Moving to CA/new grad

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    Hi everyone. So I'm really interested in moving to CA and plan on applying to new grad programs out there (I'm from NY). I'm well aware these programs are extremely competitive BUT on the hopeful chance I do land a spot in one, the big move is a little scary. Ideally, I'd like to be in SF. So I was wondering if anyone can tell me about making a big move like that to CA and I was wondering if you get close with the other people in your new grad cohort. I have no friends out there so I'm worried about making a huge transition. Any information about either a big move/new grad program friends/Etc would be greatly appreciated
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    Hey I'm in NY as well and a new grad. Always been interested in moving to Cali...why are you moving there?
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    Please search my posts about Los Angeles!!!!
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    good luck! been looking for a new grad program here in CA for 4 months already and still counting... lol!
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    @sherlucky, no specific reason really, I just want a change from NYC cause I've been here most of my life and I really like SF
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    It's a very competitive environment for New Grads here in CA. My suggestion is to find a new grad program in NY and get your experience before moving here. The transition is better/easier that way.

    UCLA, who hired 98 new grads last year, won't be opening their applications for the summer new grad. USC will have one but will be in the winter. Most of the new grad RN programs already hired their new grads for the year (most of them are summer programs). Also, since there's an abundance of new grand in here, barely getting a New Grad RN job doesn't always equate to being offered the full time position.
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    Definitely secure a job before moving, it is incredibly difficult finding a new grad job! Read the unemployed new grad RN thread...I graduated Dec. 2012, applied to over 100 positions everywhere in CA, I have a BSN, high GPA, honors, certifications, etc. and still no job. CA is the hardest state for new grads to find that first job... and I hate to say it but the SF/ bay area is possibly the hardest area to find a job. As for the transition, I am sure you would be warmly welcomed and become close with any new grad cohort, it's a bonding experience! Just make sure you think it through and research, otherwise good luck!
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    From what I've been reading, CA especially SF and SD are especially hard for new grads to find a job. I also really want to move to CA this summer, but I am being realistic. So I am applying for jobs in many other states and my current city just for better chances. Good luck!
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    Thanks for all the responses! I know it's extremely competitive in CA, especially SF. I actually already have a job lined up in NYC that I plan on taking if I don't get a new grad spot somewhere else. Since I already know it's tough out there, I was more concerned about the social aspect of moving across the country, knowing nobody and if people from previous new grad programs had any input. But I guess that's crossing the bridge too early considering the likelihood of me getting a position are slim to none haha
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    I would say to take the job you have lined up in NY. I currently live in SF and the only job I have been able to land is a school nurse job... and I am not a lazy job searcher. But I don't want to squash your dreams. If it is your absolute dream to be here, then try your best, you never know! Besides that, I think the move over here would be difficult. Rent has sky rocketed thanks to the tech companies based around here, and it is incredibly competitive to actually get a place to live. If there is an open house for rent, the line is out the door and people have their application ready, checks written out, background checks in hand, and are willing to offer the landlord more money for rent. The cheapest I have found are small studio apatrments (in not so great neighborhoods) for 1700. I reccommend that you should learn the different neighborhoods before making a decision, and actually visiting them to get the feel. You can move in with a roommate for cheaper rent (some places are stuck in rent control, like my place is), but it is hard to know someone without actually meeting them. Your call on that one.

    As for social aspects, it is easy to make friends in SF. There are so many things to do in this city that if you are feeling lonely, just find some event to go to and BAM you can make friends. Heck, I can walk my dog to the park and make friends with fellow dog owners. There are different kickball leagues and other silly (or serious) sports you can join in on and have fun. My roommate has gone on some outdoor foraging adventures to make new friends. I love SF, it is a wonderful and crazy city, but I honestly think you should wait it out a year and get your experience before making your move.

    Let me know if you have any questions!


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