October 11, 2010 § 8 Comments
To show all of you lurkers how grateful I am for comments of any type, I’m going to do one better than answer in the comment section and dedicate an entire post tonight to answering Ceberus’ question. Thank you Ceberus!! 🙂
Ceberus writes: ‘Well, I’m in that batch of “quitting job during recession + when recession is about to get worse.” What made you head to the grad school? Would you mind me asking what you are studying? ‘
Well, everyone says that the recession is the best time for going back to school, but we all know what they really mean… it’s the best time for going back to school if you’re just out of college and totally experience-less and job-less… and yes of course, and/or if you’ve been layed off. I don’t think they quite mean – jump at the first chance to skip out on a well paying job with a career prospect to try something new… or at least that’s the fear, right. But seriously, who gives…
The truth is, there were a few things at play in my decision. And it wasn’t until some random flobotomist lady made me feel strange about leaving work after she said something like… ‘huh, that’s brave!’ …of course I knew she didn’t mean brave, she meant stupid!
so I really had to think about whether or not it was a wise decision and here’s what I’ve come up with…
I’m doing this because… (and if you’re considering going back to school or switching jobs, or whatever it is you wanna do… you should too.)
a) I don’t give a shit about the recession – honestly, if life ever comes down to having to eat bread for dinner and share close living quarters with others, I will first of all laugh my ass off at the irony, SERIOUSLY…, eat my bread stale – just how i liked it as a kid, and not for a second regret quitting my job!
Seriously, if that’ the outcome and the alternative would have been to work all the way up until that outcome, I say good lord, I’d rather gnaw on my stale piece of bread knowing that a few years earlier I was sipping on chocolate in Belgium.
And if the argument is that those who have jobs now don’t end up suffering from the recession as much – I say, trust me, they’re suffering… from uncertainty, from being overworked, under-paid and what’s worse, being in a state of mind where they feel so trapped by their working identify that they literally can’t imagine what it is like to live for something more worthwhile, um like… i dunno, life, joy, passion…? OK, of course, no offense to all you working folks… it’s damn important and can be just as gratifying, but the second it stops being so, there’s no need to claw at preserving this lifestyle… it must bring joy or at least promise joy in the future. Maybe you’re saving up for something, or waiting for the right time… that’s ok I guess, but don’t forget re-assess and keep looking for that time on the horizon. There is no reason to just stay put for the sake of staying put. We are very resilient, resourceful people… able to deal with all kinds of things in life. Don’t let that resilience be used only in life’s unavoidable awful moments, the ones that require you to brace yourself … find ways to be resilient on purpose, at least then you’re expecting it and the outcome is just as remarkable.
b) Ok, so then there’ s b in this rambling session… This point is a lot more reasonable… I think that anything that will help you invest in yourself during a time when competition is hightened due to layoffs and difficult times, expanding your skills by going back to school is THE BEST thing that you can do for yourself – ESPECIALLY in a time of a recession. It’s like a company that spends more money on tools and labor during a time it’s not making as much, just to gear up for when business picks up and only the best few get to ride the wave…
RIDE THE WAVE.
c) But, honestly this has got to be the only one that really matters… the most meaningful reason for me… it is the reason I believe anyone should do anything in life.
If it excites you, do it!
If it terrifies you, do it!
If it changes you, do it!
If you look in the mirror and wonder even for a second whether your life is on a downward slope and you don’t seem to have much to look forward to, start looking for your new chapter… recession or not. I can tell you this, a new chapter, be it good or great, always takes you forward and if you want to feel the rush of life, forward is the only direction you need to go…
Ever since I made the decision to quit my job, life has been nothing but interesting. Every day, every week, every month… even every future month out for as long as I can imagine is one big, interesting, exciting, spontaneous surprise…. I will not know a dull moment until I’m 30 – THAT I’ve guaranteed myself.
And they say… (and this is how I remember it too)… that youth is exciting for its possabilities, but what I’ve learned from the beginnings of this experience is that it is in fact not youth that holds those possabilities, but your own desire to march on… For simply, youth only guarantees the desire for time to pass and life to move forward and with it comes all of the excitement. I am now 28 and have paved the same journey for myself and recommend this to anyone who’s forgotten what it’s like to look forward to the next month, or next year… No more, it’s Christmas already, I can’t believe your last birthday was last year, good lord I’ve been here long enough to go to that same office party 5 times… or whatever, it’s exactly the same type of thing that makes you realize it’s time to end a relationship. If Life is on repeat, but things aren’t getting any better. Time to reboot.
Anyway, to answer your question, in as coherent a way as I can – NOT, my program is in marketing analysis. I chose it based on the idea that it would give me skills I do not yet posses. And, if I were to give anyone school advice I think that’s what I would say. Maybe the recession isn’t the best time to feed your heart… so possibly, stay away from studying anthropology diggs in Ethiopia (as I would have surely done if I could like do ANYTHING), but if you can find something that gives you valuable skills – much better ones and faster than any hands-on work experience might, then you’ve found a bullet proof recession program, my friend.
So, yeah, I guess that kind of contradicts what I was saying ealier, but whatever… I am free spirited, but I’m also practical as hell and always have a plan – yes, even when you think I’m flayling about, I’m not. And all those times I got made fun of for not having cable, or internet, or… a BED. ha… it was all part of the plan. I mean, I’m here aren’t I.
So.. In closing … if you’re thinking about doing anything in life that excites you, terrifies you or changes you… DO IT! Just make sure you can afford it, it gives you skills or something you can’t get anywhere else and it kills more than one WANT within yourself at the same time. So that you’re not putting anything on hold – do it ALL.
And speaking of skillz, today I turned in (EARLY, no joke) my first SAS assignment.
Read this and weep…
* 1.2 Create a library called MMA;
LIBNAME MMA ‘H:/My SAS Files’;
* 1.3 Write a dataset for a Satisfaction Survey with two variables using Datalines;
INPUT Name $ Satisfaction;
PROC PRINT DATA=mma.hifi_satisfac NOOBS;
TITLE ‘Hifi Industry Satisfaction Survey’;
* 1.4 Using Import Procedure read in sheet ‘Age’ and label dataset as ‘Age’;
PROC IMPORT DATAFILE= ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_1_4.xls’
out= ex_1_4 DBMS=xls;
PROC PRINT DATA=ex_1_4 NOOBS;
*1.5 Create a table “Eurovision” using list input;
INFILE ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_1_5.txt’ DLM= ’09’X;
INPUT Rank Country :$20. Points;
PROC PRINT DATA= mma.eurovision NOOBS;
*1.6 Create a dataset “Movies” using column input;
INFILE ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_1_6.txt’ DLM= ‘ ‘;
INPUT move_id 1–6 name $ 15–39 box_office COMMA6. @52 nbr_vis;
PROC PRINT DATA= mma.movies;
Title ‘Movie Theater Data’;
*1.7 Create a dataset “Scores” making use of formatted input;
INFILE ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_1_7.txt’;
INPUT Name $ 1–18 @25 Birthday MMDDYY8. @35 Grad PERCENT4.;
FORMAT Birthday DDMMYY10.;
PROC PRINT DATA= mma.scores NOOBS;
*2.1 Create a dataset “Survey” using a set that contains more than one row per customer;
INFILE ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_2_1.txt’ DLM= ‘,’ MISSOVER;
INPUT Custid Gender $
/ Q1 $ Q2 $ Q3 $;
PROC PRINT DATA= mma.survey NOOBS;
TITLE ‘Customer Survey’;
*2.2 Create a dataset “Pubs” making sure that pub_id is not included;
INFILE ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_2_2.txt’ DSD DLM=’ ‘ TRUNCOVER;
INPUT Name :$11. @’zipcode:’ Zipcode @’city:’ City $;
PROC PRINT DATA=mma.scores;
TITLE ‘Pub List’;
*2.3 Create a dataset “Basketball” from multiple observations on one line;
INFILE ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_2_3.txt’ FIRSTOBS=2 OBS=3 DLM= ‘;’;
INPUT Match :$20. Played Date DDMMYY10.@@;
FORMAT Date DATE9.;
PROC PRINT DATA= mma.basketball NOOBS;
TITLE ‘Game Schedule’;
*3.1 Create a dataset “Sept_sales” and add sale_id and min_sale as variables;
INFILE ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_3_1.txt’ DLM=’,’;
INPUT Date DDMMYY10. Name :$20. Sale_amount;
RETAIN Sale_id 2499 Min_sale;
Min_sale= MIN (Min_sale, Sale_amount);
Sale_id= (sale_ID + 1);
FORMAT Date DATE9. Sale_amount COMMA6. Min_sale COMMA6.;
PROC PRINT DATA=mma.sept_sales NOOBS;
TITLE ‘Min Sale Customers’;
*3.2 Create a dataset “Sat_Survey” and add sale_id and min_sale as variables;
INFILE ‘C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\MMA Program\Marketing Engineering I\Assignment I\ex_3_2.txt’ DLM= ’09’X FIRSTOBS=2;
INPUT cust_id gender $ dob MMDDYY10. Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9 Q10;
FORMAT dob MMDDYY10.;
IF Gender = ‘M’ THEN Gender_Code = 1;
ELSE IF Gender = ‘F’ THEN Gender_Code = 0;
ELSE Gender_Code= ‘.’;
Age= ROUND ((’01JAN2006’D – dob)/365);
ARRAY old (10) Q1 — Q10;
DO i = 1 TO 10;
old (i) = 8 – old (i);
Avg_satisfaction= MEAN(OF Q1 – Q2);
Avg_sat_max= MAX (avg_sat_max, avg_satisfaction);
PROC PRINT DATA= mma.sat_survey;
TITLE ‘Satisfaction Survey’;
October 9, 2010 § 4 Comments
Even though I thought that I had totally given myself permission to do nothing but work for the next year, somehow I did not account for days like this when I’m too lazy for it… and in those moments it seems, being neither at work, nor at play is rather depressing. Yesterday, I swore to myself I would work all day…. ugh, this did not happen. I didn’t have a bad day really, some lovely music to keep me company, a friend to chat with and the winding down from the week – bumming around that I’m so good at. Today however I was suppo0se to awaken with a new leash on life. A leash that lasted oh… all of an hour, after which I was back to being a bum. A lazy one, too …. too lazy even for a shower… or even to watch a movie that’s almost overdue from the library… that’s like REALLY lazy.
The real reason I think is that I just can’t seem to get comfortable. I know it’s been a while since I’ve complained about my back, but oy it just won’t stop hurting and is driving me nutts. There doesn’t seem to be a single position that makes it feel better…. not lying down, not sitting, not standing… sometimes walking helps, but only in that it takes my mind off the constant sensation that I’m on fire. In the last week or so it’s gotten even worse than before, but I think it might be my fault – I was iciing it and, while I haven’t looked this up to see if it’s even scientifically possible, I”m pretty sure I burnt myself with the icepack – it literally left a bruise on my ass that looks like Texas and has been sore ever since. …walking is not an option anyway – not when you’re lazy!… and certainly not when you’re pretending to be ABOUT TO study. bah.
I guess I’ll make an doc appointment on Monday – might as well take advantage of my crazy free insurance here.
And I know complaing about this isn’t going to do anything and certainly things could be much much worse, at least my clavicle is in tact … and who needs that other thing anyway (i only prayed for it to be gone my entire adult life)! but it’s been more than an year now since this all started and I just want it to stop… 😦
In other news, i got another txt from Tars the ball-dropping surgery guy, to thank me for getting him to quit smoking. The longer version of this story is that during our encounter I had told him of a book that my friend swears by as a be-all end-all solution to quitting smoking. So, after a few failed attempts at contacting me after our non-date, he had emailed me a request for the book pdf – this is when I took the opportunity to ask directly to be left alone and wish him luck with the book attachment.
I haven’t personally read the book, but the friend who recommended it was supposedly a chain smoker himself before and said that he couldn’t have done it without it. So, anyway… apparently it worked for Tars too. So for all you smokers out there who’ve tried everything, you might wanna consider trying this (*Ahem, you know who you are!). Assming of course that we can add Tars to the success list, I’m becoming more and more curious of the books content myself. I think I finally need to read it – it might give my constant referrals a bit more clout. Not everyone is as eager to please as nice Belgian stalker-boys. But anyway, no worries, I did not respond.
Been struggling with SAS today too… I can’t get this stupid simple thing to work and can’t figure out what I”m doing wrong…. GRRR.
That’s about it… Too bad blogs aren’t a two way street, it gets a bit boring being the only one posting. Any requests? A nice little Haiku perhaps? Sage Wisdom? Free Advice? Questions…? Comments? C’mon, give me something to work with here…
Maybe I’ll start an advice column instead, that seems a lot more interesting than rehashing my day for you anyway. C’mon, make it anonymous, post some question! I’ll do anything from how to quit your job during a recession to how not to end up getting stalked in Europe in your first week. I’ve made loads of mistakes (that there’s no reason for you to repeat), and can probably help with anything. And just cause I don’t always follow my own advice, doesn’t mean I don’t have tons of things I know I should be doing… and so should you! 🙂 Try me! Pleeeease….