Getting back in the game

16594-illustrated-silhouette-of-a-business-woman-pvIt’s been a long 15 months (give or take) since my last paycheck and I’ve been itching to get out! Being stuck at home with no one but the Mr., the roommate(s) and the puppy to talk to isn’t exactly socially fulfilling. And being in undergraduate classes with 19 year olds didn’t help much either. Not that I have anything against youth, I’m just a little past the clubbing/fighting with parents/fighting with boyfriends stage.

Exactly two weeks ago, I finally submitted my last assignment of my undergraduate career – a thesis for my psychology major. Taking 6.5 years to finish an undergrad degree isn’t exactly what I’d call an outstanding achievement, but considering I worked part time (30 hours) for 3 years and full time for another 3, I suppose it isn’t as bad as it could’ve been.

Last week, I started a short term contract for an auto manufacturer. Nothing glamorous, just call centre customer relations, but you have no idea how excited I was to get the call that I was offered the job! I haven’t really interviewed since 2008, so not only were my interviewing skills seriously rusty, but being out of the workforce for 15 months doesn’t do much to boost your professional confidence either. I couldn’t be more thankful – it’s an extremely well-paid position, it’s about 15 minutes from home, and best of all, it doesn’t have the ridiculous call centre hours of operation that most other contact centres do. No weekends, no evenings, although I may have to work until 7:30 on a rotating basis. No complaints though – I’d take that over midnight or 2 am any day!

What I’m most excited about getting back to working is the paychecks! Although we had been managing relatively fine on one income for the time that I had been in school full time, it finally caught up to us, and I’m ashamed to say that we now have a balance on our line of credit. So my first priorities will be:

  1. Catch up on my finances
  2. Establish a budget
  3. Pay off our line of credit!

On a more positive note, I’ve finally enrolled in the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), the basic requirement for almost any retail banking position that leads to Financial Planner/Financial Advisor roles. And another plus to call centre: being able to study between calls!

I also plan to blog regularly now – keep me accountable on my finances and my CSC!

Mrs. Unchained55

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