We expanded our professional skills
We expanded our professional skills
Name: Kushal Chakrabarty and Beverly Schwarz Chakrabarty
Age: 30 and 26
Location: Oakland, Calif.

The recession has affected me because I know I cannot ask for whatever I would like when it comes to my paycheck or benefits.

Big salary increases are difficult to negotiate in this economic climate. So Beverly and I are trying to build our professional skills by taking online classes and certificate courses so that when the economy rebounds, we are more marketable. -- Kushal Chakrabarty

Last updated October 26 2011: 5:36 PM ET
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