College graduate thinking of moving to the islands..
This is my first post on this website. I am going to be a college graduate here in another month and want to get out of the Midwest. I have been to the islands once and absolutely loved it. I have read a lot of reviews on moving to the islands and really want to give it a shot. I have a degree in business, and a certificate in entrepreneurship's. Can anyone tell me realistically do I have a shot in hell making it if I were to move there? I feel like it is going to be very hard to find a job if I were to move there, especially with today's economy. Any tips/feedback would be really appreciated!
"I feel like it is going to be very hard to find a job if I were to move there, especially with today's economy. Any tips/feedback would be really appreciated!"
Move to a large city in the states, live frugally & save money then in 10 years make the move. It's not a good economy in today's market place to make a living fresh out of college.
If you can come down with a few thousand dollars for rent, etc. and have a good work ethic, do not get trapped by the bar party atmosphere, and are willing to really network your way into a job, [or 2, ] and don't have debt you must pay back in the states, it may be a workable idea. Get a round trip ticket, pack light, have an open and patient mind, and live up to your word and commitments when you give them - it is a small island so an honest and hard working attitude can get you farther than you think. Continue your research on the above parts of this site - it has excellent info.
ceaston, et al.,
There is another way.
For my last meal during my PMV, I wanted an authentic seafood meal, so I went to Hook Line and Sinker Restaurant in Frenchtown.
I took a seat and after a while got a menu. All they had was burgers! I walked out.
I saw an ad for seafood at - don't laugh! - Hooters, just up the road. I went there and had a good fried shrimp dinner.
The point: My waitperson was a young college grad from Wisconsin. Hooter's had recruited a group, paid their transportation, and provided accommodations while they worked in St Thomas.
You might look into it: http://www.hooters.com/careers.aspx
Absolutely, it was Hook, Line, and Sinker - and it was all burgers. Sunday, 15 February. Mid-afternoon. No almond crusted yellow tail snapper. That's what I wanted. Only burgers. Check it out some Sunday afternoon. Maybe they changed. The waitperson apologized.
And Hooters fried shrimp was more like the seafood I was looking for than burgers, which, unless they are truly spectacular, I can get even in post-Soviet space.
Point is, college grad thinking of moving to USVI might do well to check the possibilities. The Wisconsin waitperson said she was glad to have the opportunity.
BTW, ceaston, I was a college professor in Iowa and Minnesota. February is reason enough to leave that icebox for VI!
Anyone can make it here. You need to have a good stash of cash to see you though till you find a job. I would suggest 5k. Bring your patiecence and determination and you'll be fine. Also a open mind, this is a different culture then most are used to. As a statesider you will be a minority and need to adapt to the your new home. Best of Luck.
Just do it...when you are young is the time to take chances and explore, get a few buddies together and rent a place for a few months and see what you think...Tons of young people come here and do fine as long as they are willing to work hard. I meet people every single day who made it here, starting out waiting tables or working in the tourist shops until they found work they really wanted. Good luck!!