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06 June 2006 @ 01:32 pm
Career advice sought  
I've been feeling rather discouraged the past few days. Here I am, having felt as though I finally had some direction in what I wanted to do as a next step in my career - only to find that really, there aren't very many jobs available doing this sort of thing, and apparently there are next to none available right now.

Well. Brilliant.

So I'm stuck, in more ways than one. The lease on the apartment is up in September, which means that one way or another, I need to find a new place to live by August. Moving is expensive as hell, so I really can't afford to move somewhere around here and THEN get a new job across the country in, say, November and move again. So, here are the options, as I see them:

1) Concentrate on the career path. Apply for the right sorts of jobs, even if it'll mean moving to an area of the country I don't particularly want to live in (New Jersey or Colorado, for example).

2) Concentrate on where I'd like to live. Apply for jobs that are related to but not quite the right things, but are in the geographic area(s) where I have family or friends and would like to live (mainly Southern California or South Florida).

3) Neither of the above. Get an apartment in the Chicago area by myself, stay at this job for now, see what happens.

I really think it has to be 1 or 2, but... I don't know which I should go for. Has anyone else dealt with this sort of situation? Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

I suspect this icon is going to get a lot of use in the coming months. -.-
I feel: contemplativecontemplative
basically, I ruleslashkilter on June 6th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Since I am continually worrying and dither about life after university I understand where you're coming from, even if your situation is obviously a bit more urgent.

And I'll never get all the Jersey-hateage - if you haven't travelled the US and are from Europe, like me, you could really get the feeling that it's hell on earth from the way the rest of America talks about it. ;-)
Vicki: Brokenhermorrine on June 6th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
It's not that I hate NJ or have any particularly bad feelings about it, but more that a) I don't want to move somewhere where I don't know anyone and b) they have snow there. But to clarify, I used NJ as an example because there IS a job opening of the 'right' sort there, but... meh. See a and b.
basically, I ruleslashkilter on June 6th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Nah, I understand - as you say, moving's expensive and you will have to stay at the spot you pick, so see why you want to move somewhere where you know people and feel comfortable. It's just that NJ seems to get picked on a lot, and not only by New Yorkers. It's kind of amusing and creates a certain sympathy in me for that poor mocked state. *g*
Ramblin, where to begin?: Jersey! ( by orchidicons)angel423 on June 6th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
*cough*ignoringtheNJthing*cough* :)

If I were you (and I'm not, obviously) I would go for which ever number is more important to you. I, for example, will probably always go for number two, because my friends and family are most important to me no matter what. No job would be worth being away from them for me. However, I know people who need to feel entirely happy in their jobs in order to be happy overall and that it totally ok. It all depends on you and what would make you happiest. Would you be happy to live in a place away from friends and family if you were entirely content with your work? Would you be happy to have a job you didnt love if it meant being able to see those same people?

I think that only you can know what would make you happiest. Right now I am going with number 2 and moving to Philly because it means living with my best friend and knowing that she will make life liveable for the moment. I don't have a job yet, but whatever I get, no matter how much I hate it? I will still get to come home to her and her crazy ways, so I think it will even out :)
hooray hooray, I'm your silver liningof_evangeline on June 7th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
The only advice I have is if you're the type to be very attached to family and friends, then go for #2, because they can be a source of much needed support during times like these. But ultimately, do what'll make you happiest, which I'm sure you will. :)