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Old 10-08-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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What would be a good place to move to search for an entry level graphic design job (or anything I could do with that 4-year degree)? I'm 21 years old, live with my boyfriend and our two dogs, and we are looking to spend <$900 on rent.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Also: I live in Raleigh, NC right now, and would like to still live in a large - or larger than Raleigh - city.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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Most bigger cities with good job markets are well above your rental budget. You might check out Minneapolis-St Paul which is significantly larger than Raleigh, has lower housing costs and a 5.7% unemployment rate.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Denver
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NYC is the US Mecca for graphic design, but as the previous poster stated, rent will be much higher than your budget.

You could maybe try Atlanta or Charlotte.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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Maybe the Philadelphia area would work: Graphics Designer jobs in Philadelphia, PA - Indeed Mobile

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Old 10-08-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Its a very tough business to be in. As a graphic designer myself, you need to position yourself within 50 miles of a primary or secondary media market.

If you have very solid webskills, Southern California is a very happening place.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:24 PM
 
Location: somewhere
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There are jobs in SoCal but also lots of competition, and it's not the greatest place to live, especially on a budget. I don't think it's necessarily true you have to position yourself near the major markets (LA or NYC). Graphic Design is a broad field, you can always get into a different niche within it. Consumer Packaged Goods (Packaging Design) for example. Then you have a lot of options, some in relatively cheap parts of the country, like the midwest. But really most companies need designers, even if they are not a design company, per se. They need someone to do their sales presentations, Powerpoint, brochures.

If I was just starting out and had it to do over again, I would consider taking an internship first, especially if you have zero experience. Yeah, it's unpaid for a while, but could get you in the door of a good company. You learn more and build your portfolio more on the job anyway. But....I have to add that it's not as fun as it might seem, being a graphic designer. You burn yourself out quickly. I can hardly stand doing it anymore. Freelancing is another good option, if you can sell yourself. Working for companies is so exhausting. They will grind you up and spit you out. You go home exhausted and half blind from staring at the screen all day.
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