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Old 02-17-2014, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh,PA
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Hi There!

I know this is a really specific question, sorry if it isn't the right post for the city vs. city board I read the rules and thought it would be okay.

I live in Pittsburgh and am looking to move south, somewhere on the east coast, near the beach. I am open to the west coast, but the COL is pretty high there. I will have my Masters in Social Work next year along with about 9 years experience in my perspective field. I was wondering if anyone knows of areas that have a lot of hospitals, or mental health agencies that could be hiring? My ultimate goal is to work at the VA. I am researching now because over the summer I will be visiting top locations on my list to see if I like them.

thanks in advance!!

Alyce
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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Hi again Alyce! In addition to St Petersburg FL which would be a great fit and already mentioned in the Tampa Bay forum, I would recommend checking out West Palm Beach FL, Charleston SC and Hampton VA which all have VA hospitals. All area affordable areas and offer nice coastal living. Good luck!
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh,PA
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Hi there Kyle!

Thank you! West Palm Beach has been mentioned to me several times now. I haven't had a chance to check out info on it yet. I really like what I have found out about Tampa so far. FL VA's seem to have quite a few openings. I love Charleston; and have family in that area, but I have heard terrible things about their social worker job market :/... I want to have a job before I move, hence all the questions haha.

Thanks!!!

Alyce
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:21 PM
 
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I second the Hampton/Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of VA, which has a pretty strong military presence.
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I am in pretty much the same boat as you! I will be finishing up my MSW in August and looking to move out of Pittsburgh for somewhere warmer!
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:02 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Hi there Kyle!

Thank you! West Palm Beach has been mentioned to me several times now. I haven't had a chance to check out info on it yet. I really like what I have found out about Tampa so far. FL VA's seem to have quite a few openings. I love Charleston; and have family in that area, but I have heard terrible things about their social worker job market :/... I want to have a job before I move, hence all the questions haha.

Thanks!!!

Alyce

Just make sure a lot of job openeings is a sign of health growth, not a sign that the working professionals were leaving because they were unhappy and dissatisfied.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh,PA
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Just make sure a lot of job openings is a sign of health growth, not a sign that the working professionals were leaving because they were unhappy and dissatisfied.
Ohh that's a good point! The website http://www.glassdoor.com may be useful for that.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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People leaving because they are unhappy/dissatisfied doesn't necessarily make it a bad job. Different people want different things and different people's personalities respond differently to each other. Also, even if the jobs isnt a dream job and there are negatives, it can still be a great learning experience. I also think reviews are usually only left when there is something negative to say and people with good experiences often don't leave reviews.
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