Contemplating move to STJ...
I am a young professional currently working for a global financial services company in the northeast US. I am traveling down to STJ this Thursday for about a week and contemplating a new chapter in my life with a possible move to STJ. I was just looking for some advice on where to search for both jobs and apartments, I plan to check out Connections on my way into town. I will be staying at the Inn @ Tamarind the first few nights if not the entire time. I plan to use this trip as a scouting effort for my next trip down, which hopefully will be to stay. Does anyone have any information or direction to point me in?
Also, any business owners/managers around between 9/16-9/22 that would be willing to meet up with a motivated young professional who has seen the corporate world and realized a 9-5 desk job is not quite for him? Please let me know...
Thank you in advance to anyone who has any helpful hints at all.
You might want to research the EDC program and companies involved in global services. Most of these are on St Thomas or St Croix. Fintrac (sp?), Glacial Energy and one that is involved with cancer treatment centers come to mind.
St. John is essentially a small town. September is a pretty good time to get a feel for how small, when many of the restaurants and other businesses shut down for a month or two.
Unless you have other resources available to you, you're unlikely to find a professional job on STJ that will pay you well enough to live there. It's also tough, although not impossible, to land a job while visiting for a week -- you will have better luck if you actually commit to making the move, when people see you're at least somewhat serious about making a go of it.
Just remember you are not the first person to have this idea, and over the years, residents have seen a lot more cases where it didn't work out than cases where it did. People come and go all the time around here.
It can be fun to explore the island by apartment-hunting -- you will get a sense of all different kinds of lifestyles and neighborhoods. There is no one "best" place to live; everywhere has its advantages and disadvantages.
Good luck to you!
Thank you for your help... I am trying to get back into the hospitality industry as that is something I worked in before the cubicle lifestyle, and enjoyed it!