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Old 04-08-2007, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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of course. In Fl you would see this all the time. yeah its a great place to start a 3rd party call center- when you can go fishing every week; pop in 2 days per week, and pay no employee health insurance. Also alot of NJ transplants in a community near Jonesborough came here to work at the hospital- nurses (RN's) are paid 30.00 an hour- per diem- which means the hospital opts to hire them as "temporary" workers. That way they work 2 days per week. What a windfall- for corporations only.
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:47 PM
 
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I personally know three UT grads. One was a history major. He now installs cable. One was a communications major and she does telemarketing. The last is a communications major and he is a door-to-door salesman.
That's pretty typical of people with those kinds of degrees. And that's not unique to Knoxville. I've lived in 10 different college towns across America, and it's pretty much like that everywhere. Very few college grads get a job in their field of study right out of college; I remember reading once that it's only about 10 percent nationwide. That's one reason why so many end up going to graduate school.

Now, if you're seeing a cable guy who has a degree in engineering or a door-to-door salesman with a degree in accounting, then I'd be worried. But a degree in communications doesn't mean much these days; just look and see how many student-athetes major in communications! (I hope I didn't offend anyone in here who has a degree in communications.)
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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But the point is, and the focus of the article is, that there are a lot of UT grads. Makes it great for businesses but not so much for job prospects.
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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But the point is, and the focus of the article is, that there are a lot of UT grads. Makes it great for businesses but not so much for job prospects.
That's very true. And I think it'll continue to be like that, meaning I think college towns will continue to attract more new businesses because of that ready supply of young people who are all looking for jobs and don't mind starting out at a lower pay as long as they can still party with their old college buds and eventually move up the ladder at their new job.
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Old 04-09-2007, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'd hire the 19 year old guy who is working full time at Wal-Mart before I'd hire the 26 year old college graduate who is still living with mommy and daddy, is unemployed because she majored in women's studies, can't find a job in her field(?) and thinks places like Wal-Mart are beneath her until she finds a job in her field.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:24 AM
 
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I'd have to agree with some of the skeptical post here. You really need to read into what the article is saying. In my opinion, about 50% of the 'new' business in Knoxville is service industry: food joints and retail big boxes. The fact that there is growth- any growth- in a developing area is going to make the majority of the other large metros that are losing business look pretty bad while places like Knoxville are going to be looking rather rosy. Colleges do not equal prosperity, especially since those students have to pay more and more each year and will be broke for years afterwards.

I am not terribly pleased that over the years, publications like Forbes keep rattling off places in the Southeast, especially in major newspapers like the New York Times so that our neck of the woods will someday be overrun and overpriced just like everywhere else. NC was sooooo last year. This year?- Nashville!

That said, I do feel that Nashville has the real potential to be a leader in the world of the ' new micropolitans'. I'd be putting my money on Nashville.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I agree with you about Nashville. When we looked into moving to Tennessee, Nashville was the clear front-runner for jobs. It's just that the cost of living was too high for us. But, I agree. I think Nashville is so "this year."
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:17 AM
 
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I agree with you about Nashville. When we looked into moving to Tennessee, Nashville was the clear front-runner for jobs. It's just that the cost of living was too high for us. But, I agree. I think Nashville is so "this year."
Nashville is indeed a great city, and if it weren't for its higher cost of living, I'd probably rather live there than in Knoxville.

But Nashville has been "in" for a long time. Several years ago some magazine listed it one of the five hippest cities in America along with Austin, Boston, San Fran, and I think Chicago.

Also several years ago, in the Nashville Scene's contest to complete the phrase "You're sooo Nashville if..." the winner was "...you're from California." This was the last time the real estate market in California went belly up (mid 90s?).
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Nashville is indeed a great city, and if it weren't for its higher cost of living, I'd probably rather live there than in Knoxville.

But Nashville has been "in" for a long time. Several years ago some magazine listed it one of the five hippest cities in America along with Austin, Boston, San Fran, and I think Chicago.

Also several years ago, in the Nashville Scene's contest to complete the phrase "You're sooo Nashville if..." the winner was "...you're from California." This was the last time the real estate market in California went belly up (mid 90s?).
That's so funny!

We even eyed Memphis because it had jobs (LOTS of auto mechanic jobs) and a low cost of living, but the high crime was the deal breaker.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:38 AM
 
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Here's the official link:

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/1/0...eers_land.html
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