Moving to Portland for my wife's career, what do I do about my career?
March 24, 2014 9:58 AM Subscribe
My SO is graduating medical school in May and just go matched at OHSU in Portland. We'll be moving in June. I'm looking for general advice about uprooting my career and life to go along. More details inside...
Here are my specifics. I've been with my current company for 8 years and helped build it from a 20 man operation to a 200 person company, the company manufactures and sells metal cutting machinery. I manage the engineering department and supervise design and manufacturing of new products. I love my job and career but there is no possibility of staying with my current company, I've already talked to them and I'll be leaving on good terms. We currently live in a 300k population town where most things are close, we have been in the community for quite a while and love our lifestyle.
We are moving to Portland in June and need to live at most 30 minutes away from OHSU. What neighborhoods should I be looking to rent a home in? I've looked on a few rental sites and it seems my options are limited with a largish (45-50 lbs.) dog who needs a decent sized yard. I'm also open to buying a place but as my SO ramps up their career our house buying options this year versus three years from now are significantly different so renting may be our best option. What is the Portland housing market looking like these days, is buying worthwhile knowing that the house would be sold/rented in a few years?
Career-wise I'd like to stay in my current line of work. There seem to be a lot of engineering manager / project manager type jobs but most are in a computer science or software field of which I am less experienced managing. From a manufacturing or mechanical engineering perspective how is Portland?
Sorry if this rambles a bit, I'm a bit anxious about the change and want to make sure I know what I'm moving into. Any general advice would be appreciated too.
Housing: Rent or Buy? Neighborhoods to seek or avoid?
Jobs: How's the mechanical engineering market? Other options to consider?
Any other advice about moving from a medium size town to Portland?