Relocate...Why Not??

Written on 3:58 PM by Xavier Career Development

Looking for a job or internship in a city besides Cincinnati may seem like it would be a very complicated process.  Many students and alumni may feel like they don’t know where to begin that search.  But if you haven’t learned by now, the Career Development Office at Xavier is here to help you! 

Xavier University has a reciprocity agreement with all the other Jesuit universities in the country.  This agreement means that any student or alum can utilize various services provided by these career service offices at any of the schools that hold this reciprocity agreement.  You can locate a Jesuit university in the city of your choice and possibly go visit their career services office for help finding job connections in that particular city.  This agreement sometimes allows for you to attend job fairs that the university holds as well as possible access to their online job database.  These are just a couple examples of the many advantages that the reciprocity agreement can offer. 

Another way to go about relocating is to do what I did.  I have lived in Cincinnati for most of my life so I knew I wanted to expand my horizons and look for positions outside of Cincinnati.  I had about five cities that I knew I would love to live in but they were scattered all over the map.  Therefore, in my job search process, I made sure to look at companies that were either national companies or companies that have locations in cities besides Cincinnati.  I visited company websites to research their location options.  Then, at the Fall Career Fair I made it a point to ask organizations if relocation was an option as well as which city locations had job openings. Location was an aspect of the job that was very important to me so if relocation was not possible, then I was able to rule out that company. 

My advice would be to think of about five ideal cities that you would like to live in.  If you are not sure about specific cities, then maybe just pick a region that you think you would enjoy.  Then, I would look for Jesuit schools in that area.  It would be extremely helpful to visit the Career Development Office for help in this department or for more details on how the reciprocity agreement works. 

While it may seem scary to move out of your comfort zone, there are plenty of people and resources out there to help you.  Set yourself up for success by utilizing all of these tremendous resources!

Up Up and Away Muskies,
Bridget Tully
Career Development Intern 

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