Career Planning

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    Jul 31, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    Hey guys. I'll be graduating this December, and I've begun my career search plan. I've been doing a little bit of research on some cities in the U.S. where I would like to live and work and was hoping to get your opinions.

    The criteria in my search is broken up in two categories and include the following:

    personal criteria:
    - efficient public transit (metro, subway, light rail, bus, etc)
    - cultured
    - nice people
    - nice weather

    professional criteria:
    - stable/growing economy (at least as it was before the recession) or better yet, cities whose economies have weathered the recession well and/or are predicted to recover well
    - availability of jobs in marketing/management in industries such as consumer products (i'm quite open to opportunities elsewhere)

    after i have somewhat focused my attention to a few key cities, i will go into a specific company search and make a list of these target organizations to research and apply to.

    I am fully aware that I will almost certainly not find the perfect place/company based on my criteria, but I'd like to get as close as possible. I hope to get many responses, and I am completely open to new ideas.
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    Jul 31, 2009 1:19 AM GMT
    If you can afford it, travel to the places you have in mind and check the cities out for yourself. I've recently been to DC a few times and have fallen in love with it. Growing up and living in Tampa my whole life (minus 4 years in Gainesville) has left me feeling the desire to live in a large, living, breathing city. I plan to be up there the first quarter of 2010...

    Good luck with your search!
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    Jul 31, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    Thx BAM. I can't afford to travel to those cities unfortunately. At least not now.

    And just like you, I also have a strong desire to live in a large, living, breathing city! San Antonio just doesn't cut it, especially after having lived in Tokyo.
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    Jul 31, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
    San Francisco and New York are the two places that I could imagine raising a family. I've no idea what career you are interested in, but as for large, living, breathing cities, these are the only two that come to mind.
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    Jul 31, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    Here are some cities I've found: the number next to it means its position on the top 25 cities for culture in the US.


    3 Boston
    5 San Francisco
    2 D.C.
    20 Atlanta
    4 Chicago
    1 NYC
    24 Miami
    21 Dallas
    11 Seattle
    16 San Diego
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    Jul 31, 2009 4:06 AM GMT
    txguy - do you like Texas - Austin seems like a decent mix of your criteria?

    I think your career path will ultimately narrow down the field. Putting yourself somewhere that will help you network, excel and succeed will be highly beneficial. I'm not an expert, but by observation and experience, surrounding oneself with the brightest companies seems to work, and the rest falls into place.

    I moved back to my small hometown after 9 years, so I could benefit from being near family and friends. My career is fine thanks to all the great tech today. But I needed to move away to grow, and I recommend it for everyone no matter what length of time.
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    Jul 31, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    Well, I grew up in Texas so I really want to move away. I'm quite restless and have always been on the move, so I don't think I'd feel completely satisfied in Austin.