Has anyone here moved to another state without a job and been successful?

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    Nov 11, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    Hi, I am new to realjock and would like opinions on something. I am from PA but it has been my dream to move to San Diego since I was 15 years old. I am 25 now and am planning to move out there without a job in March 2010.

    I have been working in the biotech industry with my BS in biology for over 2 years and have acquired some good skills that I feel will be useful in getting my foot in the door with the biotech industry just north of San Diego.

    I have over a year and a half worth of living expenses saved up and I have accounted for the higher cost of living in southern California. I am very frugal and would be happy working retail for up to a year if I have to.

    I have talked with numerous colleagues and a guy who is the CEO of a biotech company we work with who's from San Diego and he actually told me that my best bet is to go without a job as long as I have enough saved up. He elaborated that no one is going to be looking on a national scale for entry level employees (what I'm qualified for) when they have plenty of well-qualified people in-state already (hence, my unsuccessful job search thus far). A few people have agreed with him whereas others have told me I'm nuts to consider this due to the crappy job market.

    I guess I'd like to know if anyone else on here has ever made a big move without a job lined up first and if you were successful in your venture. Also, do you think it is a bad idea for me to go through with this dream?

    I feel like if I don't do this now, I'll become too "settled" where I am and never do it.

    Thoughts?
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    Nov 11, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    I moved from Indianapolis to Austin without a job and it turned out really well for me. Granted it was in 1998 and the job market was better then but I ended up landing an entry level job and have made a career out of it. I remember being terrified doing it but in the end probably one of the best choices I have ever made.
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    Nov 11, 2009 3:06 AM GMT
    In 2006 I left San Diego, CA to live in Seattle, WA for several personal reasons. I was jobless for exactly one week. I would say that I've been very successful and I have no regrets except I miss my friends and going to Padres games. San Diego is a great town.

    Believe in yourself and all things are possible.
  • wellwell

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    Nov 11, 2009 3:06 AM GMT
    ...All correct, Sir.
    I'm from that area; ...done that exactly twice. left w/o a job & it is working out fine (1 & 1/2 yrs. so far this time). The job market is never "crappy" to aggressive workers. You must pursue your greatest dreams, lest you live a life w/ an incomplete Soul. Best Wishes & Good Luck!
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    Nov 11, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    I wouldn't make the move in the current market.
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    Nov 11, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    I've done it.
    3 times.
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    Nov 11, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    Considering the crappy economic situation here in California, I wouldn't advise it. But if you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses + potential emergencies, then give it a shot. But have a plan. And a specific time frame to reach your goals.

    If you haven't reached your goals in your planned time frame, then don't stick around and spend all your savings. Go back home, save more money, and try again when things get better.
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    Nov 11, 2009 4:01 AM GMT
    Thanks guys! I really appreciate all of the responses and support!
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    Nov 11, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
    I've done it countless times and it has always worked out.

    Even if you struggle, just the experience alone can be so extremely worth it: you're following your dream, learning a new city, meeting new people, experiencing great weather.

    No matter what, it will be an adventure.
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    Nov 11, 2009 8:58 AM GMT
    I moved to San Diego from upstate New York.. no job lined up, but did stay with the family of a friend for a month till i got work. be prepared to take a money making job till you find something in your field, but make the move if it's what you really want.

    by the way, this is the land of earthquakes, wildfires and killer bees, enter at your own risk
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  • gymlocker

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    Nov 11, 2009 9:08 AM GMT
    San Diego has the best weather in the United States. Problem is, you have to work one, sometimes two jobs to be able to afford to live there. When you spend all your time working you don't have any free time to enjoy the great weather. Life is all about tradeoffs and choices. 75 and sunny looks a lot like 19 degrees and sunny when you're stuck in an office, showroom, or a cubicle without a window....The surfing is great, but nobody has time to do it. Think about that before you move....
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    Nov 11, 2009 9:23 AM GMT
    That's how one grows in life; stepping into it, taking a deep breath and going for it. You're young enough to do it and make mistakes. Gets harder the older you are.

    I moved from Georgia to Southern CA right out of University without a job and it was the best thing I could have done.

    I did it again after 911. Moved to London without a job. Talk about scary! Met a man. Fell in love. Live in Monaco now.

    Don't stay put and don't wait for a job. Go!

    WJ
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    Nov 11, 2009 9:35 AM GMT
    I've moved twice to two different cities without a job, and I'm okay now.

    I'm planning on doing it again, seeing as I won't be able to finish my pre-reqs here at UTSA.
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    Nov 11, 2009 9:41 AM GMT
    San Diego is beautiful. I was stationed out there at Naval Base Coronado for a short period. I have fond memories of the area.

    At 25 years of age I moved to NYC from Columbus, Ohio, with nothing more than two duffel bags stuffed with clothes, a journal, and approx. $500 in my pocket. Luckily, I was able to stay with a friend until I landed on my own two feet, but it wasn't easy. It took me close to a month to find a job, and over a year to stabilize, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

    Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. If the biotech job doesn't pan out ... so what. Look for another, and another, and another. You'll have your way as long as you stick with it. I ended up selling gym memberships for what was a small fitness club back then (Equinox - the first one, actually) until I was able to land a job related to my college degree.

    Go for it, but remain true to yourself. Don't sell yourself short, and don't get swept up in anything that will allow you to lose focus.
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    Nov 11, 2009 9:54 AM GMT
    I've done it before and I found a job within a week.

    To increase your odds, two weeks before you head to San Diego contact a few head hunters in the area. Head hunters (and Temp agencies) can be a great source of information.

    In sum, you only live once -- GO FOR IT! Best of Luck!
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    Nov 11, 2009 12:06 PM GMT
    You seem like you are on top of your finances, and with your savings you should be fine.

    San Diego is an amazing city--I would get up and go. It is too easy to wait for a "better time" and can lead to cold feet.

    I up and moved to Madrid (where the economic crisis is really hitting hard) from Southern California, but I am flourishing here. Best decision ever.
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    Nov 11, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
    Oh! I forgot to mention. You must have a car living in San Diego. Hillcrest is one of the biggest gay communities in the country and it's right near downtown and Balboa Park but if you're like most people you'll work up North and live in the city. The highway systems are great but they currently do not have a strong public transit system that will get you from the metro areas to the office parks commonly found in Sorrento Valley, La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, etc.
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    Nov 11, 2009 2:04 PM GMT
    I've moved from another country without a job and made it. It's doable... hard but doable.
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    Nov 11, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    I moved to Atlanta without a job. I was lucky that the Headhunter's that I used in Los Angeles had an Atlanta branch so when I got here I was working temp until I found a job in my field of study and that was three years ago. Planning is everything and make sure that you have a doable plan B.

    I have to say the first 6 to 8 months was tough. I also had a little saving and I was also living with relatives. Now I live in midtown and loving it!


    Good Luck! 8-)
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    Thank you guys, I really appreciate all of the advice; even from those who don't think it's a good idea, I appreciate you getting me to think about it some more.

    I'm am definitely going to go through with it and as soon as I have a local address (end of Feb/early March) I will get my resume posted and contact some headhunters and just network like crazy.

    Thanks again! I can't wait until I can change my address on here and make it official!
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Definitely go for it! You only live once. It is awesome to see so many who have done this and been pleased.

    I just took the leap from Iowa to Phoenix in MAY. Despite the crappy job market, I found an industry job inside 3 months. I have since been happily employed and am starting to spread my wings socially.

    You have great advice...I would add check out job boards online (Craigslist, Monster, Careerbuilder). It may seem silly, but I found my job in the industry through Craigslist. Good luck and let us know how it works!
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    Nov 12, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    I'd say go for it! you only live once. Go there, figure it out, date and see the new city.

    * I'm from Orange County, SoCal - moved to LA & SF - with nothing stable or lining up really. Just depend on your friends, networking skills and be ready for anything - love, that dream job and your idea of being completely free. icon_biggrin.gif
  • EricLA

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    Nov 12, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    Given this economy, particularly California's, I'd say you'd be ill advised to move here without a job. I haven't been paying attention how biotech industry is doing, but I'm sure if you Google the names of the big companies in SD to see if they've announced big layoffs in recent months could give you a clue.

    I agree if you were to locate here that you'd better have hefty savings to carry you over for several months (I'd say 6 months minimum.) and possibly a move back to PA in case things don't work out at all.

    You really need to take today's economic situation into account and do your homework to make sure your industry will continue to grow given the current climate, and that it won't shrink.
  • KepaArg

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    Nov 12, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    I'd say just go for it! I did the same things when I went to Spain for few months during their summer for pleasure and to make Euros to bring back to Argentina. Spain was hit really bad by the crisis as well, but I was able to find a job in about over a week, was there there for about 3 months. Had a great time and brought Euros back to Argentina! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 31, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    Update:

    I got in touch with some recruiters out in San Diego and the job market is pretty decent in my industry.

    Actually, haha, my brother-in-law's father happened to recently be sitting next to a woman on the plane from Philly to San Diego and she was a human resources director in San Diego for biotech. He told her about me and what I wanted to do and she offered to help out! She's been so awesome and helpful and put me in touch with 2 different temp agencies, both of which have been incredibly helpful and kind. I'm so used to the east coast attitude so dealing with people who are actually nice was kinda shocking, HAHA.

    Anyway, thanks for the support guys, I'll keep ya updated on my progress. I'm moving March 15th and arriving April 1st (making cross-country road trip icon_smile.gif.

    -Dan