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Mulling relocation

December 14, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

In society today, the shape of our economy is a major focus. One main question stands out in my mind during recent times: Should one move for a job?

Two options appear before every person in their desperate search for an answer to this question - is it wiser to choose location and quality of life or a job in an unfamiliar city with exceptional pay?

North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the United States and many students are deciding to skip college and get a job instead. It's great that people are going out to North Dakota to make money and gain experience, but it seems irrational that unqualified workers make more than college graduates or those with highly qualified degrees.

Young adults spend vast sums of money - sometimes their entire life savings - to go to college and are not guaranteed a job upon graduation. These are the hard working citizens who have college expenses and debt to pay off and many times are left unemployed.

In contrast, others skip college, go to the oil fields of Williston or Dickinson, and are then basically guaranteed a job, often with higher pay.

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As a graduating high school senior, the idea of highly qualified college graduates buried in debt and struggling to find steady work discourages me. It seems the only way these people can make it out in the real world is to pack up and move to a thriving city. What happened to doing what you love and living where you want? That scenario doesn't exist anymore. No longer can people hope to find dream jobs in the settings they prefer.

The truth of the matter is that moving for work is becoming a dominant decision. When it comes down to it, you gotta do what you gotta do to survive.





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