Your dream lifestyle

<p>Or part two would be to make a ton of money and then buy a ranch out in Santa Barbara/montecito :)</p>

<p>Yeah, I know someone who went from 8 hrs/5 days to 10 hrs/4 days and she prefers the latter.</p>

<p>Anyway my absolute actual dream would be to win the Powerball. I'd have enough money to never have to worry about money, meaning I could pursue whatever I wanted.</p>

<p>Having a lot of money with nothing to do would suck a lot. That's why people don't like to retire, they want something to do. Brett Favre...</p>

<p>Well I'd make things to do. I'd mainly travel. I'd invest the money to make more and give a nice amount to charities.</p>

<p>Right now, my main concern is that my starting salary will be good enough so that I will be able to start paying off my probably-massive student loans.</p>

<p>I want to be able to eventually live comfortably in a nice suburban area (and probably not anywhere near where I live right now) and support myself without having to rely on a husband. I also wish to give back to my parents for everything they have done for me, along with other family members. </p>

<p>Above all else, I want to ensure that I am enjoying whatever career field I am in, and that I put my degree to good use.</p>

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<p>Hmm, true that, I now want to make $100/second (like Bill Gates), and work an average amount of time.</p>

<p>The PrincessBride,</p>

<p>Your goal is very realistic. My wife is a nurse and makes $60,000 a year and was given a sign on bonus for $10,000 when she got hired out of college. She works three days a week (3X12) and knows her schedule a couple months in advance.</p>

<p>She has 3 weeks vacation and collects PTO that can be used if the hospital downsizes her (called off for a night). There has been times where she only worked 1 day and was paid for three - not bad.</p>

<p>They are also paying for her grad school and flew her to Sicily for 3 months to train nurses at a sister hospital - paid her normal salary, plus living expenses while she was overseas.</p>

<p>Most of her co-workers are female and they are all really tight. She's worked at multiple hospitals/units and the co-workers were always really close, the work seems to build comradery.</p>

<p>She's also eligible for travel nursing (It's not constant travel, you just go to a hospital that is understaffed and work there. Her one friend has been at the same hospital for 3 years). Which usually gives a significant raise ($10,000 - $15,000), plus they pay you a per diem to cover housing expenses. Her friend, in total - makes about $85,000 a year.</p>

<p>Nursing isn't for me, wish it was - just not the medical type. But I'd strongly recommend it to anyone else.</p>

<p>My dream lifestyle? Buy a 200 acre vineyard, farm it myself. Make and sell incredible wine, have it to pass off to my kids.</p>

<p>Hi BIGeastBEAST,</p>

<p>Wow. Your wife is SO lucky! Three weeks vacation PLUS four days off per week? If I do the math correctly, that means that out of 365 days a year, she is only working roughly 135 days a year and she is making good money.</p>

<p>And to be paid for three days worth a work for one day? The nursing life style seems to be way better than I imagine.</p>

<p>Thank you so much for sharing!</p>

<p>Well, it has it's negavtives, but every job will.</p>

<p>You will have to work some night shifts, some weekends, and some holidays (including Xmas). But the nice thing is you know what holidays you have to work a year in advance, so you can plan ahead.</p>

<p>Overall, the quality of life is pretty good. My wife works in labor and delivery, so her environment is more intense, but she loves it. It's more of a "rush" than "stress", at least how she explains it.</p>

<p>The one negative is that your salary will be have stagnate growth. You will start high, but remain there most of your career. There are management opportunities, but the pay isn't attractively higher.</p>

<p>Another negative I've seen is poor management. Mangers are usually just nurses who are willing to be managers. They don't really have trained management, so sometimes they don't run a real tight ship. However, it's a whole unit of females and they seem to workout all the issues amongst themselves. </p>

<p>My wife gets extra pay because she is a certified lactation consultant (I know, sounds wierd), she basically teaches new mothers how to breastfeed. She loves it, and it has worked out real well for her.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>I don't mind working some weekends and some holidays. I hear that holidays, weekends, and night shifts get paid more (sometimes double) than your typical, weekday/non-night shift.</p>

<p>I do realize though, the more years of experience you get, the more power you get over which holidays and days of the week you get to work. In nursing, even though the pay stays roughly around 60,000, as you have mentioned, there are ways to get extra pay. </p>

<p>One could become a nurse practitioner and raise up your pay dramatically (to nearly six figures), or work in ICU where the average salary hovers around $75,000. I would also love to be labor and delivery nurse (my DREAM job), and I have never heard of "lactation consultant." Sounds cool.</p>

<p>As for management...I've worked at fast-food restaraunts/food service, and I have seen some TERRIBLE management. Nothing can be worse than working at McDonald's with people who don't even have a HS diploma, much less a college degree.</p>

<p>Thank you!</p>

<ol>
<li>20 trillion dollars</li>
<li>0 hours a week</li>
<li>Any possible benefit (a personal robot to serve as a maid is also good too)</li>
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<p>^^That sounds like a fantastic job. Can I get in?</p>

<p>Nahh, just kidding. I don't really know what I want to do yet, but I'm thinking of taking a few years off after undergrad to do Teach for America or the Peace Corps, and then finishing my doctorate in the sciences. I would LOVE to be a field researcher and/or a teacher, and possibly a professor when I get much older.</p>

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<li>$50k and we'll go up from there...Six figures would be great.</li>
<li>40-50hrs</li>
<li>Healthcare, plz. Instead of holidays, just give me extra vacation. I'll work Christmas, I don't care.</li>
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<p>As a career...financial planner sounds fun and possibly opening my own firm. but IDK.</p>

<p>i'm not so sure yet. i plan on studying to be a fund manager. i've always been obsessed with stocks, and i know money will come with this job. i guess thats cool, ive dreamed of building my parents a house and showering them with everything they havene't been able to provide me with. i want to be able to prosper and enjoy the nicer things in life. a nice house, vacations, possibly a family...but if i ever come into this much money i dont think i'll ever really realize it. i have nearly nothing right now yet i'm still rich in that i access this website. humility=success</p>

<p>Dream lifestyle... I'd like to make enough to live comfortably in a downtown condo in a major metropolitan area. A major metropolitan area in Europe, as long as I'm dreaming. Somewhere in Germany or Austria.</p>

<p>I'd like to be doing policy analysis for the EU or the UN. Obviously I'd be working a lot of hours, probably erratic ones when important deadlines come up, but I'm okay with dedicating myself to my career.</p>

<p>As for benefits, the normal European fare would be good enough for me. Health care, vacation, etc. Don't know if I'd be using too many of those vacation hours, but it's nice to know they're there.</p>

<p>i'd like to eat pancakes and play red dead redemption all day</p>