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1. Posted by cmazzo (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Currently live in Indiana, 26 years old, work in Finance Industry. I really would like to make a big move, but not sure if its feasible. Anyone have any advice..Thanks!

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

Plan a trip first to make sure you like it. Try to arrange interviews while there before you leave. Book just to Oahu, since the job market there is about 5 times all the other islands combined. Look for firms that might have multiple offices where you could meet with people at their Chicago or Indianapolis branches for a preliminary (screening) interview prior to going to Hawaii for your real interview. Examples of firms like this might be accounting or consulting firms.

While you are in Hawaii, check out the housing market and make sure you can afford to live there on what you expect to make (housing is expensive compared to Indiana).

Good luck.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

Oh, and go to a sites like vault or collegeconfidential to find out about the kind of financial firms likely to hire you in Hawaii--and to get a list of the names of some of these companies so you can contact them prior to your trip.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Carmen,
I think 'calcruzer' offered excellent advice. I spent my first year of college in Honolulu and was stunned by the prices compared to Vegas. We had an article in our paper about how many Hawaiians are now living Las Vegas. Why so many Hawaiians in Vegas? They could not make a living in Hawaii. Very high prices for everything and mediocre wages. You get sqeezed every month. That and Hawaiians love to gamble and hit our buffets!

I understand why you would want to relocate: beach and warm weather all year versus shoveling snow in the winter. But, it is a difficult assignment. As Gary said, get over there as a visitor and look at housing, food, transport costs, etc. Then find out what your profession pays and if there is an opening in your field. Do the math and see if you can afford to live there. Good luck.