A new job! Yep, IT’S HAPPENING! Mr. COD has accepted a university teaching job! He’ll be joining the counselor education department of the grad school. The CODs are headin’ south, baby!
To say that we are excited would be a HUUUGE understatement! This new job seems tailor-made for Mr. COD. He’ll be able to put his years of school counseling to use now by educating future school counselors. That good ol’ doctorate he suffered for and completed two years ago will serve its intended purpose!
Can I just take a moment right now and express how proud I am of this guy? He could’ve stayed in his current job for years and years, basking in its sameness and security. Instead, he’s chosen to be risky and venture into new territory. (Now, I realize this isn’t exactly a 180-degree shift in career types, but he’s still changing the status quo! Plus, moving the whole family to a new state!)
The FIRE community’s role in the new job
I would be remiss to not acknowledge all of our beloved financial Independence bloggers and early retirement bloggers today. Because of you guys, we’re in the position for him to be ABLE to accept a job like this. Here’s why:
- The new job, like most university teaching positions in his field, doesn’t pay as much as his school counselor job. However, because we’ve slashed spending and upped saving, we know we can afford it. And that’s even taking into account my not working!
- FIRE bloggers opened our eyes to the wondrous possibilities of financial freedom. You all gave us greater goals to work towards, rather than just living for the next vacation. We’ve been taking a good hard look at what we really want out of life.
- We learned we’d rather work at jobs we love than live in perceived slavery to jobs we don’t love. Mr. COD will soon enjoy much greater flexibility in his work schedule, which will be wonderful for our family.
- FIRE keeps us constantly reading up on financial issues and better ways to achieve our financial goals. Therefore, when we saw the potential salary for jobs Mr. COD interviewed for, we also considered other factors, such as:
- Insurance is much more reasonable in other states, for one! We all know how ridiculous insurance premiums can be.
- This new position comes with partial matching retirement employer funds. (What?! As public school employees for so long, the very idea of employer matches is like a dream!)
- Also, Mr. COD will have the option of teaching additional courses in the summer, thus adding to his total pay.
Thank you, FIRE bloggers! We appreciate you all more than you know! Anyone reading these who hasn’t had a chance yet, we hope you’ll check out a few of these (in no particular order; we love them all):
Life has been a crazy whirlwind for the past few weeks and will continue as we prep for moving, so that’s all for today! We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening!
Friends, I know many of you are starting or have recently started new jobs! What prompted your changes, and how are things going so far? Let’s cheer each other on!