R D
over 3 years ago
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The Saddest Thing I've Had to Do: Declining an Offer from a Great Company

After more than a year a infuriating and sometimes heartbreaking job search as I struggled to complete grad school while working fulltime, I finally scored an interview with a Fortune 100 company. I prepared. I was excited. I got an offer: 75K base, 12.5K signing bonus, and 14K relocation package. I have to decline.

The state income tax and the cost of living compared to where I live now making 62K would actually result in a decline in my quality of life. I'm so depressed. I really wanted to have a career at this company. It's a fantastic company, but with student loan repayment approaching I would be a working poor.

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Mariah Bliss
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Hi RD: I'm so sorry to hear you had to turn down that great opportunity because of student loans - it makes me so sad that the state of education today has limited upward mobility for a lot of young people. Have you explored all your repayment options? I have student loans as well, so I'm an unwilling expert on them haha. A lot of loan repayment plans can be based on your income.

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