Sabbatical in Chicago
July 11, 2013 8:06 AM Subscribe
I'm currently studying law in a UK university, and am contemplating taking a semester off beginning August 2014 (about 4 months) to work and travel. The plan right now is to move to another city/country and work and stay there, and on the top of my list at the moment is Chicago. How viable is this?
posted by anonymous to travel & transportation (9 answers total)
Part of the reason why I'm thinking of Chicago is because I'm evaluating as a long-term living option.
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I have no professional qualifications, but in terms of skills I am reasonably familiar with systems administration (but no programming knowledge). I am open to either IT-related jobs, or working as a paralegal.
I plan to rent a small apartment by myself, so rental will be a concern.
I have savings to tide me over the initial moving-in period, but would like to use as little of that as possible.
I know that NYC is the first place most people think of when they think "sabbatical" and "US", but Chicago attracts me because of the slower pace of life, but decent living standards.
1) Is this a stupid idea? If not - what should I take note of, about university sabbaticals and Chicago?
2) Bearing in mind my lack of qualifications, can I find a job that pays a living wage?
3) What considerations other than rent and a job should I be thinking of?
4) Should there be other cities I should consider instead?
The plan is very much in the early, planning stages, so please feel free to give me general advice as well!