Changing jobs is one of those difficult decisions that can affect a lot of things. One of them is an expense that few people think about when changing jobs, but it costs a lot of money. It could be buying clothes that fit the new company culture, technological equipment for the job.
Changing clothes style due to changing working environment
Mai Tran (24 years old) had to buy back all her work clothes when she changed jobs. Before that, the girl who worked for a company was quite comfortable in her clothes, so her style from college to work was not much different. However, the new company is quite serious, often wearing shirts and office clothes, to adapt to the new environment, she has bought quite a few new things.
“I remember when I first received a job offer, until after 2 months of probation, I spent about 10 million VND to buy new clothes. My wardrobe from T-shirts to shirts, skirts, trousers. Each product falls between 500-600 thousand VND, in my opinion, this is the basic price for current office furniture.
For Mai Tran, this is almost a certain amount of money to spend to better serve the job. “Actually, I’m a little bit short on money, but I think it will help with work, so I feel fine.”
Like Mai Tran, Ha Giang (26 years old) almost had to change her wardrobe when she switched from freelancing to an office environment. “The amount of money I had to spend at that time was almost equal to the first month’s salary, about 5-6 million dong.”
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Buy new work supplies
In addition to changing the wardrobe, Ha Giang is also saving and planning to buy a new motorbike to replace the current low-displacement car. The new place of work is far from her friend’s house compared to the old company, the job characteristics also require more travel.
“Anyway, this will be a means of serving life and work in the future, so even if I don’t stick with my current job for a long time, I think it’s still a necessary investment.”
Besides, Hien Anh (25 years old) in March this year has just decided to move to a new company with 3.4 times more workload than at the old place. “Because of the heavier nature of my work, I need to work anytime, anywhere, so I am cherishing buying a new computer to serve my work. Compared to the old company, my current salary is higher, so the amount of savings each month also increases accordingly. Before, I saved 3 million/month, now I save 5 million/month.”
She also shared that because she wanted to buy a computer as quickly as possible, in addition to that fixed monthly savings, Hien Anh also limited expenses for personal gatherings and entertainment. “I used to love going out, shopping like when I have free time, I surf to close orders. Now I work a part-time job so I don’t have free time, so I can increase my income and not have to buy expensive junk.”
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To make the transition period lighter, not burdened with money. First, always have to plan your spending and budget carefully so that you don’t fall into the situation that the first month’s salary at a new company has not been received and has already spent all of your savings. Here are 5 basic budgeting steps anyone can use effectively:
1. Summary of income sources: Total revenue – this is the amount you have to work for every month. Make sure to include income from all sources – salary from main job, overtime, bonuses, investments,…
2. Prioritize your monthly fixed expenses: These expenses tend to stay the same (or roughly the same) from month to month and can be just what you need to sustain your day-to-day living. These include bills such as your rent or mortgage, cell phone, cable, Internet, utilities and fixed loans, loan repayments.
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3. Planning for variable expenses: These are expenses that can change from month to month. These include things like gas, groceries, food and entertainment expenses. Some may be necessary, others you can reduce, such as Hien Anh who reduced this to save for a larger goal.
4. Plan for occasional expenses: These are the costs incurred over time, as well as the amount for each job change. You can create a financial buffer for special events or financial emergencies.
5. Contribute to your savings: The money left over after paying your bills can be put into savings. Consider short-term goals like an emergency fund, as well as long-term goals like retirement planning.