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Old 10-12-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Cloud 9
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[SIZE=4]Hi, I'm a 22 year old graduate from St Andrews University in Scotland and I'm moving to southern California with my fiance (she's from Redding) but for work reasons I would need to live near the coast, and I would like to live near the coast and she would like to be near Los Angeles.
I was wondering if you could help me on certain things as I know nothing about California(she's not really planned anything she just wants to go home) and I'm a bit nervous about leaving my home and my mum and dad and friends. I have all my migrant details and my visa sorted so that's no problem, but yeah Im nervous lol. My questions are.
Where could I find work in southern California, my fiance really wants to live in Los Angeles but says San Diego would be fine also, she is in market research and I'm an Environmental biologist(I would probably be away from home a lot) to be honest I really don't know what Im doing it was one of things she was like "I want to move back home" and I was like "ok", lol cant go back on it now.
Whats some nice safe coastal areas in southern California?
What are my chances of getting a job in California with my degree?
Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Whats some nice safe coastal areas in southern California?
What are my chances of getting a job in California with my degree?
Thanks.
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Have you applied anywhere? How many places?
Have any colleagues of yours applied anywhere in the US?
What is the demand for you services? What is the employment rate for people with your skills?

The question isn't where safe coastal areas are, the question is where jobs are. It's 69 times easier to find a safe place to live after you've found a job than it is to find a job after you've found a safe place to live.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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Chances of a job: probably slim. California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the US right now. I agree with Charles; find a job first, then find the place to live. Your field sounds fairly specialized, so try checking out wherever it is that the bulk of environmental biology jobs are listed. I'd apply for things in both San Diego and Los Angeles (and up towards Santa Barbara, too) and in between, then work from there. Unfortunately it's a tough time to be looking for work, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Cloud 9
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I have only seen job vacancies in Santa Clara and Sacramento which are both out of our target zone, I will try looking more in San Diego I think that has more jobs in my career zone, my fiance has applied for jobs in Burbank with Disney and Viacom, it just seems to be impossible to get both us careers in the same location, expecially when we both want to live on the coast.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:27 AM
 
Location: In a room above Mr. Charrington's shop
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I have only seen job vacancies in Santa Clara and Sacramento which are both out of our target zone, I will try looking more in San Diego I think that has more jobs in my career zone, my fiance has applied for jobs in Burbank with Disney and Viacom, it just seems to be impossible to get both us careers in the same location, expecially when we both want to live on the coast.
One thing you must get used to in southern CA is vast distances. It's a problem to be solved for many people, who commute 100 miles or more one way every day, by car, by train, by bus.

What are the target industries for your job skills? There are marine-focused industries all along the coast, from San Diego to Santa Barbara -- harbors, oil industry, fishing, research, national parks, habitat protection. It seems your skills are suited for the area.

If your fiance lands a job at one of the studios in the L.A. area and you a coastal job somewhere in L.A., Ventura or Santa Barbara counties, it should be feasible for you to live midway. The downside is that you must be prepared for longish commutes.

On a general note, it's scary leaving one's home country, family, etc. This is a perfectly valid concern. On the other hand, in southern CA 1 in 2 persons are foreign born, so you might find some common ground on that basis alone. It does for me. The fact that on average every-other person I meet is an immigrant makes me in some strange way feel at home.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Cloud 9
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I Would like to specialise in habitat protection, I did part of my honors on the effects of marine polution on the coastal kelp forests in California, but right now anything would do, as I just want to get set up.

Ventura County was what we orginially had our eyes on, I really dont want to live in a vast sprawl(which I hear Orange County is like) and Ive heard that Ventura County still has a rural feel?
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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Default All of Los Angeles and San Diego

Is vast sprawl. Be prepared to be in bumper to bumper traffic on freeways during rush hour traffic and streets. It is a concrete jungle in both areas.

If you live near the coast, be prepared to pay the Piper. To rent a house within 10 miles of the coast is $3K a month.

At least when you live along the beach areas you can see the ocean.

Good luck to you both.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have only seen job vacancies in Santa Clara and Sacramento which are both out of our target zone, I will try looking more in San Diego I think that has more jobs in my career zone, my fiance has applied for jobs in Burbank with Disney and Viacom, it just seems to be impossible to get both us careers in the same location, expecially when we both want to live on the coast.
i think you need to get something straight: if the jobs you see are out of your target zone, maybe you need to stay where you are. As has been pointed out to you, jubs are almost impossible to find right now, especially in Calif. If you are going to set a parimitar (spelling) you will need to forget about moving until things improve. Maybe that will be a year or so, maybe 5 or more. Which is more important, your finding a job or her finding one. I think you need to get realistic here.

Nita
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: In a room above Mr. Charrington's shop
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I Would like to specialise in habitat protection, I did part of my honors on the effects of marine polution on the coastal kelp forests in California, but right now anything would do, as I just want to get set up.

Ventura County was what we orginially had our eyes on, I really dont want to live in a vast sprawl(which I hear Orange County is like) and Ive heard that Ventura County still has a rural feel?
Ventura County has a sprawl-busting effort called SOAR, soarusa.org, which preserves ag land and open space. The effort (which is both public policy and an advisory board) will hopefully assure that VC does not become another Orange County or San Fernando Valley. It gives the area an opportunity to secure somewhat rural areas, but in the long run I think it will give the area more of a "new urbanist" feel. In-fill, smart-growth, new urbanism, transit-orientation, pedestrian-based are common planning-department terms now used with respect to all new projects, at least in coastal VC.

If habitat protection is what you want to get into, I'd suggest contacting the following organizations for starters, who all have a focus on the Santa Barbara-Ventura coast and offshore islands:

The Environmental Defense Center non-profit law firm for environmental issues

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper - Home

Channel Islands National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Hope this helps kick-start things for you. And, by the way, thanks for using your knowledge and skills for habitat protection!

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Old 10-13-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Cloud 9
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thanks very helpful.
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