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Old 06-24-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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Default What I really need to know about Grand Rapids

I am looking at returning to school in order to become an Occupational Therapist. I've looked for schools that are accredited and am narrowing my list down from there.

For several factors that I don't need to get into here Grand Valley State has worked it's way towards the top of my list However, being a state university I would like to live in Michigan for at least a year so that I can obtain state residency. (If I look at out-of-state tuition I may as well look at a private school as well)

I know that Michigan is going through terrible economic times so, is it even possible to get a job there?

I'm in the low pay, high turnover social service field and have about 17 years experience working with the developmentally delayed population (both adolescents and adults) I am single with no family except my dog and don't mind living in sparse accomodations. I just need to know if it would be possible to find something that pays enough to keep me in Michigan for a year, preferrable the Grand Rapids area.
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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The job market is bad, especially in certain sectors but Over the past 2 years I've managed to get 3 jobs. I kept switching jobs because I wasn't happy with the current ones. I've been fortunate enough to have never been unemployed.

If you have money saved up and you can support yourself for a month or two while you look for a job you will be fine. You can get by in Grand Rapids on $600-$700/month if you really need to.

Getting a job depends on 1) what you would be looking for 2) how much money you want and 3) if you are fairly sharp and not a total nutjob (not saying you are).

Also, I think Grand Valley only requires 6 months for in-state tuition? I might be wrong on this, but I went to GVSU for my MBA and I thought 6 months was the case.
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