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Old 10-28-2008, 11:37 AM
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I will be relocating from California to Iowa in February or March and I'm wondering what kinds of jobs will be available to me! I have an undergraduate degree from UCLA and an MA from a small private school no one has ever heard of. My work here has primarily been in clinical research though I only have a few years' experience.

What kind of jobs are available in Des Moines? Do I HAVE to work in insurance? Will my degrees from CA universities help me at all, or does nobody really care that I studied there? I was also thinking of trying to get a job at one of the colleges or something. So unsure, help!
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:00 AM
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You definately don't have to work in insurance. There are all kinds of industries here that will employ you. What field are you looking for (within clinical research)? About CA universities, I don't think most will care where it is from. They will recognize UCLA though.

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Old 10-30-2008, 12:32 AM
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Having a college degree will help. I don't think you'll have a problem finding a job if you have a great work history and references. Look at www.careerbuilder.com and see what comes up. Also, look at www.desmoinesmetro.com for all kinds of information. Our metro's unemployment rate was 3.7% in September (it actually dropped from August).

If you have experience in public health, look at Polk County (www.co.polk.ia.us) or the State of Iowa (www.iowa.gov) for jobs. In addition, Mercy and Methodist (Iowa Health Systems) are the largest hospitals in the metro (and are both building new hospitals in the suburbs right now, which will bring more jobs).
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:25 AM
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Originally Posted by ursulaudders View Post
What kind of jobs are available in Des Moines? Do I HAVE to work in insurance? !

It's either that or we ship you off to the country to detassle corn.

But yeah, like DMGuy said there's some good possibilities with Iowa Health System and maybe Des Moines University (some sort of medical related school, I don't know the details on that one). If not, you can always become a Midwestern insurance peddler.
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