The thirteenth episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features myself and our media producer, Tom Dziubek, in a discussion about tips for graduating seniors who are entering the job market and are embarking upon a career this summer. Also in today’s episode, Tom discusses the Cash for Clunkers program with an expert from Intuit, Bob Meighan.
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[00:00] Introduction from Tom Dziubek
[00:44] Flexo and Tom discuss tips for new graduates
[01:09] — Proper “costumes” for job interviews and for work
[04:27] — Salary negotiations
[08:08] — Company retirement plans
[11:32] — Opening an IRA
[13:24] Interview with Bob Meighan of Intuit about the Cash for Clunkers program
[14:44] — Cash allowance that the program allows
[15:43] — What cars qualify for the program
[16:33] — Cash for Clunkers trade-in vs. independently selling your car
[17:33] — Discussing the possibility of buying a cheap used car in order to take advantage of the trade-in allowance
[18:06] — What cars can be purchased
[19:23] — How consumers get credited
[19:52] — How long the Cash for Clunkers program lasts