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Old 01-03-2010, 02:11 PM
 
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I am a soon to graduate B.S Mechanical Engineering student from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Looking for a change of scenery, don't really like the suburbs in the PA/NJ area. I don't know if grad school is an option, so I'm looking for someplace that has more of my interests where I could find an entry level job. I have some experience from internships. I really enjoy either being near a city with some decent nightlife or with outdoor activities (hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc).

Does anyone have any suggestions about where to live or companies to check out in this poor job market?

I've done some quick research (and I'm not too picky) but here are some of the initial places I had thought of:
-Austin
-San Antonio
-Houston
-Portland
-Seattle
-Denver
-Boulder
-Boston

Any opinions?
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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You will probably have to take a job where you can get one. I have two Colorado friends whose kids graduated in the last few years with engineering degrees, both at the top of their class. They both wound up taking jobs out-of-state because there was little available in Colorado. One managed to get a transfer back to Colorado about a year ago, but it sounds like he is going to be transferred out-of-state again within the next year or so. That said, my Dad was an M.E. and worked in Colorado for nearly 50 years, but all but four of that in his own business--much of which was not engineering-related.
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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I am a soon to graduate B.S Mechanical Engineering student from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Looking for a change of scenery, don't really like the suburbs in the PA/NJ area. I don't know if grad school is an option, so I'm looking for someplace that has more of my interests where I could find an entry level job. I have some experience from internships. I really enjoy either being near a city with some decent nightlife or with outdoor activities (hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc).

Does anyone have any suggestions about where to live or companies to check out in this poor job market?

I've done some quick research (and I'm not too picky) but here are some of the initial places I had thought of:
-Austin
-San Antonio
-Houston
-Portland
-Seattle
-Denver
-Boulder
-Boston

Any opinions?
When I see your list of outdoor activities, the choices shake out to Portland, Seattle, Denver and Boulder.

Don't rule out COLO SPGS, right at the foot of Pikes Peak, lots of mountain sports practically at your door. Job market here is mostly Defense related, and they do use a fair number of engineering types.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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My advice is a hybrid of Jazz' and Mike's. You will have to go where you can find a job. However, you can concentrate your job search in the areas you are interested in. That doesn't mean to ignore other possibilities. Go to every job fair, career day, etc, that your school has. Job hunting will never be as easy again.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Looks like you've hit the mark with that list of cities.

As for Denver and Boulder, they have decent nightlife situations. Not the greatest, but good enough. Boulder is alternative/hippy type of town with a big university. Denver is sort of a normal, mid-size city which also has some universities. You should be able to find the lifestyle that suits you.


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I am a soon to graduate B.S Mechanical Engineering student from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Looking for a change of scenery, don't really like the suburbs in the PA/NJ area. I don't know if grad school is an option, so I'm looking for someplace that has more of my interests where I could find an entry level job. I have some experience from internships. I really enjoy either being near a city with some decent nightlife or with outdoor activities (hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc).

Does anyone have any suggestions about where to live or companies to check out in this poor job market?

I've done some quick research (and I'm not too picky) but here are some of the initial places I had thought of:
-Austin
-San Antonio
-Houston
-Portland
-Seattle
-Denver
-Boulder
-Boston

Any opinions?
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