Listeners Respond: Making a Move to Find Job Opportunities

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

We've been asking our listeners this week about their relationships with their jobs. One thing that's touched a nerve is the question of far young workers are willing to go to find good opportunities. Many younger listeners told us they were open to taking a risk and moving somewhere new, but it just wasn't a decision they could afford to make. However we did also hear from more than a few listeners who did manage to take a leap.

Takeaway listener Michael Bird left his home in Colorado Springs in search of better opportunities in Oklahoma City. Also joining the show from Bridgewater, Massachusetts is Takeaway listener Cody Hullist.

Guests:

Mike Bird and Cody Hullist

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

Julia from Dearborn, MI

I never remember a time when jobs were easy to get. I worked my way through the University of Michigan with several part time jobs at once. In the total of my life, I have worked 32 different jobs positions (I began working at the age of 13 doing bookkeeping). I had three different degrees from University of Michigan and found it that the best job I could get when I got out of university was machining for what was then DaimlerChrysler. My job was sent to Mexico in 1993. It is important to note that the only way that I received a job application for an auto company job was to give gifts to the people at the Michigan Works office. After half a year of 'gift giving', a supervisor took me into her office and opened a book filled with Chrysler applications. On the day I hired in at Chrysler, 28 people were hired, and only two of the 28 had received their applications via the Michigan employment office. I stayed with the Chrysler job for 7 years. After that, employment opportunities were dismal. In 2009, I left Michigan for Ukraine, and worked helping to teach English and with the Russian to English translation of books. I found the day to day living was much better living in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine rather than living in a suburb of Detroit. I lost 70 lbs just by walking to purchase groceries. Since I already had savings, the cost of having a first class life at the cost of $ 400.00 a month! (minus owning a car - which because of the good public transport and infrastructure I didn't miss the car!). When I returned to Michigan, realizing that my paradise was lost, I cried - gone were the trolley cars, marschutkas, electric buses and trains and back was the high cost of gas, car insurance, property taxes and medical care. I hope to return back there again, at the least I could teach English, or open a weight loss clinic for Americans :)! I lost 70 lbs eating normal quantities in only 7 months! In the meantime, I am back in school working to study Russian and French, and going for a Master's in International business.

Mar. 14 2012 08:49 AM

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