There may be hope for the students whose dreams of living in a costly city have been stifled by the country’s dwindling economy.
Doris Doyle Corbett, director of corporate relations and alumni affairs for the school of business and industry, said students should not let the recession get in the way of accepting good job offers.
“Never even think about going to the cheapest place,” Corbett said.
She said although the cost of living in certain areas may prove to be a struggle for graduating students moving into a new place, people cannot be too picky.
Jeff Garis, director of the Florida State University career center, said students should focus more on their job satisfaction.
“Finding the best position that would be most interesting and satisfying is more important than geographic location,” Garis said. “Being really excited about your job is really important regardless of location.”
Eboni Thompson, 23, a graduating elementary education student from Silver Spring, Md., admits that the economy is frightening for recent graduates. For this reason, she has decided to live with her parents.
“I had already decided to live at home because it would be more cost effective.
Corbett said it’s important for students to take advantage of networking opportunities, much like Thompson.
“In virtually every city you have Rattlers who can assist folks in relocation and getting settled in a new location,” she said. ” That’s the beauty of the Rattler network. We link them with alumni and corporate partners.”
Corbett said, “If the job is really attractive and you succeed, you will be promoted and eventually get a salary to match your cost of living.”