For recent grads, heading to the Golden State, the home of the Celtics or the Big Apple might be a game changer. According to AtlanticCities.com, San Francisco, Boston and New York are among the best metro regions for job-seeking degree holders. Rankings were based on the unemployment rate, average salaries, housing costs and job opportunities — as well as social communities for smart 20-somethings.
As of January 2013, more than 70 percent of people, ages 25 or older, holding a bachelor’s degree or higher were employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, based on data from the Current Population Survey, degree holders under the age of 25 were less fortunate, with just over 50 percent being jobless or underemployed, reports The Atlantic.
If you were lucky enough to score employment after graduation, don’t let relocating to another state hold you back from taking that position. Or, if you’re still jobless, visit job-applications.com to apply for jobs and consider packing up and heading to either coast. Either way, when you find yourself on the move, here’s what to do next:
Do Your Research
Learn as much as you can about the city you’re moving to. Consider the climate, demographics and what the city is known for. Make note of tourist-type things to do — you’d be surprised at how many people live in Arizona but have never been to the Grand Canyon, or live in Boston and haven’t walked the Freedom Trail. Doing so will get you excited about moving and motivate you to get involved as soon as you move in.
Make a Plan
Consider what you’ll be taking and what you’ll be leaving. Packing for a move can be a cleansing experience. You get to walk down memory lane and relive moments just by reading an old letter, seeing a picture or finding a ticket stub. Decide what you can donate, what you can sell and what you can pack. As a recent grad, you probably don’t have much furniture, though.
Pack it Up
When packing, careful labeling will make unpacking easy. Make sure to keep a bag of necessities with you in the cab, such as a change of clothes, your toothbrush, toilet paper and important paperwork. When you arrive at your new place, you want to dig through boxes looking for any of these items. On moving day, we suggest you avoid doing anything but moving. No more signing papers or running last minute errands — that’ll just set you up for a disaster. Say your goodbyes the night(s) before and have only close friends and family help with the move.
In the planning stages, it’s hard to see past just getting there and unpacking. But once you arrive in your city, have a plan to get involved and stick to it. Don’t let loneliness creep in or you might find yourself hiring another mover to take you back where you came from. Get out and explore your city. Say hi to people you meet and find ways to be active and involved:
- Take exercises classes at the gym to stay fit and meet new people
- Join a club and learn a new skill or develop talents
- Adopt a pet and head to animal parks
- Be active in your church or do volunteer work
- Contact your alumni office to find a network of grads who also live in your new city
Brad is a writer and a part-time nursing student who lives in Florida.