Should I start working?

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Dec 3, 2019 30 Comments

my parents want me to stay home as long as possible (they’re not sick or anything, we just get along well) before I go to work. So far (graduated about a year ago) i’ve been really enjoying it.

As soon as I graduated I interviewed at two companies (Adobe and a startup) and got offers from both (TC 140k and 100k+”70k” respectively) which I turned down to stay home and do whatever I wanted. I had also made it to the onsite round with google by this point but told them I changed my mind about looking for work. If it’s true that google lets new grads hold onto an offer for up to a year though then I should consider getting back to them.

I’m 24 y/o, and my parents are wealthy enough and more than happy to (for now, at least) sustain me indefinitely at a pretty high standard of living. What I would get from working is my own place (rather than just my own room), more peers, and I could buy my own car (no room at my parents’ house for an extra car). I could also call myself financially independent, but most of my friends wouldn’t really care and most have already told me I’m really lucky to have this opportunity to not work. I suppose there are also cool, big, scalable projects I could work on only if I worked at one of the tech giants, but I don’t know how lucky you have to be to find a team/work you really enjoy, so I don’t wanna count on that.

Is anybody else who was in a similar situation grateful they started working even though they didn’t have to? Any regrets? I’ve been thinking about reconsidering my options once I turn 26 since then my parents’ benefits (healthcare) will stop covering me, but perhaps I should start sooner?

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  • Wayfair / Eng
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    Imagine being someone who actually fills out the “previously” field and letting HR narrow down who might be.
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    I would never hire you. If my company gave you an offer, and I was working in the same sphere or voted on that hiring committee, I would threaten to quit if they did mot rescind that offer.

    You are a parasite. You’re 25 and have never worked a day in your life. You don’t deserve a TC anywhere near $70k. You haven’t paid your dues. Go fucking bad groceries at Walmart and start at the bottom with everyone else.

    Fuck off.
    Dec 3, 2019 7
    • Salesforce ;9;8382)(
      Salty much, Wayfair?
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Wayfair WNEm45
      This is why Wayfair has a terrible reputation for engineering managers. Find what motivates your folks and fit the right type of work for them.
      Dec 3, 2019
  • HPE vkj123
    I would never ever recommend taking a break at this age. This is the age where u have the maximum learning curve. No matter whatever field u want to take up. Dont take a break. It will break your continuity and make it tougher to get back on track. Taking a break later on in life is better
    Dec 3, 2019 0
  • HAHAHAHA go be a fucking adult dude you’re not 18 anymore
    Dec 3, 2019 0
  • Wayfair WNEm45
    Go back to school for another degree like a MS or PhD.
    Dec 3, 2019 0
  • Etsy eycJ86
    Get your own money. You never know what'll happen if you don't have your own methods to support yourself.
    Dec 3, 2019 1
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      I have about 100k saved away (in FAANG stocks actually) from my past internships. Having a job offer on hand that I could wait on for a while (like google for 1yr) would be a lot better though.
      Dec 3, 2019
  • Workday / Data Olqz83
    It's not about now, it's about 10 years from now, when you will start wanting things separately from your parents, and everyone around you are younger and work better jobs, because they used their time to grow. It's about when you will be you parents age and will want to offer your future children the same. And the longer you will wait, the harder it will be to go back to the work force. Don't stop growing and developing your skills - at work, school, or working on your own thing.
    Also, do you have other meaningful relationships in your life? Being very close to parents some times will not leave room or desire for a significant other.
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      This is what I’ve been thinking about too. I actually like leetcode/math (majored in pure math and CS) so I like to think I’ve been keeping my skills sharp by solving problems here and there. Right now I’m usually able to finish leetcode contests in < 1 hr which is better than when I interviewed at Adobe. However, I am afraid that due to lack of job experience I will fall behind my peers. Things may change, but I don’t think my current friends are the sort to rub it in if that were the case, and right now I already have some friends who have gone on to achieve great things (Sold startup, prestigious research opportunities, etc) by my age that I couldn’t realistically hope to compete with. So keeping up with my peers is less of a concern to me than, say, having to work on less interesting stuff due to just starting out.

      There’s a research lab I interned 4x at who I have an unofficial return invite for (TC 90k) which was very chill, fun team, cool work, and I got my own office, but I’m not sure if it would help career progression as much as a proper SWE role. I fear I may be locking myself to a local minimum by going for that.
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Workday / Data Olqz83
      By peers I meant people you will work with. I don't think I know enough to give advice about the specific job. You sound like a capable person, I am sure you will figure it out. Just remember that "no decision" is a type of decision, and that like every decision, it has costs. If you know what you want, go for it. If you don't, I find that trying things out is more beneficial than prolonged soul searching.
      Dec 4, 2019
  • Symantec / Eng sympleton
    You are basically a spoiled brat. Go get a job. There's nothing like making your own money and not be beholden to anyone.
    Dec 3, 2019 0
  • New let_
    😂😂😂😂wtf go do something you like then?
    Dec 3, 2019 0
  • ByteDance eyemask
    Do something that u r really passionate about...not having to work is always an option
    Dec 3, 2019 0
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng A12Fusion
    You only live once, but at the same time. You should be a little less selfish and reduce burden on parents. You are fully capable of supporting yourself or at least contributing to household expenses.

    But yes to answer your other question. I have 2 year contract to return back to FAANG after I finish school. I know google does 1 year for interns from a friend.
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      If I felt I was becoming a burden to my parents it would be a different story altogether (and things may change), but when I had those offers on hand they insisted I should turn it down and not be in such a “hurry” to enter the workforce.

      Does Google do 1 year only for returning interns?
      Dec 3, 2019

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