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Of Fathers and Sons John Saunders on Life’s Next Steps
A company may offer a great upfront salary and benefits, but what does that look like in six months? A year? Five years? Is there room for advancement?” about a 401(k) for the very first time. And with each offer, he has to ask what each company expects out of him, and what he expects out of each company. A company may offer a great upfront salary and benefits, but what does that look like in six months? A year? Five years? Is there room for advancement? college. But with offers on the table right away, he’s in a position not a lot of people get to be in. As I give him advice, I remind him he’s in a very fortunate place in life. He has almost no major responsibilities — no wife, no kids, no debt — so he can jump on just about any opportunity and come out okay. I’m excited to see my oldest son take these next steps into the larger world. My younger son will be in a similar position in no time. They’re spreading their wings, which also makes every moment together all the more precious. Before I know it, they both be focused on building their careers and building their lives. It’s a big change, but one we’re all getting ready to make together. All of these details can be overwhelming, and not just for someone fresh out of
My dad has always been a big influence in my life. I think of him as my mentor and counsel. I seek a lot of advice from him on a number of topics and consider him one of my best friends. I feel that, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to see him more as a friend rather than just a father — though he’s still very much that father figure. As my sons get older, my goal is to be there for them whenever they need me. This May, my oldest son graduated from college and, right out the door, he left school with several job offers on the table. Just before graduation, he was already navigating these uncharted waters, thinking hard about what he’s going to do next, but unsure of what exactly that “next” would be. You could say he’s traded one learning experience for another.
In the weeks leading up to graduation, the two of us spent a good amount of time talking about those next steps. I’ve been able to help him navigate this new world and share some of my own insights. As a computer science major and programmer, he is going to hit the ground running, but I’m here to give him any guidance he might need along the way, one step at a time. Above all, I really want him to enjoy what he does, no matter what job offer he ultimately takes. But there are still plenty of other things to take into consideration. Graduating is one thing, but thinking about a starting salary and benefits package is something else entirely.
He’ll be making the transition to his own health insurance and thinking
– John Saunders
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