POLL: Stay or relocate?

macwinlin

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I have been looking for work for the last few months, here in LA unsuccessfully. I was thinking about moving elsewhere or just staying here.

Here are the places I am considering:

LAS VEGAS:

Pros:
-Can find some sort of work there (hopefully) in casinos or maybe in a non-gaming company doing programming work
-For the time being, can stay at my mom's place, but I can also find cheap places to rent.
-Can possibly go back to school part-time and maybe get another BS or even MS degree in computer science.
Cons:
-I know it has changed dramatically since I left in 1996 (was born and raised there), but I have the feeling that there is less to do there than here in CA.
-Not as many programming jobs (if any)

SAN DIEGO:

Pros:
-More technical work compared to Vegas
-Lots to do and see
-Rent prices are OK
Cons:
-Still lots of competition for any technical work out there
-Even if I look for work outside of programming, will I get any job that will cover rent, food, etc.?

LOS ANGELES:

Pros:
-I live here currently, so I don't have to move
-Lots of jobs (there's bound to be something I can do)
Cons:
-Not many entry-level programming jobs and all the other jobs I cannot make enough to cover rent & other expenses
-Commute (unless I get a position close to where I live/make enough money to move closer to work)
-Not really criticism of LA, but I just want a change in scenery

My feeling is that I would like to get some entry-level programming position. Of course, with conditions as they are right now, I should look for a job that just pays the bills and allows me to do what I want outside of work until those conditions change. I just want to get back to programming whether just learning and trying new things on my own or in the best-case scenario, actually having a programming job.

So far I'm deciding on going back home to Vegas although moving to San Diego is really appealing to me.

What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance for all your comments.
 

Maverick

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LA or San Diego....don't go back to Vegas because you're going to just be limiting yourself in the long run. Get a roommate to afford the rent prices.
 

macwinlin

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Thanks for the responses so far.

So far San Diego is winning out...

I should mention that I don't have a lot in savings, so I can't afford to look for work for a long period of time.
 

macwinlin

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Originally posted by: MadPeriot
Thought of moving to Frisco? I sure am...hate LA.

I thought about that too, since I like their transportation system. And there are plenty of tech companies too.

But from what I heard, hiring is still slow. However, that was a few months ago.
 

macwinlin

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Originally posted by: ggavinmoss
Where in LA are you and what is your skill set?

-geoff

I live in the Alhambra/Monterey Park area.

Most of my experience within the last year has been web development using Microsoft technologies such as ASP/ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server 2000.

In terms of PHP/MySQL, I have virtually no experience.

And nothing in terms of J2EE/JSP.

But I do have some C, C++ and Java programming experience from classwork (more than two years ago however).
 

andylawcc

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Originally posted by: macwinlin
Originally posted by: ggavinmoss
Where in LA are you and what is your skill set?

-geoff

I live in the Alhambra/Monterey Park area.

Most of my experience within the last year has been web development using Microsoft technologies such as ASP/ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server 2000.

In terms of PHP/MySQL, I have virtually no experience.

And nothing in terms of J2EE/JSP.

But I do have some C, C++ and Java programming experience from classwork (more than two years ago however).


no kidding... I used to live in Cal State LA. :)
how much are you paying for rent? is it a huge burden on your budget so far?
 

Ameesh

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Originally posted by: macwinlin
Originally posted by: ggavinmoss
Where in LA are you and what is your skill set?

-geoff

I live in the Alhambra/Monterey Park area.

Most of my experience within the last year has been web development using Microsoft technologies such as ASP/ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server 2000.

In terms of PHP/MySQL, I have virtually no experience.

And nothing in terms of J2EE/JSP.

But I do have some C, C++ and Java programming experience from classwork (more than two years ago however).

well wherever you go you wont have happy family restaurant to goto or all the wicked sweet karoke bars.
 

macwinlin

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Originally posted by: andylawcc
Originally posted by: macwinlin
Originally posted by: ggavinmoss
Where in LA are you and what is your skill set?

-geoff

I live in the Alhambra/Monterey Park area.

Most of my experience within the last year has been web development using Microsoft technologies such as ASP/ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server 2000.

In terms of PHP/MySQL, I have virtually no experience.

And nothing in terms of J2EE/JSP.

But I do have some C, C++ and Java programming experience from classwork (more than two years ago however).


no kidding... I used to live in Cal State LA. :)
how much are you paying for rent? is it a huge burden on your budget so far?

I'm pretty fortunate as I live w/relatives and don't need to pay rent. But I don't want to be a burden on them, and I would like a change in where I live as well.
 

rh71

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If you don't have family there... you have no other reason to stay in LA any longer... why would you ? Go elsewhere.