As you might recall, our oldest, Nighean Gheal, finished college this year.
She had a tumultuous go. Her program, in years gone by, was one year in the US, one year in Hong Kong, one year in Italy, and a fourth year in any one of those locations (most chose the US).
Her Sophomore year - Hong Kong - she was there during the democracy protests. Her Junior year - Italy - was a combination of the school shutting down followed by racing across Europe (literally) to get to England where she could still get out, remoting in to complete the semester and then having to go back to get her stuff. Her Senior Year was a combination of 50% US (all remote), followed by 50% Hong Kong (after a three week quarantine upon arrival).
However, she persevered - yea, more than persevered - and successfully graduated (although hilariously, due to having to collect three sets of grades, no diploma yet) - and finished with an internship at a large - very large - consulting firm.
Her hard work paid off. Last week she got a job offer from afore mentioned very large consulting firm.
The details are coming in - still no formal letter yet - but at a minimum, her starting salary will be what it took me something like 15 years to make in my industry (and yes, that does indeed account for inflation).
The most unusual thing about this offer - at least to me - is that it will most likely not start until next year.
Call it an output of The Plague. Typically students in her program do their major internship in their Junior year and get the offer, contingent on completing their Senior Year. There were no internships last year, so here we are. So it is quite possible she could effectively have a gap year before starting her job.
She still has a part time job, and may have yet another offer she could fill the year with. And yes, I know things are pretty unstable right now.
But still, it is nice for her to have a vindication of all of her effort, at least now. And maybe a long vacation to boot.
We are very proud of her (even if, as a Dad, I sometimes find it hard to say).