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Old 07-18-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: the ass of nowhere (the midwest)
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Hey all,

So, I am a single, male, 29-year-old mechanical engineer and soon-to-be part-time MBA student living in Los Angeles for the past 5 years. I grew up in the Chicago/Milwaukee area and I'm beginning to miss it! Los Angeles is expesive, spread-out (commutes to school/work are awful) and the dating scene is tough--maybe I just haven't found the right part of L.A. but I only seem to meet these weird, failed-actress women in the city or else just bland, native girls from the suburbs. Chicago seems to have a lot more attractive/normal women who actually have jobs and values. Am I making sense here? Seems like Chicago would definitely give me better economics and maybe even a healthier social life. Plus, I like the true downtown/city atmosphere of Chicago.

Problem is, I've currently been admitted to go to USC's prestigious business school starting this fall, which is quite a big deal. I am looking to move out of my current engineering gig in the medical field and into a better one and L.A. does have a lot of great medical, aerospace and high-tech engineering jobs. So, while my heart seems to be on Chicago, L.A. has my career/academics. What does Chicago have for engineering/business? If I gave up an MBA opportunity at USC, I may not have the good fortune to also get into one of the top programs in Chicago and have to settle for a mid-tier school. What do you Chicagoans think? Is it time for me to come home? Are there opportunities for an engineering/businessman in Chicago that can match what I've got going in L.A.?
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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I don't know.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:42 PM
 
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Engineering isn't too hot here from what I've seen. Engineering often ties into manufacturing to some degree or another. Wisconsin still has a decent amount of engineering though. At least comparatively.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:50 PM
 
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We are home to a company called Boeing.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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We are home to a company called Boeing.
Only the top execs, they kept the engineers and airplane manufacturing where it was.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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Ah...I knew they manufactured elsewhere, wasn't sure about the engineering.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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I think there are a lot of engineering jobs around here. My wife is a chemical engineer.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have a friend who is a Chem E, as is her husband, but they went to school here. It seems to me like you should think about sucking it up for 2 more years and get the degree 1st.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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Hey all,

So, I am a single, male, 29-year-old mechanical engineer and soon-to-be part-time MBA student living in Los Angeles for the past 5 years. I grew up in the Chicago/Milwaukee area and I'm beginning to miss it! Los Angeles is expesive, spread-out (commutes to school/work are awful) and the dating scene is tough--maybe I just haven't found the right part of L.A. but I only seem to meet these weird, failed-actress women in the city or else just bland, native girls from the suburbs. Chicago seems to have a lot more attractive/normal women who actually have jobs and values. Am I making sense here? Seems like Chicago would definitely give me better economics and maybe even a healthier social life. Plus, I like the true downtown/city atmosphere of Chicago.

Problem is, I've currently been admitted to go to USC's prestigious business school starting this fall, which is quite a big deal. I am looking to move out of my current engineering gig in the medical field and into a better one and L.A. does have a lot of great medical, aerospace and high-tech engineering jobs. So, while my heart seems to be on Chicago, L.A. has my career/academics. What does Chicago have for engineering/business? If I gave up an MBA opportunity at USC, I may not have the good fortune to also get into one of the top programs in Chicago and have to settle for a mid-tier school. What do you Chicagoans think? Is it time for me to come home? Are there opportunities for an engineering/businessman in Chicago that can match what I've got going in L.A.?
I personally love Chicago compared to LA (except for the weather), but if I were you, I wouldn't move just because of your perception of the dating scene since you'd be simply trading one big city dating scene for another. You'll find plenty of weirdos and "bland suburbanites" here, too, so it's much more likely that you need to change up where you're looking no matter where you live if dating is your main concern.

On the career front, from what I've seen, there aren't as many medical and aerospace engineering jobs here compared to the LA area and Southern California in general (i.e. San Diego). I'd be very wary about giving up a spot at USC unless you either (a) know that you could get into either Kellogg or the University of Chicago MBA programs here because it's a huge difference in marketability going from a top-tier business school to a middle-tier one, especially in this tight job market and/or (b) you actually have a job offer here. If you are able to obtain a job offer for something that's located in Chicago, then that's great, but this definitely isn't a good time to move just for the sake of moving without something in hand.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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I personally love Chicago compared to LA (except for the weather), but if I were you, I wouldn't move just because of your perception of the dating scene since you'd be simply trading one big city dating scene for another. You'll find plenty of weirdos and "bland suburbanites" here, too, so it's much more likely that you need to change up where you're looking no matter where you live if dating is your main concern.

On the career front, from what I've seen, there aren't as many medical and aerospace engineering jobs here compared to the LA area and Southern California in general (i.e. San Diego). I'd be very wary about giving up a spot at USC unless you either (a) know that you could get into either Kellogg or the University of Chicago MBA programs here because it's a huge difference in marketability going from a top-tier business school to a middle-tier one, especially in this tight job market and/or (b) you actually have a job offer here. If you are able to obtain a job offer for something that's located in Chicago, then that's great, but this definitely isn't a good time to move just for the sake of moving without something in hand.
Frank speaks the truth.
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