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Old 09-11-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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Is Richmond still worse than HR? Starting to sound a lot like Ohio.
Richmond definitely reminds me of Cincinnati.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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Richmond definitely reminds me of Cincinnati.
I haven't been in Cincinnati since the 90s. They had a lot of racial strife back then. At the time I lived in Dayton, which was the worst city in the state to live in.

I remember checking out the zoo in Cincinnati. Terrible neighborhood to live in. I had forgotten just how ghetto Ohio can be. Hopefully that neighborhood has improved since then. I hear Dayton got worse while Cincinnati improved. Downtown Dayton is actually looking a lot better now than it was then.

They say Richmond has a bigger downtown than Norfolk. I need to go up there and check it out.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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Captain07 -- what is your field?

I hold a bachelor's degree and got my first job in 2009 when the economy was around its worst. It only took me a couple of months then and I have never experienced an employer having a stuck up mindself for hiring me. I have interviewed with many local employers: ODU, Sentara, Amerigroup, ValueOptions, Drucker Faulk, Avalon Communities.
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Charlottesville, VA
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Is Richmond still worse than HR? Starting to sound a lot like Ohio.
Richmond is definitely worse than HR. I mean, it looks a lot like Portsmouth in the areas that are not right downtown. Downtown is nice for sure, but step outside the VCU area and you will be accosted by hobos nonstop. The crime that happens in the projects around the Gilpin Court area is insane.

The only other city I can think of that reminds me of RVA is Kansas City. Except Kansas City is obviously bigger.
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Charlottesville, VA
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Captain07 -- what is your field?

I hold a bachelor's degree and got my first job in 2009 when the economy was around its worst. It only took me a couple of months then and I have never experienced an employer having a stuck up mindself for hiring me. I have interviewed with many local employers: ODU, Sentara, Amerigroup, ValueOptions, Drucker Faulk, Avalon Communities.
I got a somewhat useless degree (BA in history) but I graduated with honors and had internship experience in the tourism industry. Figured I would be able to find a job, not right away, but definitely something worthwhile within a few months of graduating (2011).

I ended up working full-time for a year in a corporate law firm in Norfolk that was one of the five largest law firms in the state. It was a job that required a high school diploma, I had a BA. Crap pay, and I interacted with many of the top lawyers and businessmen in the Hampton Roads area daily. That's where I made the observation that the business leaders in the area are definitely more concerned with their personal earnings and not sustaining the local economy once they retire. The mindset here is diametrically opposed to those in Denver, or Raleigh, or even Fairfax, VA. My friends from high school, regardless of what university they graduated from and what degree they got, all ended up in Richmond, D.C., or Raleigh. I know one person who earned a BS in Environmental Science that found a job in VB, but that was it. Business majors, liberal arts, and fine arts majors (but thats a no brainer) were SOL.
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:32 PM
 
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I haven't been in Cincinnati since the 90s. They had a lot of racial strife back then. At the time I lived in Dayton, which was the worst city in the state to live in.

I remember checking out the zoo in Cincinnati. Terrible neighborhood to live in. I had forgotten just how ghetto Ohio can be. Hopefully that neighborhood has improved since then. I hear Dayton got worse while Cincinnati improved. Downtown Dayton is actually looking a lot better now than it was then.

They say Richmond has a bigger downtown than Norfolk. I need to go up there and check it out.
Cincy started gentrifying some neighborhoods back in the 90s and really saw a drastic improvement. Of course they still have a long way to go. Dayton on the other hand... it's been a few years since I've been back there (spent nearly 20 years there) but it seems they ignored their downtown area and focused on the suburbs (ie Beavercreek). Ohio is very, very ghetto in so many areas. Columbus is far and above the best city in the state though.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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Richmond is definitely worse than HR. I mean, it looks a lot like Portsmouth in the areas that are not right downtown. Downtown is nice for sure, but step outside the VCU area and you will be accosted by hobos nonstop. The crime that happens in the projects around the Gilpin Court area is insane.

The only other city I can think of that reminds me of RVA is Kansas City. Except Kansas City is obviously bigger.
Yeah that is definitely Ohio, or any other Northern or Midwestern city.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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I got a somewhat useless degree (BA in history) but I graduated with honors and had internship experience in the tourism industry. Figured I would be able to find a job, not right away, but definitely something worthwhile within a few months of graduating (2011).

I ended up working full-time for a year in a corporate law firm in Norfolk that was one of the five largest law firms in the state. It was a job that required a high school diploma, I had a BA. Crap pay, and I interacted with many of the top lawyers and businessmen in the Hampton Roads area daily. That's where I made the observation that the business leaders in the area are definitely more concerned with their personal earnings and not sustaining the local economy once they retire. The mindset here is diametrically opposed to those in Denver, or Raleigh, or even Fairfax, VA. My friends from high school, regardless of what university they graduated from and what degree they got, all ended up in Richmond, D.C., or Raleigh. I know one person who earned a BS in Environmental Science that found a job in VB, but that was it. Business majors, liberal arts, and fine arts majors (but thats a no brainer) were SOL.
My degree was in finance and like I said, I had absolutely no problem being taken seriously by any of the major employers in this area and never once felt age discrimination from a prospective employer or from any of the employers that I have worked with so far in my career. My accounting major friends have careers here, as well as a few other business-related majors that I know (employed with Dollar Tree, Booz Allen Hamilton, DB Schenker, Movement Mortgage, Amerigroup, Dominion Enterprises, Cox Communications). A friend with a communications degree is at CMA CGM. All of us were under 25 at the time of hire and none of us were hired more than 3-4 years ago so it is all relatively recent.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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Also, I currently work as a business systems analyst with a guy whose BA is in foreign affairs. It can happen here.
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Old 09-15-2013, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Charlottesville, VA
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My degree was in finance and like I said, I had absolutely no problem being taken seriously by any of the major employers in this area and never once felt age discrimination from a prospective employer or from any of the employers that I have worked with so far in my career. My accounting major friends have careers here, as well as a few other business-related majors that I know (employed with Dollar Tree, Booz Allen Hamilton, DB Schenker, Movement Mortgage, Amerigroup, Dominion Enterprises, Cox Communications). A friend with a communications degree is at CMA CGM. All of us were under 25 at the time of hire and none of us were hired more than 3-4 years ago so it is all relatively recent.
What can I say? Had the exact opposite experience. I know of some people from high school who are still attending ODU, doing the good old 7 or 8 year plan, and earning degrees in accounting who have awesome internships in the public sector at the federal level. But kids I know who earned degrees from schools outside the area code couldn't land them.

Shoulder shrug.
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