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Old 02-26-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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Default Moving to phoenix from europe

Hello,

We will be moving to Phoenix with E2 visas

I'd like to work as a self employed plumber / chimney cleaner in Phoenix area

My wife has an online paralegal certificate.

We'd like to know how is the paralegal field right now in the Phoenix area. Are there alot of job oppotunities in this field, even with an online certificate? My wife does have a working experience but in Europe, can that help her? & do you think it'll be easier to find a job with an associate's degree because she's thinking of studying further on.

Secondly, I'd like to know if houses in Phoenix have chimneys. Weather being really hot overthere, I don't know if there's alot of work for chimney sweepers.

Thanks alot.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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Moving to Phx. from Europe????? You're in for a culture-shock!!!!!

Seriously, it's not that much of a shock other than getting used to the American Way.

Chimneys aren't common here but there are a fair share depending on the area. Some of the older Neighborhoods and inner-city districts are more likely to have them. Even some of the 90's-era Sub-divisions in Suburbia have them.

Trouble is Phx. has a bit of a Pollution problem in the winter and there are lots of No-burn days, so there aren't many people that can actually use their Chimneys.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:13 AM
 
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Chimney sweep in phoenix?? Business might be a little light. You could always sell mittens on the side, though, to supplement the paycheck.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Upstate Ny
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I really don't think the desert is the place to be for chimney sweepers. I think you will have a very hard time making a living. Try a place that has cold weather so you will be able to support yourself, switch professions, or find another job on top of the sweeping.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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I am not buying into the reality of this thread. Pardon me if I am wrong but here is my reasoning:

1. I don't believe someone would say from "Europe", they would say what country they are from.
2. Who would have already made up their mind to move somewhere so foreign without already researching their professional needs and potential.
3. Who would choose Phoenix and 110 degree weather? I have had visitors from Europe come in the summer and they were so miserable they would not go outside to get into the car during the day.
4. This would be like a Phoenician saying I am moving to Antarctica to start a pool cleaning business.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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I am not buying into the reality of this thread. Pardon me if I am wrong but here is my reasoning:

1. I don't believe someone would say from "Europe", they would say what country they are from.
2. Who would have already made up their mind to move somewhere so foreign without already researching their professional needs and potential.
3. Who would choose Phoenix and 110 degree weather? I have had visitors from Europe come in the summer and they were so miserable they would not go outside to get into the car during the day.
4. This would be like a Phoenician saying I am moving to Antarctica to start a pool cleaning business.

Okay...now I understand your name..you do have a bit of a bite there pal...
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Croatia, Europe
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I am not buying into the reality of this thread. Pardon me if I am wrong but here is my reasoning:

1. I don't believe someone would say from "Europe", they would say what country they are from.
2. Who would have already made up their mind to move somewhere so foreign without already researching their professional needs and potential.
3. Who would choose Phoenix and 110 degree weather? I have had visitors from Europe come in the summer and they were so miserable they would not go outside to get into the car during the day.
4. This would be like a Phoenician saying I am moving to Antarctica to start a pool cleaning business.
Maybe someone who visited before and liked it so much? But probably not someone from the northern Europe, to them Adriatic in summer is too hot.
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Beware_of_Dog View Post
I am not buying into the reality of this thread. Pardon me if I am wrong but here is my reasoning:

1. I don't believe someone would say from "Europe", they would say what country they are from.
2. Who would have already made up their mind to move somewhere so foreign without already researching their professional needs and potential.
3. Who would choose Phoenix and 110 degree weather? I have had visitors from Europe come in the summer and they were so miserable they would not go outside to get into the car during the day.
4. This would be like a Phoenician saying I am moving to Antarctica to start a pool cleaning business.
You're wrong

1. We are from France
2. Why do you think I created this thread ?
3. We prefer hot and sunny weather than cold weather
4. I'm Hvac / plumber
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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You're wrong

1. We are from France
2. Why do you think I created this thread ?
3. We prefer hot and sunny weather than cold weather
4. I'm Hvac / plumber

I've been thinking about getting into the HVAC field here. I might even enroll at HVAC school later in the year. But I want to do more research before I take the plunge. It sounds like a mixed bag out here. It sounds like you can make a good living if you own your own business but it might be shaky if working for a company.

I've encountered a few Frenchmen since I've been here. Not sure if the were on vacation or had moved here. Maybe there's a booming French community in the future!
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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There are some chimneys here but not many.

OTOH it looks to me like there is plenty of opportunities for plumbers. There are also a lot of plumbers here. You will want to get a contractors license or certificate I'm not sure which. Without it many homeowners won't hire you. You might look into working for a plumbing firm first just to get a feel of the business in the valley.

I don't know anything about the paralegal field.

Good luck.
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