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emccue00:01:06

I am a few months out from graduating college with a bit over a year of work experience. I have offers for some places in California, but the thought of living there isn't very pleasant.

seancorfield01:01:19

@U3JH98J4R Is the cost of living the main concern about CA, or something else?

emccue01:01:32

Thats one concern, but there's also family reasons

seancorfield03:01:43

@U3JH98J4R I hear ya. My closest family is 5,500 miles away (England) and my wife's is 800 miles away (Phoenix/Tucson). Property (mortgage/rent) is crazy expensive here (Bay Area) but there is a huge amount of software work here. I'm lucky to work from home so I don't have to deal with the awful commutes so I could move somewhere cheaper but my wife likes the access to three international airports (for her job as a cat show judge -- yes, really) and I'll be honest: I like the diversity here and the huge variety of cuisine and the culture 🙂

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emccue03:01:09

I stayed roundabouts Mountain View for 6 months and San Diego for 6 months and I really didn't like the whole experience

emccue03:01:04

Even when housing and stuff is covered, I really don't like the tech crowd all that much and the whole area ended up being pretty isolating.

emccue03:01:09

I also don't think I would feel very "secure", if that makes sense. Like "oh cool nice relatively high paying job", but if I lose that job I'm homeless in a month because housing is priced for people with said jobs.

emccue03:01:28

(at least in the pile of insecurities and fears that is my brain)

seancorfield03:01:43

True. CA is an "at will" state and I've been at companies that let every engineer go with just one day's notice. And I totally get your feelings about the Silicon Valley "bro" culture -- I hate it too. I live in the East Bay and love it -- close enough to SF etc for easy access to culture etc; far enough to avoid the craziness 🙂

the2bears05:01:55

We just moved to the East Bay last year, an option what with my son finishing HS. We absolutely love where we ended up. And, we can actually afford a house!

the2bears05:01:47

Helps that the kid went to college in Canada 🙂

seancorfield05:01:35

@U0QNQ3P3L Yeah, when we went house-hunting back in 2001, there were only a few places in the Bay where we could afford to buy.

seancorfield05:01:50

We ended up in Castro Valley. Where are you?

the2bears05:01:14

@U04V70XH6 we're in San Leandro. Close to the freeway but because it's raised we don't feel close to it. Close to a commuter bus for work. Can't complain :)

seancorfield05:01:06

Just up the road. Close enough to chat about Clojure over a beer sometime if you feel like it 🙃

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seancorfield05:01:57

My commute is to turn right out of the bedroom 😁

the2bears06:01:33

Clojure and a beer would be great! I've thought of working remotely and heading into "the office" on the main floor. Maybe some day.

emccue00:01:25

Right now I am in the Boston area, so I am trying to hunt for opportunities around there or remote

emccue00:01:54

Wondering if anyone has any advice and/or leads

bherrmann01:01:26

make sure your linkedIn profile is updated and reflects your clojure skils

bherrmann01:01:49

I've had multiple interviews where we worked on the 4clojure .com problems during the interview - so be comfortable with those problems and working through them at the REPL/emacs

bherrmann01:01:44

Look at https://www.reifyhealth.com/careers/ - they are a clojure shop in Boston (the biggest?) They have open engineering positions posted...

bherrmann02:01:22

You should drop by the next clojure meetup https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Clojure-Group/ and let hat group know you are looking

emccue02:01:15

Thats all very helpful, thank you!

nycmatrix17:01:53

@U3JH98J4R we are base in NYC, looking to hire clojure engineers. DM me if interested. https://angel.co/company/phonewagon/jobs/353596-software-engineer