Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Overdraft Blues

I wanted to do a few papers towards my masters degree this semester. After Christmas it's become clear that not only do I not have the money, I barely have enough to pay the bills.

Let me be plain, this is not because I'm paid just on or above the poverty line. I earn something like $40 000 per year, gross. Not US dollars (if only!) It's enough to live, if not comfortably, then at least without worry over where the next meal is coming from. If I worked at a comparable job in a PICU in the US I would make between twice to three times what I make here, depending on location and bonuses. In the UAE, about the same once you discount the taxation differences. Still, I get a reasonable wage. I think it should be more, but I'm aware that there is not a whole lot of extra money flying around in our national health budget and I'm (somewhat) resigned to that.

The trouble is, I'm not terribly good at managing what I earn. Real estate is extremely expensive here, and at my current rate of saving I'll be fortunate to be able to afford to put a deposit on a house sometime in my fourties. Very fortunate, actually. I may need to become resigned to something else: renting for the rest of my life.

So, further education is on hold for at least the first half of the year. It's becoming more and more tempting to take a working holiday overseas to build up some reserves, although right now it's the last thing I want to do.
Posted by PaedsRN at 2:25 PM

Blogger The Platypus, at 1:44 PM  

I'm confused. What country are you working in? And if those aren't US dollars, then what? New grads make more than $40K in the USA even before they get their licenses. Your "twice to three times" estimate if you were working in the US is a little optimistic but $40,000/yr sounds seriously out of whack.

Blogger HypnoKitten, at 6:41 PM  

He's in New Zealand. I bet he could make twice that here with his experience!

Get your butt over here to the US, Paeds! ;)

Oh hey, I do have some pics for you BTW....

Blogger The Platypus, at 5:35 AM  

A quick search yields: 1 New Zealand dollar = 0.6969 U.S. dollars. Ouch! That's worse than I thought. Yeah, that "twice to three times" estimate is spot on, even without much experience, but the downside is he wouldn't be in New Zealand.

Blogger HypnoKitten, at 1:55 PM  

I thought that was the upside! The Pacific Northwest might be an acceptable alternative? Less sheep, but better coffee.

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