Finding the right job can be challenging. Many factors come with applying for a new position. These include salary, commute time, benefits and overall work environment. One factor, however, often stands out above the rest: geographical location.
For many students, location may have a dramatic impact on job satisfaction. For example, if you want to pursue a career in New York but dislike cold weather, the Big Apple may not be for you after all. There are many aspects to consider when looking for the right location, including climate, whether the population is youthful or aging, cost of living, and the kind of after-work activities that are available. It is especially important to find a location you’ll enjoy for your first job out of college, since this is often the place where you’ll continue to live well after that first job.
We interviewed some local university students to see what their most desired geographical locations were. From the Bay Area and beyond, the answers reflected these future college graduates’ hopes and dreams, and provide insight into where young people want to begin a career once their school days have concluded:
From the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California or out of state, the desired geographical locations of future college graduates are vast and diverse. The reasons for hoping to work in these places vary from the weather to cost of living to family proximity. Clearly, location is a major consideration when searching for your first job out of college. Make sure you do not underestimate just how much of an impact the right location can have on enjoying — and succeeding in — your first job after graduating.