(Closed) NWR: living in the USA? (long)

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

The job market in the US sucks right now.  Lots of college graduates can’t even get jobs.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It totally depends on where you live. If you live in a small city or a rural area somewhere, you could live inexpensively, but of course there are fewer jobs. However, crime in those areas is also generally low, so you might feel more comfortable.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s tough everywhere these days, I think.  Salaries are certainly higher in big US cities… but the cost of living in those big cities is, too.  I live in Boston, MA, and the cost of living (especially housing) is completely insane.  And it’s worse in New York City and San Francisco.

 

What kind of job would you want as a social worker?  I am a social worker, and would be happy to weigh in.  Smile

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

It would be difficult to balance finding a job and an area with a low cost of living. It really depends on our field of work and if you would be willing to work outside of it to find a job. I am not saying that it isn’t possible that you would come here and it would be worth it, but times are tough and a lot of people are being laid of and having a hard time finding jobs. You still have to be willing to work hard for the “American Dream”

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you able to work legally in the United States?

Do you speak any languages besides English?

I would start looking at places in the US you would be interested in living, and see what jobs are available.  Make sure you check out craigslist for local job listings.  Where in the US were you interested in living?  If you find a city with a good public transportation system, you don’t need a car.  I lived in Philly for seven years with no car.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have you researched cost of living and average salaries for social workers in the area of the US that you’re considering? If you haven’t, please do this first – it can help you decide if it will be worth moving here and what area you’d want to move to. The US is a huge country, with lots of variety throughout in salaries and cost of living. You may find that you could live more comfortably here in some areas (for example, the Midwest has a fairly low cost of living), but in others (generally speaking, as you move toward either coast), you’d find that you won’t get as much for your money. 

ETA: Ha, it looks like the other bees beat me to this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

While I do think we live better in the US, there are less social programs here. Like our college (university) isn’t free and our social secuity isn’t very good for the elderly.So it’s a trade off. More money, less social programs.

I know a social worker here and she too doesn’t make much money. I think she makes like 34k (which maybe sounds like a lot, but isn’t in my area, she’s really struggling), but pays $1100 in rent a month to live in a really teeny apartment. It’s not a career to get into if making money is your goal.

Gas is way cheaper here- like $3.60 a gallon. We don’t have all the gas taxes like European countries do.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Are you able to work legally in the United States?

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

The unfortunate thing is that you’re both in positions that aren’t in demand in many countries across the world.  A writer, though, can gain valuable experience anywhere!  So that’s a positive.

 

I would send out feelers and explore areas you are interested in.  I don’t see if you said you were eligible to work legally in the US or not.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Adams_bee:  Fiance and I are toying with the same idea. We live in Spain right now, but we know we don’t want to grow old here. The US seems like such a dreamland, on the other end, the healthcare/social security angle really scares me ๐Ÿ˜€

Did you already think about where you’d like to live?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Personally, I wouldn’t leave a stable economy and free healthcare to come to the US right now.  To make ends meet, you’d probably end up with a retail or restaurant job, you’d have to always lock your doors and your Fiance would be lucky if he got some kind of newspaper job or an editing position in the writing field.  (I’m an English doctoral student, writing is just hard everywhere.)

I wouldn’t expect to jump over here and land a social work job right off the bat– you’d probably have to spend a year volunteering and getting experience in the city you live and with an organization.  I wouldn’t be as likely to hire someone who didn’t know the inner workings of our system? 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@maymorganite:  To me, Spain seems like a dreamland.  Siestas? Actual culture instead of just commercialized crap everywhere? Healthcare?! 

The grass is always greener.

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