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Old 07-02-2008, 07:37 AM
 
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Hi,
I graduated college this past February with a degree in economics. I live and have lived in NYC all of my life. Since May I've keeping myself busy by interning at a small brokerage firm. I decided that I really don't like the city. It's just too crowded, the commutes are too long, it's expensive, I haven't fallen in love with the general attitude of people and there's no outdoor sports to speak of.

I'd like to move somewhere that first and foremost has jobs available. The subprime meltdown and the trouble the banks have gotten into mean that thousands of workers are getting laid off and as a result the job market is saturated. I wouldn't mind changing from finance to any other analytical job. Be it an actuary, cost analyst, statistician, etc. I'd also like to move to a less crowded city with a large population of people in their 20's. Somewhere with easy access to the outdoors would be a plus. So would a nice public transportation system (I'm car less).

I'm liking Denver, CO and Portland, OR.
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:51 AM
 
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Hi,
I graduated college this past February with a degree in economics. I live and have lived in NYC all of my life. Since May I've keeping myself busy by interning at a small brokerage firm. I decided that I really don't like the city. It's just too crowded, the commutes are too long, it's expensive, I haven't fallen in love with the general attitude of people and there's no outdoor sports to speak of.

I'd like to move somewhere that first and foremost has jobs available. The subprime meltdown and the trouble the banks have gotten into mean that thousands of workers are getting laid off and as a result the job market is saturated. I wouldn't mind changing from finance to any other analytical job. Be it an actuary, cost analyst, statistician, etc. I'd also like to move to a less crowded city with a large population of people in their 20's. Somewhere with easy access to the outdoors would be a plus. So would a nice public transportation system (I'm car less).

I'm liking Denver, CO and Portland, OR.
Also check out Salt Lake City.
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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You may want to consider Washington, DC. There are TONS of 20-somethings and thousands of cool jobs. If Boston is the ultimate college town, I think DC is the ultimate "young professional just out of college town." It is smaller than NY (but by no means a small city) and the city itself is extremely walkable.

Denver and Portland are great cities too, but you may find a better job market and a more vibrant professional climate in DC. Just stay away from the suburbs. At your stage in life, living in the District is the way to go.
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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Can someone tell me how relocation works? This whole thing is new to me. I need to secure a job I suppose before I move out there. What do I do once I get there? Where do I stay? How long would it take for me to find an apartment or a room for rent? How do people get interviewed for jobs when they live far away?
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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Apartments for Rent and Resources for Finding Apartment Rentals Nationwide - ForRent.com and Apartments for Rent and Homes for Rent can get you started. You will probably need first and last months rent. I am going to try to dig up a Direct Message that I sent to a guy in Buffalo that was in a similar situation. My response to him should offer some additional details into what you need to do as far as finding a place is concerned.

Your college should have a Job Placement Dept. Talk to them to find out what they can do for you and where they can do it. You'll also have to find a list of companies that are in your target industries and then look for posted job openings. Most companies have an internet presence and that is a good place to start.

The best way to find a job is through a friend or acquaintance via some kind of social or business network.
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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Also check out Austin, TX. Cost of living is cheaper than Portland and Denver, and job growth is much better. It's got the access to the hills, lakes, and great recreational options that Austin is known for.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:26 PM
 
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Albuquerque is similar to Denver, but cheaper and it doesn't get quite as cold.

There's a major university in town too, so plenty of young people.
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