View Poll Results: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008 or less successful?

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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    The industry Im in sort of thrives even more during recessions so Im doing pretty well- I dont need to go to the office other than for big meetings since I can manage remotely so Im more or less semi-retired and Im only in my early forties. Another few years and I can fully retire since the money just keeps coming in.

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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    Better, I'd say.
    I was a Sr. Software engineer in 2008.
    In late 2011 I was promoted to Staff Software Engineer and got a decent raise.
    In early 2013 I was promoted to management and got a lackluster raise.
    In mid-2013 I resigned from my job and became a consultant for a bit more money for 6 months.
    In late 2013 I began to work for my current employer. There was a pay hit but it was more about positioning myself for the future.
    In early 2014 my positioned formalized as VP of Technology for the same pay, but strong future prospects.

    So strictly speaking in terms of money I peaked last year and have come down, but that was a deliberate sacrifice to re-position my career path for improved long-term viability and success. I suppose the fact I had the room to maneuver, though, is emblematic of my industry doing well.

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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Are you more successful now than you were in 2008 or less successful?
    Overwhelmingly better. No contest.

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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    Well, in 2008 I didn't have a high school diploma, and now I do. So I'd say I'm doing better.
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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    Substantially better.

    However, in 2008, I was 19 years old and traveling on half a shoe string. So... I don't know if that's a factor of the economy, or just a factor of me having more time to build my assets and applying my mind to other things -- such as building assets.

    I will say this, however. I haven't really played the game the normal way expecting the economy to be my friend. I've taken some risks in some out-there things and sort of gone left of field in my employment, education, and how I handle money, and I think that's done nothing but help me.

    And I will, in addition, say this. I haven't really upgraded my lifestyle much since I started making enough to have a basic apartment, which was quite a while ago. That's also helped me -- spending less than what you make always does. I just see no need for most of the extras.

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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    Quote Originally Posted by aseidner View Post
    I was in school in 2008 and now I'm out of school, unemployed and can't find a job in my field. I blame that on myself more than anything else because I did not select a degree with good job prospects. A BS in chemistry is of little use by itself. I plan on going back to school for medicine, but if that doesn't work out I would probably seek employment in China, which seems to have more opportunities in chemistry these days.
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    Well if your'e up on your Organic Chemistry you could always liberate a 30 gallon drum of Methlymine, acquire a nice tube furnace, a nice boiling flask, a few other odds and ends and Cook Meth.

    I hear the P2P method is all the rage.

    Oh, and get a used Winnebago !!

    Methlymine smells like dead fish wrapped in Gym socks so you'll need to move out to a remote location to conduct your " experiments."

    Maybe I've been watching too much TV...
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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    In 2008 I was not teaching and had no academic titles. Now I am teaching and am A.B.D.

    So definite improvement and it will be better.
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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    In 2008 I was not teaching and had no academic titles. Now I am teaching and am A.B.D.

    So definite improvement and it will be better.
    Congrats, and, yes, finishing will be great. Are you shopping a post-doc?

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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    In the fall of 2008 and like millions of other people, I lost 40% of my retirement fund. I try not to ever think about it.

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    Re: Are you more successful now than you were in 2008?

    I graduated from middle school. I guess that's better.
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