It’s at this point in the MBA experience that we start turning our eyes to finding a job that will utilize this fancy degree upon graduation. Fortunately for me, there’s a 100% historical correlation between “Burton graduation from college” and “United States economic downturns“. So the job hunt is basically awful and everything - EVERYTHING - I’ve applied for has rejected me, either explicitly (”No, thank you.”) or implicitly (”Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”)

The problem is that I’m being ambitious. I’d really like to use the education and experience I’ve gained here to springboard into a career with upward mobility, but, as noted, that’s not working out so far for me. I’m starting to get scared; since I want to stay in the Portland area, I’m worried that I’ll just have to go back to doing what I was doing, which will more or less (in my mind) invalidate the last two years of my life. I’d be okay if it was just ~$100k-120k in lost income from quitting my job, but the $40,000* I’m going to owe in student loans may mean that this will rank as the biggest mistake in Burton’s long history of mistakes.

We’ll see, though. All’s not lost yet.

* with a student loan interest rate of 6.8%, my student loans (compounded annually) will cost me something like $226.66 per month in interest alone.

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