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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Trade

Welcome news this morning. The big cheese who hired me on as a temp for the summer spoke to me in the cafe this morning, informing me that she was pleased that I was doing so well and enjoyed being in the intellectual property department of the firm. I told her that the bulk of my legal background was in intellectual property and I would consider taking a full time position with the firm if I was offered a position in that department. I can live with an office without a window. This firm is a big ass firm (to go with my big ass) and the money would be good and I can work in center city Philadelphia. This will come in handy when I start teaching evening classes in playwrighting and acting in the spring.

Should the teaching gig come through that I am presently on hold for - I don't know what I will do. It may come down to money. Readers of this blog know that I am interesting in going back to school either to go into computer forensics or get a masters degree. If I go for an MFA in Creative Writing, that will certainly cost big bucks. These are all prime considerations.

In the meantime, if this position at the firm comes through for me I will be able to pay off personal loans (I don't have outstanding credit debt) I've accrued over the past year or so during unemployment and be able to rent equipment for the Jersey Devil film I want to do.

I feel quite pleased with myself for the first time in a long while. I was lucky to land where I did yesterday in this department and once it was seen that I knew my stuff, the powers that are went to HR to ensure I was here for awhile. It's lovely to do something all day that I love and know that when I leave, I have others things equally exciting to do.


Bruce said...

Question: what is good money and what isn't? Not trying to guess your salary but just wondering. Is good 100k or 50k? And is bad 25k or 40k?

Nancy Kersey said...

For the kind of work that I do and the the size firm involved the money involved is between $45K-60K and usually towards the higher end.

When I teach for the arts councils I made $25-$30 dollars and hour.


Irishcoda said...

A Jersey Devil film? We've seen that ole devil a few times out here in the barrens...that's good news I hope about the law firm!

Bruce said...

Ok. All is relative, I think we can agree on that. I have a friend in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and he makes 100k. He works for a big firm, his tax bracket is only 30%, but there's no security, education, services, etc.
When I buy DVDs through the net, they're always more expensive up here, cars and gaz too, and so on. We're overtaxed also. So my philosophy is simple: it's not what you make, but what you have left at the end of the month. Glad things are working out for you. The opposite would have surprised me.

Heather said...

Congrats Nancy...hope it works out
Btw, I like the blue blog...I find both the former green and this blue color scheme to be calming, soothing, but the blue has an added 'cooling' effect as well. ;)

Ms. Trying to survive the hot weather...

Nancy Kersey said...

Bruce, thank you very much.

Heather, I have been doing an impression of a puddle today. Just a splat of water with legs walking around. It is so freaking hot.