"Professional" job market/environment: what is it like? Opportunities?
I'm (un)fortunately a lifelong Michigander who is one year out of college this month, and toying with the idea of moving to the USVI. I know from previous visits to the USVI that the primary job sector is (obviously) in the tourism industry. However, I'm curious as to what opportunities there are for professional skill-based jobs? Is the outlook hopeful or grim for a continental like myself to move down?
My primary skill is graphic design, with secondary experience in advertising, marketing, and public relations.
Also, my boyfriend is a banker... is USVI banking much different than continental?
There are possibilities but in order to pursue them you really need to be on island as employers rarely respond to enquiries from prospective employees who are off island. (There are some exceptions in fields such as education and medicine). The majority of those who look into moving here never come and there is a big attrition rate amongst those who do make the move. Business owners are understandably leery!
Banks here are basically no better or worse than similar institutions on the mainland. I'm guessing your previous visits have been as a vacationer so you should consider a serious PMV (pre-move visit) to get a better understanding of what living here is all about and also explore your job options. Also, if you haven't already done so, read everything in the drop-down menus top of this page which are an invaluable source of information. Good luck!
Thank you for the response! I have researched a few design firms based in USVI, but your tip about moving there first makes sense. I am expecting to move down and have to work some waitressing or hospitality job before a firm would give my resumé a proper look.
Thank you again 🙂
Banks here are similar to things there in most ways and are usually looking for executive level positions - very service centric, but certainly there is less of a sense of any urgency - island time - and your background may result in an entry level position on the Main Street retail market - it is not inexpensive to move and live here so continue with your research and ask away.
I saw a job opening for a Graphic Designer for the public television station in The Avis last week.
Which island do you prefer? More opportunities on St Thomas, though banking in VI and other parts of Caribbean use some US banks and Bank of Nova Scotia which is not a US bank and has, I think, different rules from US.worldwide. "Banking" is also a big field so what banking department?
I see so many bad graphic designs on St Thomas. Tshirt, posters, and signs seem to be in big demand, but there is only one designer that I really like but don't know who they are. Have seen their posters on St John.
Vehicle graphics are huge now and the magnetic signs.
Best to send your portfolio to the list you have.