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Old 09-08-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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Hi, I'm tossing up between DC and a few other places to move to this coming January. I have an Associate's Degree in Business, and I am doing a distance program through one of my local universities in order to finish my Bachelor's in Accounting. After which I plan on sitting for the CPA exams, therefore being able to land some sort of work in a CPA firm, whether it's as soon as I arrive or within a year, would be extremely advantageous for me. As for the basics:

Rentals:

I'll probably be doing what I am doing right now, that is renting someone's spare room. I have 2 cats with me, and I do appreciate having enough space in the living room to do my yoga DVDs. That said, are my cats going to present a problem when it comes to me renting? How much would I expect to pay for the living standard I described? How many months' rent would I normally need to move into a new place? And are there any parts of town I should avoid?

Food:

I'm not a gourmet snob, but I'm not the type to skimp on added expenses of eating healthy either. That said, how much would my weekly grocery bill probably run?

My Car:

Is public transport sufficient enough in the area around DC for me to not need a car?

Jobs:

Arriving with an Associate's, what kind of jobs could I expect to land and what would the pay be like? If I can't get work in a CPA firm immediately, how is the temp agancy environment in DC? And any other knowledge, especially that particular to my field, is appreciated.



Thanks for any and all advice you can give me,
Mia
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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Hi, I'm tossing up between DC and a few other places to move to this coming January. I have an Associate's Degree in Business, and I am doing a distance program through one of my local universities in order to finish my Bachelor's in Accounting. After which I plan on sitting for the CPA exams, therefore being able to land some sort of work in a CPA firm, whether it's as soon as I arrive or within a year, would be extremely advantageous for me. As for the basics:

Rentals:

I'll probably be doing what I am doing right now, that is renting someone's spare room. I have 2 cats with me, and I do appreciate having enough space in the living room to do my yoga DVDs. That said, are my cats going to present a problem when it comes to me renting? How much would I expect to pay for the living standard I described? How many months' rent would I normally need to move into a new place? And are there any parts of town I should avoid?

Food:

I'm not a gourmet snob, but I'm not the type to skimp on added expenses of eating healthy either. That said, how much would my weekly grocery bill probably run?

My Car:

Is public transport sufficient enough in the area around DC for me to not need a car?

Jobs:

Arriving with an Associate's, what kind of jobs could I expect to land and what would the pay be like? If I can't get work in a CPA firm immediately, how is the temp agancy environment in DC? And any other knowledge, especially that particular to my field, is appreciated.



Thanks for any and all advice you can give me,
Mia
I'm not sure on the salary range of a job with an assoicates degree in business, but I will say that this is a highly educated area, where a 4 year degree is pretty much a requirement to get anything decent.

The job market is much better here than much of the country, you can get by without a car if you live in DC itself, elsewhere not as much.

Food doesn't cost dramatically more here, IMO.

Rents/housing costs here are high. A private bedroom will run you 500-600 in an ok area, and 1000 or more in a really nice area. Cats will be a case by case basis. There are a lot of listings on craigslist, so you can probably find one that will take cats.
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