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Old 05-16-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I am from Cape Cod MA and just graduated from college with a degree in accounting from a school in PA. My friend is moving to the LA area within the next couple weeks and I plan on moving there around August to live with her. I'm a real laid back girl, I love the beach, I surf, longboard, play collegiate volleyball. So one of the questions would be is it easy enough to find a volleyball club/league. Is the accounting job market ok out there? I may also just plan on being a waitress or something for a while till I get my footing.

Another thing I am worried about is the cost of living. Like I mentioned I am from Cape Cod, so the cost of living is pretty high there, but being a recent college grad I'm not trying to blow all my money in a year. The apartments I've been looking at actually aren't too outrageous. I'm mostly worried about everyday expenses such as gas, shampoo, food. Are there cheap places to shop for groceries and other essentials?

Also any tips or advice you have for someone my age moving to the LA area? Like I mentioned I am moving out with a friend but we aren't that close, shes not my best friend or anything. Also how easy is it to make friends? I'm pretty shy so that is also another concern of mine.


I am moving to California because its something ive always wanted to do and I have the opportunity to. I don't want to move home and never explore what else is out there. I'm all for adventure and experiencing new things even though it may be hard at first.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: California
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You have a degree in accounting so the first thing is to look for a job in your field and not waste time looking for a waitress gig...which isn't always easy to get. Daily stuff like shampoo is not going to be your problem. Come with a couple months of rent/living expenses and go from there. You will meet people the way everyone does, through work, friends of friends, maybe in your neighborhood. After you get that settled you can find time/money for your hobbies.

If you just come here for low level part time jobs and beach vollyball in mind you are probably looking at more of a temp vaca and not actually a move to LA. That's fine too, just have a bankroll and don't bail on your lease.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:08 PM
 
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or you could hang out at the beach playing beach volleyball all day long and hope one day a scout for the US olympic team drops by, sees you and recruits you. Hey, that's how it happened for Misty May...no, not really
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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If I were you, I'd try to find a job in your field so you can get good experience - whether that means living in LA or not, it just depends where you find a job. If you waitress, you'd be delaying the start of getting good experience. It's a lot easier to have fun in a place with a good job than it is to find a job in a place that is fun.

Please don't wear any boston sports garb either, red sox hats, celtics jerseys etc.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:35 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Also how easy is it to make friends?
I'm pretty shy so that is also another concern of mine.
That's easy: Overcome the part in bold.





P.S. it's perfectly acceptable to wear Red Sox gear when they're playing the hated Jankees.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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P.S. it's perfectly acceptable to wear Red Sox gear when they're playing the hated Jankees.
Except they never play each other in California.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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On TV, dufus. At bars.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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On TV, dufus. At bars.

It's still not acceptable.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Competition for server jobs is really high in Los Angeles. Lots of actors, models, musicians, and artists who need a day job. So yeah, you'd probably be better off spending your time looking for jobs in the field you really want to be in.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:21 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Should be able to at least get an entry-level job in accounting, the good thing about it seems to be that pretty much every business on the planet needs an accountant. At least call up Accountemps and see if they can help you find some temp or direct-hire work to get you started. You say you're interested in Long Beach, it's a decent place to live and pretty affordable, but it doesn't seem to have a lot of good-paying jobs, has a lot of pockets of poverty, and it's kind of far from more prosperous areas. One good thing is that it's only about a 30 to 45 minute rush hour drive from most of Orange County, where there's a lot of decent jobs. In general though it's really best to find a job first then figure out where you want to live...living close to work is really the best thing to do so you don't have to fight through rush hour gridlock every day.
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