As of April 2016 I will have graduated university, completing my Bachelors Degree in Commerce, and will be ready to start my next adventure. The big question is … Where? Now before you start commenting “Didn’t you just write a whole love story about wanting to move to New York City??” well, moving there isn’t as easy as it seems. I’m Canadian so I also have to deal with getting a job, a visa, and sponsorship … let alone enough money to afford an apartment there. I will move there one day but I’m considering starting off somewhere else, earning enough money and the means to get a good job there first. It still made my list but when it comes to graduation, where I move ultimately depends on where I get a job. So here are my options (aka cities I’ll be applying for jobs in) – all of which I’ve visited at least once.
New York City
This has always been my dream city to live in (for all the reasons, read this post) BUT my image of living there was always a successful one; a nice apartment all to myself, enough money to enjoy the luxuries I currently enjoy and more, and a job I’m passionate about. Sadly, a recent grad moving to NYC does not experience that lifestyle – not without a hefty trust fund or Daddy to get you an executive position right off the bat.
The “Canadian New York”, as I like to call it. It’s New York with fresh air! The city is absolutely beautiful and has a lively character that I look for. I had the best time visiting Chicago with my friend back in 2012 and I can’t wait to visit again. It’s a busy city, yet one that I can also image settling down in. Plus, how nice is it to be right by the water?? I’ll need a sail boat, obviously. Only con: the damn winters! I may be Canadian but that doesn’t mean I like the cold! Winters are bad enough without harsh winds.
This city was always Dream#2 for me. British culture transfixed me from a young age. Most of my favourite movies were made by/starred Brits (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Notting Hill, Love Actually, Shakespeare in Love, …). I could go on about my love for all things British but that deserves a separate post … maybe Reasons I Want to Move to London? ;) Of course, London is NO cheaper than New York, in fact the exchange rate to CAD is awful! But I figure I’d be getting paid in pounds. I’d need to be sure that I have a good enough starting salary. I’d pick London over NYC at first because it’d be a temporary thing – more for the cultural experience. Also, being in Europe, travelling around would be a breeze! Just thinking about that gets me giddy! Day trips to Paris, long weekends in Italy, … I’d stay in hostels so it’d be afforable. If I stay, it’d be because I fell in love with a wonderful British man, aka Dream#3 ;) … I’ve noticed there’s been many winky-faces in this paragraph, more than usual at least – the Brits are cheeky so let’s just say I’m practicing!
Back to Canada! Toronto would be an easy choice because there’s no complicated paperwork/visa to worry about (other than my credit-card spending) and I know people who live there. I’ve never been to keen on Toronto for some reason, but I feel like it’s a step towards New York. If I work for a company that also has a location in NYC, maybe I could transfer. It’s the closest city to New York that Canada has to offer (lifestyle wise). Who knows, maybe I’ll love it so much that I end up staying!
If I’m ‘stuck’ living in Canada, Vancouver would be my second option. It’s one of the biggest cities in Canada, yet has so much nature (mountains, forests, ocean). Also, my brother lives there. He moved to Vancouver years ago and claimed he’s never coming back. He LOVES it. The only thing is I don’t know if its the right place for me. I need a faster paced city!
If you could start a career in any city what would it be? Let me know in the comments!