How CF got her first job out of college

first job out of college, cell biology, genetics, science
During my first degree, I was determined to get experience in my field so that I would not become another unemployed person with a Bachelor’s degree.  When I look back now on the experiences that I gained, there is a very clear connection between the choices that I made and the opportunities available to me.  At the time, it sure didn’t seem that way. Young, dumb and lacking in experience My...

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Doing what you love for less

Doing what you love, wine classes, wine courses, studying wine, drinking wine
By now, you’ve heard about my passion for wine. I recently took the first step to formalizing this hobby by completing the Level 1 WSET course. Today, I’d like to talk more about how I can afford to pursue this passion without compromising my finances.   Following your passions In 2005, I spent three months working and living in Paris. This was my first real introduction to wine. It was...

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Getting started as a freelance writer

freelance writer, getting started as a freelance writer, writing
When I was younger, I loved to write. While other kids in my class took grammar and punctuation lessons, I took creative writing classes where we wrote stories and printed and bound them into proper books. I submitted poetry for publishing when I was in grade 6. In high school, I went to see Shakespeare in the park and attended writing festivals for young writers. There’s a (somewhat rueful) saying...

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Meet my four jobs

my four jobs, full time job, part time job, extra job
I have four jobs. Thats right… four.  Perhaps surprisingly, I don’t work 80 hour weeks! Most of my jobs require very little effort and provide a much bigger return. Meet my four jobs:   My full time job Currently I’m working as a software developer. This is the job that gets the basics done – One paycheck covers all of my bills plus some money for spending and saving and the other paycheck...

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