The Story of UP Switchboard

Founded on February 24, 2015

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I am Craig Swinyard. I started UP Switchboard so that Pilots could help each other out.

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by Taylor on May 02, 2017

New Grads! Helpful Financial Advice

Congratulations to all the soon-to-be new grads out there! I wanted to share this article I found written by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz that includes some helpful financial tips for starting your life after college. If any of you have questions about getting your finances in order and would like to chat with someone who has been through it, please feel free to send me a message! I am not a financial adviser and this offer has nothing to do with my job - personal finance is just something I'm really passionate about and want to help teach to others! From personal experience and research, I can talk with you about budgeting, saving, HSAs, paying back student loans, the benefits of buying a used car vs. leasing/buying a new one (or not having one at all - my preferred option!), how much you should put into your work retirement plan, investing, credit cards, etc. Anything we'd talk about would only be suggestions and information to help you understand the world of personal finance better. I knew very little about this stuff when I graduated, so I truly just want to share what I've learned over the past few years and hopefully help some new grads :)

by Gabriel on May 12, 2017

Legal work/information

Another ask! I just graduated with a degree in Env. Ethics and Policy, and I want to apply to the environmental law program at Lewis and Clark next year. I am looking to connect with as many practicing individuals as possible, so that I can learn more about what it is like to work in environmental law in the PNW, and hopefully to find some opportunities for work in a law firm over the next year. Any help is much appreciated!

by Gilbert on May 05, 2017

Alumnus Moving to Pittsburgh

Hello Pilots! I'm going to be moving to Pittsburgh, PA in the middle of the summer to attend Carnegie Mellon's Heinz college for my MS in Public Policy & Management. I was wondering if there were any fellow alumni in the area. I'd love to connect with people and get a feel for the city and networking. -Gilbert

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