People who have inspired me – My (almost) first manager

My first steady job (that didn’t involve working for my dad) was at a dollar store.  My parents knew the owners and put me in touch with them.  One brief meeting later, I was gainfully employed. I was 17-almost-18 at the time.  I had to travel an hour and a half to get to the store and an hour and a half to get home.  As you can imagine, this sucked.  I worked there for a year and a bit. ...

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Giving up the perfect job

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A few years ago, I interviewed for my almost-dream job.  The position was for a “Publishing Coordinator” in a large biotech company.  The job involved preparing the weekly newsletter, writing articles, and research new findings and events in science.  Awesome, right? Photo Credit: photologue_np at http://www.flickr.com/photos/44313045@N08/6290270129/ I’m pretty good at interviews. ...

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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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