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Old 07-18-2008, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, AL
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Hi everyone, I'm 20 years old and I'm going to be finishing a career training program (as a chef ) in a few months and at the end of it I will assisted in finding a job anywhere in the country.

I am currently in Birmingham, AL but I am wanting to move northward and eventually I hope to find a job in NYC or the surrounding area. That is still a long ways off though and until then I was wanting to move to an "intermediate" area and Charlotte was one place that I was suggested.

I'm not necessarily looking for a thriving nightlife or activities for someone my age, what I'm looking for is a job and residence in a more urban area that isn't so expensive as some place like NYC. I'm really a city kind of guy and even though Birmingham is decently sized, I'm jsut wanting more.

Would any of you recommend Charlotte as some place to live and work for a few years before traveling elsewhere (hopefully northward)? What about restaurants and hotels in the area, as that is where I will mostly where I will be looking for work? What kind of prices can I expect for a 1BR apartment in the city? Are there any areas outside the city you would recommend that might be cheaper, without a long commute?

Thanks for any advice. =D
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Old 07-19-2008, 04:37 AM
 
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I would recommend Charlotte to anyone. Most of us absolutely love it here. As far as the job market for new chefs, I would think that you have to be aware of Johnson & Wales being here in our great city. They have just recently started graduating chefs and they are surely out there looking for jobs. There are an increasing number of "fine dining" restaurants as well as some others so there should be plenty of opportunities.

I wish you the best of luck.
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Although you will likely find the job market very competitive in Charlotte, if you do get a job with a fine restaurant, it will be a great resume builder on your way to NY.
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, AL
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Although you will likely find the job market very competitive in Charlotte, if you do get a job with a fine restaurant, it will be a great resume builder on your way to NY.
Exactly what I was hoping for.

Thanks for the recommendations.. I don't know too much about Charlotte though. Are there any specific neighborhoods you would recommend or recommend that I avoid for whatever reason? I'm not looking for anything too terribly nice, just a little apartment in a decent (and cheap preferably) area.
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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Exactly what I was hoping for.

Thanks for the recommendations.. I don't know too much about Charlotte though. Are there any specific neighborhoods you would recommend or recommend that I avoid for whatever reason? I'm not looking for anything too terribly nice, just a little apartment in a decent (and cheap preferably) area.
It depends on what your price point is. If you like living in a more urban setting check around uptown for a condo to rent. This will likely be more expensive than anywhere else in the are (on average) but it will definitely cater to your needs of an urban 20 something lifestyle.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, AL
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Well I was hoping for something under $1000/month. I don't know how reasonable that is in Charlotte, but all I need is a 1BR apartment. I've got no attachments back here any Birmingham (anymore..), so I don't need anything big or fancy.

The more I think about it and talk to people from the area, the more I feel like Charlotte is going to be the place for me. I've been looking at other areas, but none of them keep drawing my attention like Charlotte.
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