So MUCH has happened over the last few weeks that I hardly know where to begin. First off Ben is finishing his PHD in Economics in June (Dr. Hansen... totally hot) and we have spent the first few weeks of 2009 looking for a job. In January he meet with 16 different companies, schools and government think tanks at the AEA conference for preliminary interviews. From that, he received 7 fly outs around the country trying to find the best fit. That gratefully turned into 3 TERRIFIC offers. The hard part was picking.
1 San Diego, California - Litigation Consulting
(LAW and Order dream come true- long hours)
2 Columbia, Maryland - Growing Government Think tank
(Flexibility, Secret Data Great Location)
3 Bethesda, Maryland - Established Government Think tank
(Mentorship, More Secret Data, Longer Commute)
After careful consideration and a last minute trip to Maryland and DC (knowledge of a Target, Trader Joes' and Cheesecake Factory in a 10mile radius) we choose....
Ben has accepted a position as a Senior Research Associate/Economist with IMPAQ International!
We spent the last few days in Columbia, and it is soooo cool. It is beautiful and very family friendly. We are just south of Baltimore and about 45 minutes from DC. So when everyone comes to visit (wink) there will be lots to do.