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WORKING IN NYC? ♥ in 32 kids; Matosinhos, Portugal 1495 posts
Dec 14th '12

Hi


I'm on my last year of high school and next year I'm going to university. I live in Portugal and I'll be attending, probably, the best university in the country to study Communication Sciences/Journalism. I'll then be having an erasmus course probably in Columbia, NY or London university.



My dream is moving to NYC in the future, in about 7 years, and be: photographer, photo journalist, writer, photo journalist, documentarist, reporter, etc. Yes, I will be able to do everything because my courses will have all that.



I want you all to be honest with me (it's not going to affect me, because I'll try anyway). So.. How do you think it's in NYC for these kind of jobs? Obviously it's difficult everywhere right now, in the world's current situation.. BUT what's your opinion?



If not, what are other areas nearby that have better chances? I do not worry doing other things (being a bartender, or whatever.. As long as I'm being paid). I just love the city too much, and would love to give it a shot. If not there, I'd be moving to somewhere else in the states, where things are easier.



NEED help and helpful advice, please! ;)

♥ in 32 kids; Matosinhos, Portugal 1495 posts
Dec 14th '12
Quoting Supafly★:" NYC is a great, easy place to live in........if you don't have kids and you have a lot of money saved ... [snip!] ... you make the move. It's pretty easy to get a job here, but if you're picky about your living situation don't come here lol. "


Oh you do live in NY? that's fabulous. I will be saving a lot (will be working for a year here, and saving everything to take..). I could seriously live anywhere (but bronx, lol) well, I still could try it.. lmao. But as long as I have a bed and a lil kitchnet and bathroom, it's fine with me. I mean.. I can adapt to every little place. I was a scout my whole life. Places to sleep are not the problem :)



the problem is I'll be with a VISA. do they discriminate people there at workplaces because of that? :/

♥ in 32 kids; Matosinhos, Portugal 1495 posts
Dec 14th '12
Quoting Supafly★:" They are very tolerant of immigrants as long as you speak English....but it's best if you become a permanent resident because then you can work legally, get on assistance if you need it, ect. "


I am a straight A student in english and will for sure get some kind of superior degree/course in it, later on. I already have international exams proving my levels. I just pray I'll make it there. Problem is - the US makes it very hard for us to get a VISA.. that's what people say. Unless I marry an american citizen or get a job, right there.. Because if I go 6 months without a job, they'll deport me back to my home country :/

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Dec 14th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting ♥ in

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Dec 14th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Supafly★:</b>" They are very tolerant of immigrants as long as you speak English....but it's best if you become a permanent resident because then you can work legally, get on assistance if you need it, ect. "</blockquote>




Ugh! Immigrants on assistance. Please don't.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Dec 14th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Supafly★:</b>" If she's a permanent resident and NEEDS it to survive while she's busting her ass at work and school to have a career and better life, I don't see a problem. "</blockquote>




IMO, if you come here, being self-sufficient is mandatory. We have enough trouble paying for our own citizens.

♥ in 32 kids; Matosinhos, Portugal 1495 posts
Dec 15th '12
Quoting Supafly★:" I agree with that, but hard times fall on everyone whatever their situation is. If she loses her job, ... [snip!] ... to her country. But jobs are pretty easy to come by here so if she's willing to work, chances are she won't need assistance. "


:!:



thank you. I believe immigrants and citizens of the own country should be treated equaly, as long as they're honest hard-workers.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Dec 15th '12
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The Doctor 2 kids; Boulder, CO, United States 60753 posts
Dec 15th '12
Quoting Supafly★:" I agree with that, but hard times fall on everyone whatever their situation is. If she loses her job, ... [snip!] ... to her country. But jobs are pretty easy to come by here so if she's willing to work, chances are she won't need assistance. "


I sort of agree with that, but I also think it's very important to realize how expensive it is to live in the city (although some of those costs can be ofset if you do not have a vehicle, etc.)



Make sure you look at what typical rents are in NYC, OP, and do research. See if you can find someone to room with, make a few different budgets. I have a few friends who do very well bartending, and a few others who work some very strange jobs to make ends meet. If you don't have a vehicle, rents are cheaper in some parts of Brooklyn, I wouldn't recommend Queens (aside from maybe Astoria area) without a car because there aren't as many subway lines in Queens as in Brooklyn.

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
Dec 15th '12

What type of journalism? NYC is great, but the hard hitting reporters and journalists are in DC. There's nothing better for a communications major than White House press credentials.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Dec 15th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting The Doctor:</b>" I sort of agree with that, but I also think it's very important to realize how expensive it is to live ... [snip!] ... Queens (aside from maybe Astoria area) without a car because there aren't as many subway lines in Queens as in Brooklyn."</blockquote>




And, it's QUEENS! Lol

The Doctor 2 kids; Boulder, CO, United States 60753 posts
Dec 15th '12
Quoting TheNuge:" <blockquote><b>Quoting The Doctor:</b>" I sort of agree with that, but I also think ... [snip!] ... a car because there aren't as many subway lines in Queens as in Brooklyn."</blockquote> And, it's QUEENS! Lol"


Hey now...



I lived in Queens for 2 years. :wink::lol:



Fluuuuuushing (the toilet).

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Dec 15th '12
Quoting The Doctor:" Hey now... I lived in Queens for 2 years. :wink::lol: Fluuuuuushing (the toilet)."


lol.
While there are some nice parts, i cant stand Queens.

The Doctor 2 kids; Boulder, CO, United States 60753 posts
Dec 15th '12
Quoting TheNuge:" lol. While there are some nice parts, i cant stand Queens. "


Hahahaaa.... I just have a soft spot for it. I lived in Bayside and Whitestone, so I was basically on the border of LI.



But...if I never have to drive on the Jackie Robinsons again... I'll be happy.

JnMsMommy** 2 kids; Brooklyn, NY, United States 5741 posts
Dec 15th '12

it is alright i guess. def. need to pick and choose your area wisely.