April 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm #4666Grace ZieglerParticipant
I think this depends on the person and what they value more. If someone is a home body, they would base their decisions on companies and the job experience alone. But for those who like being out of the house and adventuring, they will take the city into higher account than a company. I agree with the posts above and think that each person has to decide which is more important to them as they begin their career.April 29, 2019 at 3:17 pm #4674AJ LinggParticipant
For me I plan on putting city ahead of job initially, but then prioritizing the job once I have settled into an industry and figured out what exactly I want in a job.April 29, 2019 at 3:19 pm #4676Veronica WhiteParticipant
I agree with all of the above comments. The best case scenario is to be in a place you love, doing something your passionate about, and working for a company that appreciates you. However, the real world is rarely perfect and even if/when you find a job that matches all of these criteria, some of these things may come and go due to company seizures, changing co-workers/bosses, growing as a person, other life changes. Therefore, it is OK to focus on one or some of these objectives in hopes you’ll figure out the rest later.
My personal rule of thumb is first you have to make sure your home life is happy, therefore making sure you have a network of friends, have a good living situation, and being somewhere you like. If your happy in your home life you’ll be able to find ways to make your work-life more on target with what you want (i.e. finding a better job later, finding ways to get more responsibility/experience in your current job, etc).
If your still in the process of looking I would actually recommend to go ahead and focus on the city or two you know you want to live in. If it is a city this shouldn’t limit your possible career paths. Cutting down to the location can really give you a good idea of what companies/jobs are in that area, creates a smaller job pool, which can make you more carefully consider if they are a good fit, and hopefully make you more invested in the jobs your applying for. Being more invested will also help you preform better in interviewing.
Now if your deciding between two job offers where (1) is the “perfect job” but a bad location vs (2) is an ok job in the best location. I would say don’t take (2), and maybe take (1). Don’t take (2) because you can probably find a better job you love in the city you want. As for (1), I would definitely take it if you love the company and the position AND you think there is an opportunity to move around the company to where you want to live in the future. I would also take if if you could see yourself working there for a couple years, people change companies all the time and getting great experience in what you love can help propel your future career, when looking for future opportunities.
Overall, do your best to first find a job you love where you love to be. If you can’t? It’s all about a balance of current and future happiness. Don’t do anything that will make you miserable currently (you most likely won’t preform well in your job), but consider how your decision(s) can make you happier in your next job. Remember you are graduating from a top university and a top industrial engineering degree program. You are a valuable asset and any company would be lucky to have you, so don’t compromise at the expense of your happiness. You will find a good job if you keep looking and don’t be afraid to wait it out a little bit if you can. 🙂May 1, 2019 at 12:34 pm #4743Graham DalsingParticipant
I feel as if company is more important, however, like anything, there is a compromise which must be made. The company you work for is where a large portion of your time will be spent, so it is important to enjoy it. However, it is important to consider things such as closeness to family and rural vs urban settings.May 2, 2019 at 12:55 pm #4793Claire JohnsonParticipant
To me, it is definitely city. I am planning to go back home to Minnesota after this and get a job there since that is where my family is and where I grew up and I have loved living there. I think having a certain company in mind is great, but a lot of the times you can find a job in any city you go to and picking the city is going to make you happier in the long run.May 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm #4847Melissa PeskinParticipant
This is a great question and I think it really depends on the type of person you are. For me personally, the city is more important because I like to be near close friends and family and going to a new city for a job would be kind of difficult. However, many people see it as an opportunity to get out of their comfort zone, meet new people, and create a life in a new city that may be unfamiliar to them.November 18, 2019 at 10:56 pm #6776Julia RomeroParticipant
I would say for internship purposes, the actual company is very important because you are building a foundation, learning essential skills for the workforce. For full-time entry level positions, the job AND the location should definitely be considered with more thought.December 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm #6865Ethan GudmundssonParticipant
I think it’s most important to find a job you really want to do, the location doesn’t matter as much. If you don’t end up liking the job it’s ok, you can work on finding another one and maybe you’ll have built up what you do and do not like in a city/town from your previous experience. From there you can try to find a city you might like more.December 5, 2019 at 1:40 pm #6889Carter EmersonParticipant
It definitely depends on the situation and what you are looking for. I would weigh the pros and cons of both and see where your priorities are focusedDecember 5, 2019 at 4:32 pm #6894Benny BoelterParticipant
I think they are equally important. It is crucial to find a city that fits who you are and the feel you are looking for, but it is also important to enjoy the company you work for. Also, the people in the city you live in are likely similar to the people you will be working with, so they go hand in hand more than anythingDecember 10, 2019 at 12:55 pm #6931Zach BonkParticipant
I think both are very important, but I would personally try to find a job that I love before picking a city. A lot about what is going to draw you to a position is obviously the work you will do, but also the culture and people of the company. I think if you find a company you like a lot with a bunch of similar people to yourself, you will probably enjoy the city as well.December 10, 2019 at 1:10 pm #6938AjayParticipant
I agree with the a lot of the comments above. It really depends on your situation. I think it depends on the job function. For example, if you are traveling a lot for your job the city you are located in might not matter as much. However, if you are stationed in one location than the location is very important.December 10, 2019 at 8:37 pm #6959DeepakParticipant
According to me both go hand in hand, 8 hours of work should be productive & done with dedication so choosing the right company which suits your interest is important but after working its equally important to have some break so living in a city might keep you engaged. But its challenging to find a company which matches your career interest and it should also be in a city. For example, someone who is interested in working at a machinery industry, it will be hard for that person to find a company in a city because majority of Machinery industries will be located outside the city. In the above scenario, it is better to find a job you are excited for and then let the city follow you.December 10, 2019 at 9:04 pm #6966Alexander HallquistParticipant
I firmly believe in City first at any time during your career. Looking for a job fresh out of college in a specific city is a lot easier than being 3-4 years into your career and not wanting to start at the bottom of the ladder again. Another is that business opportunities usually stem from personal connections made in business rather than coming from LinkedIn. The last thing I want to have happened is being stuck in a city because of the company I liked and not having any opportunity around me.December 10, 2019 at 11:00 pm #6998Jackson LaniganParticipant
I honestly think that neither of these factors are make or break in what you’re doing. The company is incredibly important as you advance your career and start to hone in on what you’re passionate about. I think they are virtually unlimited great choices of cities to live in, you really can’t go wrong. I definitely think traveling around is a beneficial experience.
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