How to move across the country with no job lined up?
August 31, 2011 5:22 PM Subscribe
Will a few thousand dollars be enough for me to move out of the Midwest (where I am currently) and make it in Oregon without a job lined up?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Is $15,000 enough for me to move out of the Midwest (where I am currently) and make it in Oregon without a job lined up? I’d ultimately like to end up in Portland, but if that area is too expensive, I am also thinking about Salem, Eugene, or any other smaller area that could be nice.
Background: I recently got my BA in Sociology from a state university in December of 2010, but I am 30 years old. I am worried about getting a decent job, but I would expect that out of necessity it’s likely I’ll have to take a minimum wage until I can find something that is salaried/livable wage as well as live with a roommate or two. I am really hoping I can do this move because I’ve never lived out of my state and am totally itching to move…I used to live in another city in my state but last year I moved back to my hometown to live with my parents (and save money) following my divorce, so I am definitely ready to get.the.hell.out.
Currently, I am a piano teacher at a music store, and I have been a self-employed piano teacher for the past ten years where I used to live before I moved to my hometown. Basically, it takes a long time to build up a full studio through word of mouth and advertisements, and I am ready to find a job that has nothing to do with what I am doing now. I will have about $15,000 to move, but I am not wanting to spend much more than a few thousand for the move itself and other incidentals; in other words, I don’t want to show up in Oregon and have no job for months and run my savings down. Also, I will need the extra money for furniture, car repairs (my car sucks), and many other things. Also, I just want to have money saved.
The economy is not great, the cost of living will be higher in Oregon than where I am, my degree is very basic and unimpressive, and I have little work history other than being a self-employed piano teacher (my current job will not be a good reference because I just started working there a little over a month ago and they probably would not be so happy to see me jump ship so soon), so I am wondering just how likely it would be that I would end up halfway across the country where I know nobody and just lose all my savings due to not being able to get any sort of decent work—or any work. If it matters, my only debt is a $12,000 student loan that I am paying $150/month.
I’m not sure what answers I’m looking for. Maybe some assurances that you or someone you know has done this successfully and not ended up homeless or that I need a better plan. Or maybe the other option is I should stay in my hometown at my parents’ house and save up even more money (however, this is incredibly unappealing to me, depressing even). I make less than one thousand dollars a month because I don’t have enough students. I have nothing tying me to my hometown—no significant other, no great job, no close friends, a location I really don’t like. This would be a huge step for me, something I have always wanted to do but have never done. Any helpful input would be appreciated. Thanks.
P.S. For what it’s worth, I have steadily been applying online to jobs in Oregon, but to no avail. I figure I would be a more attractive candidate if I were living there rather than halfway across the country, though I know the economy is not great and my degree and background are not exactly in demand.