Greetings all on these amazing forums! I am at a crossroads in my life and have been seeking out advice from many sources. I have researched the subject matter myself, asked friends, and Family members for advice. Now, I have decide to throw up the situation on this forum to see if others can weigh in that may have been through something similar or has known someone who’s been down this road.
I live in Louisiana and work within a fairly large IT Department that mainly focuses on providing IT Solutions to Healthcare. I have been at this one organization going on 5 years and have had different job positions/departments during this time. I would still think I’m close to the bottom of the totem pole within this organization but I’ve gained some solid skills while working for this company (Nunchaku skills, Bow Hunting Skills, Computer hacking skills…). For reals though, I’ve worked in their Call Center, Provisioning Access Team, Local Computer Support for remote clinic sites, Physician Support (Call Center), and now I’m been in a Quality Assurance position for the past 6 months. I’m at the point where other places I can get within the company…just don’t interest me enough to go in that direction (would need to specialize like Server admin, Network Admin, Programming, etc).
My closest friend moved with her family to Washington State after she spent many months not able to find a decent job in Louisiana. She has since got employed in Seattle, WA and has her own place. I’ve gone up to visit it twice and fell in love with everything that is Seattle, WA. Every place has its own characters but having lived all my life in Louisiana…Washington State is just breath taking. Since my visits, coming back home to Louisiana…is just miserable lol. I now compare everything to Washington in one way or another.
My close friend has offered for me to stay with her until I get on my feet; she doesn’t make a huge income but I have a sizeable savings that could support me for about 1 year. I then started applying for jobs in Seattle, WA while still living in Louisiana…no dice. I’ve applied to countless jobs but never got a single call or e-mail response back…besides the “Sorry this position has been filled”, so I delayed attempting to move. My best friend is still encouraging me to just say screw it and move up to Washington. I have my savings I could lean on while I look for a job in Seattle, WA and hope for the best.
So, just to recap…I’m a 29 year old with 7 years IT background (2 x Related IT Associate Degrees) considering leaving my stable job to move to up Seattle, WA…I will be jobless with my savings and a friend who’s will to put me up…does this sound like a stupid idea? I understand it's a risk but I feel at this point if I don't do something like this now...I may never get a better opportunity to.
Thanks for any advice!