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Old 05-20-2013, 06:10 PM
Location: Sick of MI.
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I live in Grand Rapids, MI and the jobs are not good here. Manufacturing is about all there is. We are better than East MI but still not all that great. I am going to be graduating with my Associates in Accounting in 2014. I intend to look for an entry level Accounts Receivable/Payable or Bookkeeping gig while getting a bachelor's online in either Accounting, Finance, or some field like that. I am looking at a few metros around the nation based on low unemployment.

I'm considering either Omaha or Des Moines, they are closer to home and have strong diversified economies, low unemployment, and a strong financial services sector (esp. Des Moines).

I've also considered New Hampshire as it seems to be doing well.

West TX is on my radar (Amarillo and Lubbock). The weather seems to be better there but I think most jobs there are probably oil or agricultural related, not a strong financial services sector.

SLC by contrast has a very strong sector in finance and banking especially, low unemployment etc.

Are there really a lot of finance and banking jobs available there? What about entry level for an associates looking at a bachelor's. I know it will not pay as much and only be in AP/AR but a job's a job.

How expensive is it?

How big is the "Mormon factor?" I do not think Mormons are bad in fact I like them, but I will not ever become one because I simply don't believe in it. I'm sure I'd get along though. However my main concern is that there will be a good old boys' network that will shut me out of jobs because I'm not part of the LDS community. Here in West MI such a network exists, however among rich Dutch Calvinists, and it is one of the reasons I am leaving. The few Mormons I've seen are generally nice and outgoing, and are probably actually less insular than West MI Dutch Calvinists b/c of missions etc. but it is a concern.

What is the climate like?
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