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post Mar 4 2008, 02:24 AM
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Thanks for the awesome advice man. Where is best to look for Systems Engineering jobs in USA. I don't know anything about the States so have no idea which area is best for Engineers and to live in. I always fancied living in Connecticut.


Well Connecticut is really cool, and has the whole New England thing going for it - New Englnd is an enclave of a few states (Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusets), that are the most like "The old country" - really old school USA, and I love the life here, but if you are moving purely for work reaosns, there is no contest, you have to be in the Bay Area - just south of San Fransisco, Silion Valley, so called. Its an absolute gold mine of IT companies - the whos who of the internet, more IT companies per square foot than anywhere else in the world. My company is based there, I work remotely in Connecticut. I get over to San Fransisco several times a year and it is a cool area - Caifornia man smile.gif


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post Mar 4 2008, 09:56 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Mar 4 2008, 01:24 AM) *
Well Connecticut is really cool, and has the whole New England thing going for it - New Englnd is an enclave of a few states (Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusets), that are the most like "The old country" - really old school USA, and I love the life here, but if you are moving purely for work reaosns, there is no contest, you have to be in the Bay Area - just south of San Fransisco, Silion Valley, so called. Its an absolute gold mine of IT companies - the whos who of the internet, more IT companies per square foot than anywhere else in the world. My company is based there, I work remotely in Connecticut. I get over to San Fransisco several times a year and it is a cool area - Caifornia man smile.gif

I know I'm asking a lot but you have achieved this already. Have you got maybe a 5 or 10 step plan of steps I need to take to get from now with no idea how to go about it to actually doing it. What are the important milestones I need to reach?

I really want to live in Connecticut but I feel living on the East Coast would be more appropiate or Texas and get a job for Lockheed Martin or something. I've worked at BAE Systems for the last 6 years.


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I think I'd like to live in Greenwich, Connecticut or Bridgeport, Connecticut. I'm guessing there are no big engineering companies round these parts though? Are they decent areas or not also?


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post Mar 4 2008, 02:35 PM
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There are starting to be more and more in the south. The 85 and 75 corridors are starting to really boom. Plus, the south's weather pwns the New England area tongue.gif. Florida might not be a bad area, as there is no state income tax, but there isn't one in Tennessee either. Cisco, Siemens, GE, and a number of other major companies (not necessarily IT related but certainly have their share of the IT jobs) are headquartered out of the South East.

Andrew is right though, Silicon Valley has the most tech jobs than anywhere, however the cost of living in the bay area is outrageously high.

Being a native southerner, I don't know how anyone could willingly subject themselves to a climate with winters as harsh as the NE. I recognize I'm being naive, but I'm spoiled from having lived in ultra temperate Atlanta my whole life. I don't think i could move much further North without being miserable.

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