Post # 1
Ugh, FI and I have been tossing around the where to live question for months, but never getting anywhere. Well the clock is starting to tick for us and we need to have some serious discussions on what we want to do and where we want to be. See FI is an engineer (mostly manufacturing, but he dabbles a bit in computer and programing) and I will graduate with my degree in History in a few short months. We both want to get out of Ohio and try living somewhere else, but we have a lot of options open to us which makes the decision pretty hard. I’m just not sure what to do, there are so many great places to live that it makes it hard to narrow down choices. There are many things to consider, like I would like to go to graduate school, he would like to make sure there are good state parks/nice natural places to visit, we both want to be at least near a bigger city (like within 30 minutes to an hour), plus we both need to live somewhere we can get jobs. We’ve said we narrowed it down to North Carolina (Raleigh area), Washington D.C. and surrounding areas, and Washington State but I think we only say that because our options are completely open.
I swear this is more draining and stressful than the wedding. I’d love some imput from other bees about some good places to live and work? Any history degree bees out there, if so what are you doing with your degree?
Post # 3
I don’t have experience with the places you are mentioning, but you might want to look into the Albany/Capital Region New York area. I guess this depends on whether you would consider Albany a “major city” but it’s nice there. There’s state/town parks, the state museum (maybe this would be good for your history degree?), numerous colleges (for graduate work), and I think there’s a good amount of engineering opportunities (there’s a large engineering college in the area)
It’s also a short ride from the Hudson Valley, where there’s even more parks, hiking, etc. and historical stuff. There’s even a wine trail there I believe. And you can take the Amtrak from Albany into NYC for weekend trips and such.
Post # 4
I know for my fiance and I, it all came down to where he could get a job. We thought we’d have a ton of options and would get some choice in the matter, but it turned out that his job is dictating to us where we’ll be…and not the other way around! Maybe your fiance could send out some aps and see where he gets a bite, and let that narrow it down for you?
Post # 5
I agree with pp. If there isn’t a place that speaks to you in terms of where you want to live, I would just start applying to dream jobs/grad schools all over the place. You’re in a great position being geographically completely open. DO you have any sense of what you might want to do with your degree? An obvious choice is teaching. If you plan to teach at the higher level you’ll need a master’s and likely a phD. My husband is working on his phD, not in history, and if he can’t find a job in a university (which is very competative) he wants to teach high school AP history (he was a history undergrad). You’d need to research a credential program, but at some private schools you can teach without one. Can you find a job to pay the bills for a while, and give yourself sometime to figure out what you really want to do? I took two years post-undergrad and only now am I ready to start law school applications.
It’s really exicting havign the future se so wide open. We are a little bit in that position now. You’ll be happy wherever you go, as long as it’s together!
Post # 6
I would agree with everyone else and say get the job first… that will dictate a lot of where you are going to be living.
That said, I have converted hundreds of people to move to Washington State. Not only is it Stunning! It’s friendly, lots and lots of green parks and beaches, fabulous foods! Large city that is easy to get into and leave and many, many, many suburbs all around. Lots of plays, sporting events and concerts as well.
Lots of colleges and museums as well.
Anyways, keep us in the loop!