I didn’t know where else to put this, so if it’s inappropriate Mods, then so be it.
It all boils down to What should I do??? Here’s the dilemma:
My family (who I miss) is in Cleveland.
My friends and girlfriend (who I really miss) are in Columbus.
And my job and I, are in Louisville.
I’m a 23 y.o. college grad. I moved from Columbus to Louisville in March to take a PR job I thought I’d love. Well, now I hate the job and do not make enough money to validate being away from my girlfriend and friends. Sadly, I’ve been unable (and slightly unwilling) to “set up shop” in Louisville. I miss Columbus too much.
Unfortunately, it would take me just under forever to save up enough to move to Columbus and do my job searching from there.
Now, I’m more than willing to quit the job, but the prospects of finding full-time employment in Columbus is daunting when working a full-time job in Louisville, which is a solid 3+ hour drive from Columbus; not to mention I only have 2 personal days to interview with.
So here are the options I can see:
I can forget about my girlfriend and friends in Columbus and “set up shop” in Louisville, doing a job I hate. (painful)
I can quit the job, move to Columbus, patch together part time jobs and live like a pauper, but get to be with my girlfriend and friends. (painful… this is why I left in the first place!)
I can quit the job, and move back home to Cleveland. Then, look for a job from Cleveland in Columbus (2 hr. drive). (Better, but submitting to defeat and moving home may destroy my morale, pride, and financial situation)
Or, continue to look for a job in Columbus from Louisville while working a job I hate, cut off from my friends, girlfriend and family. (This has been what I’m doing but it is VERY hard to find a job in a town 3+ hours away, while working 40+ hours/wk, and I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels sometimes…)
Not to mention there are many struggles going on in my head such as:
The benefit of having a job in Louisville while looking for a job in Columbus vs. being unemployed in Columbus, but able to search more freely, or
The faultering of the economy and job market vs. my willingness to change career paths
Alright, that’s the nuts and bolts of it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I hardly ever put my neck out like this, but I know there are many dopers out there who have the wisdom to help me reason through this.
I’m not looking for sympathy as much as a fresh perspective, and “take it from me” advice. Thanks beforehand for the insight.