Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments Week of 9June2013

Man, I had a great week!


I have an undergraduate working with me full-time and his mere presence is really helping me keep on track with my experiments.  I was able to replicate my great result from last week so I feel like I’m a giant leap closer to finishing my PhD.


Kyle and I attended one of those how-to-get-a-job talks this week and actually got to spend some time in a smaller group with the speaker. She told Kyle she was confident he’ll be able to find a job with his unique training (and she said she doesn’t tell most people that).  We got a free meal out of the deal at a nice French restaurant in Durham.  She also gave me some advice and a possible interesting contact on the PF front, of all things.


Our weekend was pretty busy.  We played tennis right after work on Friday and then went to a friend’s birthday party.  On Saturday, after working for a while, we attended a concert of the band Kyle used to play in and got to catch up with some friends we haven’t seen in a while.  Our plans for Sunday include more tennis and wishing our dads a happy father’s day.



Posts I Liked


Mrs. Pop from Planting Our Pennies pulls out another amazing real estate analysis – this one on whether and how much leverage is advantageous in purchasing a house.  You may be surprised by the answer!


Joe from Stacking Benjamins argues at Get Rich Slowly that discipline isn’t as necessary as proper systems for savings!


My Financial Independence Journey makes a compelling case for cutting out your cable or even watching TV entirely!






Michelle from Making Sense of Cents highlighted Early Retirement Isn’t for Us in her link love.





Pulling Back the Veil on Our Daily Money Management was featured in the Carnival of MoneyPros.


Early Retirement Isn’t for Us was featured in the Carnival of MoneyPros and the Festival of Frugality #392.



Top Comment


Erin responded to my reviews of Lean In and Getting to 50/50 by sharing her thoughts on being a dual-career couple: “I have to admit that in starting to think pretty seriously about starting a family, I’ve become pretty anxious about the balancing act, particularly when my husband’s job/hours are so much less flexible than mine. He and I both grew up with SAHMs, so we are not personally familiar with how that day-to-day process works or why it might benefit both partners.”



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6 Responses to "Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments Week of 9June2013"

  1. How was the “How to get a job” talk? It seems to differ a lot between industry!

    And thanks for the mention on our post – I’ll probably have a follow-up to it in the next couple of weeks that addresses some of the comments on opportunity costs and what it would look like to invest part of a downpayment instead of using it for a house.
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    1. Emily says:

      It was a fairly wide-ranging talk (2 hours long). The woman started by describing her book, which explored many types of jobs that science/engineering PhDs can have within science-type companies (and to a lesser extent, government and non-profit) – of which “discovery research” is generally only entry-level and you quickly move on to other modes of operation. That part was very interesting. Then she talked about networking, resumes, interviewing – all that normal stuff. Someone asked her what she though the best job would be for being low-stress and well-paid and she immediately said venture capital. “It’s fun and they don’t work that hard!” It was an encouraging talk because she described so many of the job types as fun or interesting or well-compensated.

      I would venture to say that no matter what the industry networking is the best way to land a good job!

      1. It’s funny she mentioned VC because I have a lot of classmates who come from VC/PE and said that they are moving on because “the value proposition just isn’t there anymore.” Heh. Gotta love industry jargon. But I agree, VC seems really interesting.
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        1. Emily says:

          There could be a couple reasons for the discrepancy. 1) The book was published in 2007 and while I’m sure she’s kept up with the subject her impression may be largely formed from a pre-recession world. 2) “Well-compensated” means something quite different to PhDs than it does to MBAs!

  2. Thanks for the mention!
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