Location, Location, Location (Job Search Edition)

By Luis H. Garay

Being back in my hometown this past week, I spend time with not only my family (and a puppy!) and friends but also friends who are currently living out of state. At the moment, I have friends scattered across the United States and abroad. Some of them were able to come in to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their family. Thankfully, I was able to catch up with them!

As I was having coffee with one of these friends, I began to think about my own move happening in the not-so-distant future: my move that will come from the job search. This friend currently lives in one city I am planning to job search in, Sacramento. As she talked my ear off about Sacramento, I got really excited about the possibility of living there! For one, it would be nice to live in a warmer climate and, hey, maybe even celebrate my birthday in January in warmer weather.

This was just one friend who is encouraging me to live in one area. However, I have other people  who are providing just as much encouragement. I have my family and hometown friends encouraging me to move back. I also have friends supporting the east coast and mid-Atlantic areas to job search in.   The cities I’m looking at include:
  • Philadelphia
  • New York City
  • Boston
  • DC
  • Chicago
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • London

I am still not sure where I would ideally like to end up location-wise for my first professional job. There are just so many factors to consider. Thankfully I have many friends and mentors who are more than willing to listen and help me process.

I also wanted to write this post to illustrate how I feel about the job search. When it comes to location, I think about my family.  I wish I could articulate why my family is important to me for this search but I cannot really find the words. I know a part of me is feeling I have spent enough time away from my family. I am also thinking, “Wouldn’t be nice for my parents if I was closer to home?”.  As part of my culture and eldest child of three, I feel a certain responsibility to my family. Being there, present, and available to my family is of the upmost importance to me.

I’m starting to think the question might be the following: What do I want? What will make me happy? Which city will be the best for my professional development and advancing in the field?

As always, feel free to share your thoughts with me via Twitter by tweeting @LuisHGaray

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