The physical act of moving lasts only a few hours, but the planning process can last months. Like for any big move, there is a lot to sort out if you’re thinking of moving to Boston. You’ll need to find a job, an apartment and, last but not least, your own rhythm and sense of belonging in the city.
More so than ever, Boston has a strong sense of pride and community. Despite the recent tragedies at the Boston Marathon, the city transformed its grief into an opportunity to come together and to exercise bravery and benevolence. In 1967 Kathrine Switzer became the first woman ever to run the Boston Marathon. She famously remarked that “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” Surely the tragedy at the Boston Marathon challenged this claim, but the whole city’s reaction has only further confirmed her view.
Boston might only be the 21st largest city in the United States, but the city is home to the country’s sixth largest economy. Furthermore, the city’s unemployment rate is below the national average and in December 2012 it was around 6.2%.
For anyone seeking work in Boston, the Massachusetts state capital is diverse enough no matter your qualifications or professional objectives. From the city’s renowned universities, which aren’t just sites of higher learning but also sites of employment, to its status as a historic tourist attraction and from the high-tech-sector to the financial sector, Boston offers a plurality of opportunities. Being the state capital, Boston also offers work in the governmental and administrative sector.
However, the city is also home to highly qualified competitors, so you’ll have to work hard to first get that interview and then get that job! That said, don’t forget that where you are looking for a job has a high impact on your likelihood of actually finding one and that AtlanticCities ranks Boston as one of the top ten American cities for recent graduates to find employment.
Boston, with its 21 boroughs, is a city of distinct neighborhoods; however, beware that living in the city comes at a cost. Boston is known for its extravagant rental prices. The bountiful student population doesn’t make finding an apartment any easier, so if you see something you fancy go for it!
Making Boston Home
Living in a city doesn’t alone make it feel like home. To feel settled, resume your regular routine. If you were part of a running club or supper club in your old city, find one to join in Boston. If you frequently attended sports games, look into season tickets. Secondly, explore your neighborhood until you know it well. Integrate yourself into local life. Introduce yourself to and get chatty with your local barista. You never know who will offer a good recommendation or even friendship.
The more involved you become in your new city, the faster your transition will be from tourist to local.