Posts Tagged ‘relocate’

Relocating Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Friday, November 14th, 2008
Cardboard Box In a recent study, 85% of students surveys said they were interested in relocating after college—and today's economic climate may force more to move in order to find work. When I moved to Chicago in July of 2007, I knew next to no one. I only wish that I'd had (or known about) some of the great resources for connecting with other young people at the time. Sure, there are plenty of ways to do it on your own, but thanks to the wonderful power of the Internet, new resources are making it easier than ever. In fact, you could even start seeking out and connecting with others via Twitter before you move—try searching Twellow by location and interest (thanks to Jessica for that one). Here are a few of the resources I've been introduced to in the Chicago area (I realize the first two skew a bit female...I happen to be one myself, which has swayed my interests slightly). If you're not living in or planning to move to Chicago, I hope you'll take some time to check out similar resources in your own city.
  • Monthly Meet-ups for young women: After the success of the "It's Chic to Be Geek" event on November 6, this groups is gearing up to meet every month to connect, teach and inspire young women in Chicago.
  • Cheeky Chicago: I met the founders of Cheeky Chicago last week—they just launched, and they're aiming to give females a resource to get to know the city and connect with each other. Sign up for the newsletter to find out about future events.
  • Windy City Social: I met Hope Bertram, founder of Windy City Social, at the "It's Chic to Be Geek" event. She's connecting people on four levels: social, professional, intellectual and physical. Check out the site for upcoming events.
  • Jelly: If you plan to work for yourself, Jelly is a group of freelancers who gather together in one location a few times a week—these groups popping up all over the world.
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The Dip – From College to Career

Saturday, January 12th, 2008
Seth Godin is a best-selling business and marketing author and blogger. He's known for stating the obvious in a way that gives us a kick in the butt and gets us motivated. I just finished The Dip. I thought this would be a good introduction to Godin because it was short enough to download the audio book on my iPod and listen to the entire thing during the course of my commute to and from the office. I wish I'd read this book last summer, when I went through my own personal dip. I went from the comfort and familiarity of my college life to flat broke in a new city, working as an intern with the hopes of it turning into a real job and missing my friends, my family, my boyfriend. I met other recent grads who didn't last the summer in Chicago. They couldn't take the challenge of something so new and unstable, so they went home to live with their parents until they could figure out the next step in their lives. I'm so glad I didn't give up and go home. Starting over—transitioning from college to career—can be a bit tricky at first. We become accustomed to our bubble that is college, so when we realize that we have to completely reestablish ourselves (for those of us who relocate this applies to both career and personal life), it can be a bit shocking. We have to put in our time and figure out what the hell we are doing. We are the juniors. If you're in a new job, you may have to work harder than your more experienced coworkers as you learn the basic of the company and how it functions. If you're in a new city, you may have to go out of your way to be social, even on evenings when you really just want to stay home, so you can begin to establish new friendships. And if you need some additional inspiration while you're at it, just ask Seth.