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Old 04-15-2017, 10:30 AM
 
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Your opinions are opinions.. not "facts".


There are people living in Austin making less than 80K and still enjoying life.
It's all relative.
Agreed.
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Old 04-16-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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Madison, WI is the best place in Wisconsin for finding a job and for a more liberal and accepting culture imho. There is a fair sized Asian community here in Madison with different businesses and organizations in certain pockets. I can understand not finding a 9 to 5 job can definitely be a problem. Your wife could try John Deere Financial (thats my number one suggestion really, most of their jobs are day shift in application processing, the clerk team, and customer service), American Family Insurance, UW Health, Dean Health, and the University for job opportunities that are day hours and mostly Monday through Friday if she hasn't already. DMW and Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance also have lots of opportunities with day shift hours and most weekends off. Examples being in : customer services, clerical, application or claims processing. Also a lot of the temp agencies around here could help place your wife in a job that has more favorable hours. There are also businesses that a lot of people don't think of applying to that may not be in their career field for example like an IT company. Many of those have administrative, financial analyst and customer service roles. For someone who wants to do financial reporting WPS, American Family, CUNA, UW Credit Union, the hospitals, the University, Department of Employee Trust Funds etc all offer lots of job opportunities for things like that or if you have skills like SQL, Business Objects, or anything database could try some of the technology temp firms like Codeworks, TekSystems, Robert Half, or Drake and Co (not tech but place people in better jobs).
I think a lot of not being able to find a job that meets your requirements is networking. When you don't know a lot of people in an area that can make life difficult. I would say though compared to lots of places in Madison is a better market for employment for people with an admin or business background due to the government, university and the insurance mecca that we are.
If you are still looking to move though: Dallas, Phoenix (not a large Asian community though), NYC, San Fran, Toronto or Chicago metro may have more what you are looking for. Toronto's Asian community is huge with people from all over. If that this what you mainly looking for (along with job opportunities for yourself and your wife) and you have a network in Canada, then that might be your place.
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Old 04-18-2017, 05:12 AM
 
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Madison, WI is the best place in Wisconsin for finding a job and for a more liberal and accepting culture imho. There is a fair sized Asian community here in Madison with different businesses and organizations in certain pockets. I can understand not finding a 9 to 5 job can definitely be a problem. Your wife could try John Deere Financial (thats my number one suggestion really, most of their jobs are day shift in application processing, the clerk team, and customer service), American Family Insurance, UW Health, Dean Health, and the University for job opportunities that are day hours and mostly Monday through Friday if she hasn't already. DMW and Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance also have lots of opportunities with day shift hours and most weekends off. Examples being in : customer services, clerical, application or claims processing. Also a lot of the temp agencies around here could help place your wife in a job that has more favorable hours. There are also businesses that a lot of people don't think of applying to that may not be in their career field for example like an IT company. Many of those have administrative, financial analyst and customer service roles. For someone who wants to do financial reporting WPS, American Family, CUNA, UW Credit Union, the hospitals, the University, Department of Employee Trust Funds etc all offer lots of job opportunities for things like that or if you have skills like SQL, Business Objects, or anything database could try some of the technology temp firms like Codeworks, TekSystems, Robert Half, or Drake and Co (not tech but place people in better jobs).
I think a lot of not being able to find a job that meets your requirements is networking. When you don't know a lot of people in an area that can make life difficult. I would say though compared to lots of places in Madison is a better market for employment for people with an admin or business background due to the government, university and the insurance mecca that we are.
If you are still looking to move though: Dallas, Phoenix (not a large Asian community though), NYC, San Fran, Toronto or Chicago metro may have more what you are looking for. Toronto's Asian community is huge with people from all over. If that this what you mainly looking for (along with job opportunities for yourself and your wife) and you have a network in Canada, then that might be your place.
My wife did apply to most if not all of the companies you had mentioned. I had also applied to many, many employers. I had about 11 interviews in 2 months when I got here. She had about 6 after she left an employer. We're not really breaking into the market. We both have jobs but hers is shift work.

The bus takes really long to get anywhere. By car it takes about 15 minutes. By bus, it takes about 1.5 hours for many places using the same start to and end.

The winter here is horrible. How can anyone walk on freezing rain?

My job is relatively stable but I don't feel it would be good in the long run as it only pertains to a certain environment.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:27 PM
 
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Your opinions are opinions.. not "facts".


There are people living in Austin making less than 80K and still enjoying life.
It's all relative.
Of course my opinions are just that, I never suggested otherwise. The only "fact" I suggested the OP should accept is that the career earnings from an Associates degree will likely always be substantially lower than that of an MBA in a fairly employable market segment. Decisions on where to live need to consider the realities of situations such as that.


You also took some liberties inferring that my statement precluded anyone making less than $80k from enjoying life. I simply said it isn't affordable to live in Austin for much less than that. Income information for the area can be reviewed here.
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:52 PM
 
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I would love to live in Seattle. I lived there many years ago and liked it much more than Madison where I live now. But Seattle has got too expensive. Rents are way too high in Seattle.
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Old 05-13-2017, 06:30 PM
 
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I would love to live in Seattle. I lived there many years ago and liked it much more than Madison where I live now. But Seattle has got too expensive. Rents are way too high in Seattle.
Minnesota - I'm thinking about moving there too. I find that Madison does not have the job opportunities I am looking for and yet the limitations are there. Job opportunities, good transport system = high rent because everyone wants that!

Less job opportunities, inefficient or bad transport system = lower cost of living since no one is too hard up on that.

Feels like a scene in International House Hunters! Where a decision still needs to be made and yes, there is no perfect place. Which house to cut?

Which State to cut? And on and on.
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