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Old 03-05-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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I am going to graduate school and will have to decide between a school in Atlanta and another city. I had a discussion with someone who's daughter is also deciding between the two. She said that she told her daughter not to move to Atlanta because the job market isn't good in Atlanta and the jobs that are there do not pay very much. I am in my early 20's, have a bachelors degree in psychology and about 6 years of work history. I'm pursuing a masters in public administration. Do I stand a chance in Atlanta? I come from a city that is not doing well in the job market so I don't really want to move to another city where I'll have to struggle for a while (if I can avoid it).
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Of course you stand a chance. You stand a very good chance. You are educated, have experience, etc. The job market here may not be the best in the nation but it's not the worst either. Salaries are not as high as in NYC, but the cost of living isn't either.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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I am going to graduate school and will have to decide between a school in Atlanta and another city. I had a discussion with someone who's daughter is also deciding between the two. She said that she told her daughter not to move to Atlanta because the job market isn't good in Atlanta and the jobs that are there do not pay very much. I am in my early 20's, have a bachelors degree in psychology and about 6 years of work history. I'm pursuing a masters in public administration. Do I stand a chance in Atlanta? I come from a city that is not doing well in the job market so I don't really want to move to another city where I'll have to struggle for a while (if I can avoid it).
If job market is a concern, I'd try Dallas and Houston. Both are leading the nation now and have the same cost of living as Atlanta.

Houston has the second highest average wage too. Look at some Texas schools.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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What is the other city and what are the long-term goals. This to me is the missing information here.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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What is the other city and what are the long-term goals. This to me is the missing information here.
The other city is Houston. I know there have been some Houston vs Atlanta debates so I left that part out Ultimately my long term goals are to finish grad school, have a good paying career, and meet a potential husband. But in my early 20's I'm not too worried about family life right now although dating is kind of important to me. I just want to be somewhere cultured where I can find my niche professionally, have fun, and not have to focus so much on survival.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:40 PM
 
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If job market is a concern, I'd try Dallas and Houston. Both are leading the nation now and have the same cost of living as Atlanta.

Houston has the second highest average wage too. Look at some Texas schools.
Awesome info. I'm actually applying to a school in Houston as well
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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Of course you stand a chance. You stand a very good chance. You are educated, have experience, etc. The job market here may not be the best in the nation but it's not the worst either. Salaries are not as high as in NYC, but the cost of living isn't either.
Very encouraging, thanks!
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:47 PM
 
Location: ATL
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You should be ok but I would not move anywhere without a job first. You will love our growing city and we have a lot of things to do compared to other cities. Houston is too boring for young professionals.

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Old 03-05-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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The other city is Houston. I know there have been some Houston vs Atlanta debates so I left that part out Ultimately my long term goals are to finish grad school, have a good paying career, and meet a potential husband. But in my early 20's I'm not too worried about family life right now although dating is kind of important to me. I just want to be somewhere cultured where I can find my niche professionally, have fun, and not have to focus so much on survival.

Yeah, I'd take this to the Houston forum. Soon you will get plenty of people telling you how hard it is to get a job here, especially one that pays a living wage.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:00 PM
 
Location: ATL
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Also I hate to be Mr. Negative but you at least need a PhD in Psychology to make real money. A Master's in PA doesn't pay that well generally either. If I were you I would move but you should get a degree that pays well. It's a bad feeling paying back students loans on a low paying degree. You should consider going to the AF Reserves and get in a career field that is more stable.


BTW, the economy is GENERALLY bad for people without a degree. People with a degree GENERALLY do not have a hard times finding a job, GENERALLY
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