Not to be that guy...who doesn't live there...buuuut in Europe, usually things have discounts until you are 26, whether you are a student or not. Helping the old AND young is not impossible (well, unless your labor coalition is wrecked by financial betting)!
@Harper Alexander@facebook But were you contacted without any solicitation by a recruiter, through a mutual contact who was not aware of your being contacted? I feel like that is the only value-added possible. But I would love to be wrong!
This still hasn't convinced me that anyone has ever gotten a job from LinkedIn. It is an easy way to show a resume. That's it.
"Paul Krugman, who attacks deficit-hawkism almost every week in his widely-read column, has also touched on these themes once or twice over on the editorial page." The editorial page is the Opinion section, I assume you mean he writes for the magazine sometimes.
@KathleenD@twitter Are you sure you don't mean TallTyrionLannister?
@Heckyes Right, duh! This Times article covers the "lucky" ones. But also says the public service people don't owe tax? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/15/your-money/for-student-borrowers-a-tax-time-bomb.html?pagewanted=all
It's SORT OF no longer true that you can't get rid of student loans. If they choose or switch to the new income-based repayment, most public service workers can have debt forgiven in 10 years. For everyone else, it's 25 years. Admittedly, 25 years is so long that it basically only helps someone who never escapes poverty.
@Sallymander I guess I went too far by saying "don't save at all if you have debt!" If don't have a steady income, you need to save. If you have savings goals over one or two years, you need to save. If you can't pay off your loans for many years even when you land a job, you need to save. But don't save just to save, make sure you know it is worth paying more in loan interest, which can double your principal if you only pay the minimum for years.
@Wilgrims Also assuming you qualify for countless 0 percent introductory rate credit cards and 3 percent balance transfer fees, of course. But you don't need great credit for that.
I think it actually doesn't make sense for anyone with debt to save at the moment, if (and I know that's a big if) they are responsible with credit cards. You can get at most 1 percent interest in a savings account. If you need emergency money, that's what a credit card is for. The security of savings is not worth paying much more in loan interest. If we ever get back to 3 percent savings return, maybe. But even then that's iffy.