downtown, commute out of the city to work (going to opposite way of rush hour is always nice). The key to all of this location business is our income.

As MSU engineers, we are fortunate enough to be looking at an average starting salary of $66,926 (according to The Center's website). That puts us right around the household median income for the USA. This is more money than any of us have had throughout the entirety over our lifetime! We won't be living like an NBA superstar, but we will for sure be able to escape the poor college student lifestyle many of us have taken on over the past four years.

The biggest question is how are we going to manage it. We have so much more freedom now, and with that comes increased responsibility. Retirement funds, higher taxes, healthcare, and more. The good news is we are going to be able to manage it all, as long as we prepared. I hope that this post will help stir up some thoughts about these things. The way that you choose to live once you find a job is important, and the better idea you have of what you are looking for, the easier it will to plan your life once that job offer has been accepted. Stay Tuned and Keep Grinding Spartans!

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