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Go west young grad!

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Student-Jobs-USA-Jobs-College-Graduates.jpgOne of the many benefits of going to school at Simmons is its location in Boston, a walkable city with numerous business, entertainment and cultural advantages.  Not to mention the presence of dozens of colleges and universities and upward of 250,000 students who make it their home. Given all that Boston offers, why would any new college graduate ever want to leave?   While many do stay, some grads return to their home towns for family or financial reasons, and others leave because the job market seems to be better farther afield.  And recent statistics seem to support that decision.

According to research results of the Gallup Daily tracking, conducted throughout 2012-2013 in the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), Boston ranked 27 out of 50 MSAs in best environment for job creation.  Houston, Texas was ranked # 1, with Salt Lake City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona among the top 5 cities. While you may decide to go west for a better job market, you don't need to travel too far west.  Columbus, Ohio ranked # 2 while three major metropolitan areas in California: Sacramento, Riverside and Los Angeles ranked at the bottom.

When it comes to the job market, it depends on the type of position you are targeting, and on the law of supply and demand.  If your market research is telling you that there are relatively few openings in your field, for example, new grad nurse positions in greater Boston and Massachusetts, but your search shows more opportunities in Florida or Texas, it may be time to relocate to land that first job.

Moving away from Boston can be challenging to those who see themselves as forever part of Red Sox Nation, so it helps to remember that your first job does not require a life time commitment.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker today stays at his or her job for 4.4 years with the workforce's youngest members expecting to stay about half that time.  While you don't want to be seen as a "job hopper", two plus years of experience in your field can often make you more marketable if you decide to move back.

Are you passionate about your career direction and will relocate to be able to work in your chosen field? Or do you want to live in a particular place and will accept a close facsimile to your career ideal?  It's a question most job seekers have had to ask themselves at one time or another.   How will you answer it?

For more information about market trends, check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Massachusetts Career Information System,  and other resources on Explore Majors and Careers.

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