When I graduated in May, I made a decision. I made a decision to relocate to New York City. I’ve found this is not a decision to go into lightly, and to be honest, I’ve be doing more prep work than anything else.
Some readers will think I’m crazy. Others will have questions. Am I going into this with my eyes open? Yes.
I too, have had some fanciful notions, a not uncommon occurrence with those who want to move to New York. The bright lights, the people. Yes, the urge to go eastward beckons, but my Not to long ago, I found myself musing about a brownstone in Harlem. A very expensive prospect indeed, but one I think is possible.
So far, I have been applying to jobs with eye toward relocation, and then focusing on journalism jobs once relocated. I’ve decided to mix this up. I’m now applying to jobs that pertain to what I want to to do, in particular 24-hour news. To give you an idea of where I’m applying are Patch.com (where I freelance here in St. Louis…I speak more about this in a later blog), News 12 Networks (in particular Bronx and Queens), NY1, and FiOS1. I’m applying to jobs in print journalism as well.
To be honest, I’m in the stage of my career where I’m working on transitioning my resume from a college-media based one to a professional one. I suppose it could be rightly called a pro-sumer resume.
One of the things I’ve been keeping an eye on is the rental market in New York. I’ll confess to getting a surprise on rent. The average rent in NYC for a 1 bedroom or studio could easily garner you a reasonably sized house, so I’ve modified my approach on this as well. I’m looking chiefly at sublet rentals. I don’t take up much space, plus I’ll be helping a new arrival like myself.
I haven’t gotten in touch with the alumni office in NYC yet, but will soon. Even though I feel confident on my ability to familiarize myself with my surroundings quite quickly (I pride myself on an almost encyclopedic knowledge of St. Louis), I’ll need about a month or more to familiarize myself with a city that is smaller than St. Louis County, but has nearly 12 times as many people as the City of St. Louis.
Worry not. I like a challenge. There will be more blog entries like these (some with video) over the next few months, as I try to navigate the process. You can also follow my progress through MySomeday.com