I got some good news from Michael yesterday. He received an offer from a company in Provo, Utah called Zefr. The starting salary is $62,000 a year which sounds really excellent to me (I was offered $15,500/yr upon graduation from college in 1975 as a Mechanical Engineer), although he’s a little disappointed because he knows people who are making significantly more in the same field.
Nevertheless, I think he’s quite happy and relieved. Living in San Francisco is stressful and I know he is ready to move on. It took a lot of guts for him to move there in the first place, but his drive and determination have paid off. I told him I was very proud of him. I am also happy that he will still be in the western U.S., and Utah in particular, which makes it a little easier for me to stay connected with him — and for him to stay connected with the church.
Just to recap, Michael graduated from BYU Idaho in December 2016 with a major in Psychology. During most of his college career, he had been interested in human resources and even co-founded a professional HR society on campus. Toward the end of his college years he participated in three different internships, but didn’t want to work for any of them long-term.
Somewhere along the line, he became very interested in working for a tech start up company, and San Francisco seemed to be the center of the universe for those kinds of opportunities. So upon graduation, and with no job prospects, he took a big leap of faith and moved to San Francisco, hoping to realize his dream.
He discovered that it was very difficult to find a job he wanted with the education he had. He has been paying $700-$1000 a month for very small living quarters and supporting himself by driving for Lyft or delivering food by bicycle. It was a challenge, to say the least. Fortunately, he’s very disciplined and has a good work ethic which has gotten him by.
At length, he made the decision to change career paths and enrolled in a 90 day coding Boot Camp, graduating in early March, which put him significantly further into debt and still no guarantee of a decent job. But after several months of job searching, he’s received this job offer which will give him good experience even if it doesn’t turn out to be what he wants long-term.
So it’s great to see him have an opportunity to move on to the next chapter of his life. I’m praying for him as I do all of my children. He has great talent and a bright future, but still has plenty of challenges ahead, and difficult lessons to learn, as do we all.
Update: Michael did some negotiating and got the company to increase their offer to $67,500!