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Old 03-25-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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Im 24 and planning on moving to San Diego in January 2013. No job but I'll just hope for the best! Well, kind of! I have 2 years of wildland firefighting experience one year in Arizona(national resource unit, also known as "hotshots")and one out east(also a national resource unit). I'm looking to transition over to a city fire dept preferably San Diego! Well not preferably.... I really want to get on San Diego FD!!! There's a wildland fire department (hotshot crew) based out of El Cajon. If things don't workout with San Diego fire right away, my chances of getting on with the dept in El Cajon (fire season starts in May) are really good. In the mean time I hope to find work as a security guard some where to pay for rent. I have 3 years experience as a security guard. Where should I live? What should I do? I'm pretty much going into this blind.... Any help or contacts are greatly appreciated
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Make sure that you have a large savings to hold you over. Getting a security guard job here won't be easy as you think it may be, and what you make won't pay your rent. You'll have to look for a roommate situation.

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Old 03-26-2012, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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You haven't offered us anything as to what you want in a neighborhood, so I will just base my suggestions on a desire for affordability and reasonable access to San Diego or El Cajon. Therefore, look at La Mesa, Rolando Park, or El Cerrito. These areas are in East San Diego. They take you out of the rent bubble surrounding SDSU. They are safer than City Heights, but close enough that rents are lower than what you would find nearer the coast or Balboa Park.

As Moved said, bring your savings with you. If not as a cushion to get you by while you job hunt, as a cushion to persuade a landlord to rent to you.

Make sure your car is paid for before you get out here. You don't want a car payment hanging over your head.
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