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Old 12-30-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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Originally Posted by kyle19125 View Post
Unemployment Rates October 2009:

Boulder- 5.3%
Denver - 6.9%
Seattle - 9.0%
San Diego - 10.5%
San Francisco - 10.6%
Los Angeles - 11.9%

Wrong across the board with those suggestions. It's highly unlikely CA markets are viable for MBA jobs with those numbers. Denver on the other hand had the second lowest unemployment rate of big cities, Washington DC was first with 6.2%.

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Unemployment doesn't tell you what TYPES of jobs exist in the market. The kinds of jobs most people with MBAs are interested in are available in SF, LA, Chicago, and NY. Denver doesn't have a huge financial center and its wages are low. Denver is a great city, it just isn't a major market.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:39 PM
 
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Unemployment doesn't tell you what TYPES of jobs exist in the market. The kinds of jobs most people with MBAs are interested in are available in SF, LA, Chicago, and NY. Denver doesn't have a huge financial center and its wages are low. Denver is a great city, it just isn't a major market.
"MBA jobs" is quite vague. You need to be much more specific on what exactly you are looking for.

For newly minted MBAs you usually need to think about:
1) location (geography)
2) function (finance, marketing, operations, IS, consulting, etc)
3) industry (consumer products, media, financial services, internet, etc)

Given the current economy and placement rates of even the top schools being at their lowest levels for recent grads, you'll be lucky if you can land two of the three. For instance if you want to get into sales/trading or equity research, the really only major hubs to be in are NYC and maybe SF (although you will work according to the east coast market hours).

If, however, you are set a relocating to the West Coast, it's much easier to find a job once you are physically located here than being 3K miles away.

The fact of the matter in CA companies here have no need to go out of state to find good MBA grads they just have to look locally (NorCal: Stanford, Berkeley; SoCal: USC, UCLA) who are all trying to land jobs too!

Best of luck!
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:10 AM
 
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I am interested in relocating to a place that has:
- job opportunities for MBA grads
- young professionals (that are down to earth)
- mild sunny weather
- mountains or closeby (this is a must as I am a car enthusiast and enjoy mountain drives)
- nature (beach/water would be nice)
- restaurants
- shopping
- not over-developed

I currently live in Charlotte, NC and am looking to be closer to the mountains/nature but do not want to sacrifice restaurants, shopping (can be within an hour's drive), etc. Cost is less of a concern if all of the other criteria is met.

I am considering:
- Orange County, CA
- Manhattan Beach/South Bay, CA
- San Francisco/East Bay, CA
- Asheville, NC

Maybe Calabassas/Malibu, CA or La Jolla, CA but Los Angeles and San Diego feel too over-developed... Asheville may be too "small" and "liberal" of a town. I have thought about Portland, OR and Denver, CO but I think the cold weather might be a deal breaker. Maybe some places in New England or on the East Coast? Any and all suggestions/feedback is welcome. Thanks!
Your considering the bay area and you think Asheville may be too "liberal"!? I think the bay area is the epicenter of liberalism...Asheville isn't that far left...yet.

However, in my opinion, I think you'll have more job success in SF area.
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