Headlines for Monday:
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|A||X||@1030-1130 Usability: Linda - session 3|
|A||X||@1300 Revise paper according to Mark's comments|
|A||X||@1500-1600 Usability test: Shaikh Quader - session 4|
|A||X||@1800-2000 Money Management for the Next Stage of Your Life, Faculty Club Upper Dining Room, 41 Willcocks St.|
|A||X||Outline Emacs article|
|A||X||Send mail, finally|
|A||X||Blog about personal finance seminar|
|A||X||Prepare oatmeal for tomorrow|
|A||X||Set up tea trolley|
|A||X||Set up TV table with kitchen appliances|
|A||X||Organize clothes for tomorrow|
|A||X||Read a chapter of Quinn's book gift|
Last week was a week of thresholds. I've started doing my usability tests, and I'm not going to stop until I finish them. Then I'm going to write them up into my thesis, and then I'll be done.
Last week, I went through my first ever behavioral interview. An IBM HR person asked me those job-interview-type questions that start with "Tell me a story about a time you...".
Last week, I scheduled my first job interview.
Things are moving faster and faster. I'm walking through so many doors.
Goals for this week:
- Revise my paper according to Mark Chignell's comments.
- Finish all my usability tests.
- Write that Emacs mail productivity article.
- Attend and learn from a few seminars offered by the University of Toronto.
I also *really* need to explore my goals this week, because my job interview is coming up and I had better have a good idea of what I'm getting myself into. Can I stand a job with high travel and lots of stress if it means learning a lot?
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I attended a personal finance seminar by Ellen Roseman, a Toronto Star columnist and University of Toronto alumna. I'll write about it in more detail as I reflect more on personal finance, but here are a few new nuggets I picked up:
- No RRSPs until I get my paperwork sorted out! Boo. Not fun knowing better practices and not being able to use them.
- It might be a good idea to invest money into an RRSP while I'm young, then take a holiday—leaving the money there to take advantage of tax-deferred growth—and do something else with the money I'm already used to setting aside. For example, I could save up for a house.
- You can carry forward the tax deduction you get when you invest in an RRSP, so you can invest now in order to take advantage of the tax-deferred growth and claim the deduction when it makes more sense tax-wise. Must figure out when that makes sense.
- Four magic words: "Can I do better?" Ask for discounts!
- Two good books: The Wealthy Barber, The Richest Man in Babylon.
- Tour of Canadian personal finance blogs. Check ellenroseman.com for the link.
- I should check out the TD monthly income fund or dividend funds to find a growth-oriented investment vehicle. Morningstar.ca has good reviews.
- Might be more comfortable with a financial advisor within 10 years of my age.
- E-mail car dealers to get good quotes without having to shop around so much.
Interesting tips came from the other attendees:
- Skype now has a yearly plan. That'll be worth signing up for.
- Insurance brokers can be handy.
Worth the time.
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