The New York Post reports that one-third of Millennials with college degrees are making peanuts. In fact, their wages are significantly lower than what their youthful counterparts earned back in 2004. Think an average of $23,500 versus $27,700.
Although the New York Metro area had been home to me, I knew I wasn't ready for that scene after completing my education. Like many graduates, at first I made a lot of wrong moves. I took this job. And that job. Then, I got strategic.
Pittsburgh, I recognized, was where I could operate from a position of strength. I already had a social circle there. More Midwest than East Coast, the city didn't intimidate me. And the cost of living was low. Turned out that I was on the money.
Within four years I had a plum job in executive communications at Chevron. How I landed it was reading "What Color Is Your Parachute?" The advice was to contact employers and ask for a 15-minute informational interview. That I did.
From that platform I then applied for and got great jobs in Washington D.C., then, yes. the New York Metro area. Finally, I was ready for that unforgiving professional setting.
The lion's share of my career played out around the Big Apple. Then two years ago, I made another strategic decision. That was to relocate where there was less age bias and a more affordable cost of living. Just as with Pittsburgh, settling down in Tucson, Arizona has been smart, for this phase of my career.
Takeaway: Place is everything in navigating professional life.