You all are probably asking why in the heck I am asking/polling the W for advice. Considering CRZ only announces when he's moving and when he's changed job, at least from what I've noticed, I thought it might be different if I asked the opinion of the trusted W's.
I just finished college with a two year Printing Technology degree.
Originally posted by odessastepsEspecially if it's a "foot in the door" job.
Bingo. Especially if the benefits are good, and an adequate standard of living can be met on the salary. Don't forget to do that calculation after taxes so you know what net income your are brining home.
What kind of job is it? Based on your degree I would assume it's something in the pressroom? I've been at newspapers for all my full-time career, though all of it was in the newsroom.
You would think Charleston would pay a little better than $300/wk, regardless the job. It's the only newspaper anyone outside of West Virginia would have heard of. But then it could be a side effect of the state and the piss economy within. I had a job offer from Wheeling as a sports writer a few years ago -- great environment, cute town, paid $15,000/yr and while COL is pretty low, I couldn't see making it on that kind of coin unless I made up for it at the dog track/slot casino on Wheeling Island.
If you think you can make it on 300/wk, it might be worth it because you're probably not going to find a better place to learn the trade than there, and you'd have to go a ways just to get to another state paper of any consequence (Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown).
As someone who has lived, does currently live, and has grown up in the same tri-state area as you my advice is to uproot and move away. The cost of living around here is very low, but really I would rather pay more to have something to do. But despite the lackluster education system it is a safe place to raise kids. But, unless you plan on going into the medical field (where I am now heading now since my IT job went the way of outsourcing) where you can parlay $18/hour into a very comfortable living go to a bigger city. If you don't want to go far from home Cincinnati is a short trip from Charleston. Or go north and head to Cleveland. But I do see you live in Nitro so at least you are close enough to Charleston to catch an Alleycats (though didn't they change their name recently?)game at that new stadium they are building- so you do have that going for you.
Anyway- good luck to you.
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Well, if I want to live at home forever yeah it's a great job but yes it is a foot in the door job. I really don't want to leave WV but it is one of the poorest states in the USA. I think it's 5th from the top. Cost of living is insane here...so, thanks for the positivity.
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FYI...Gannett (the Borg what own USA Today) have owned the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the town's oldest paper, for years now. They bought out the "little paper that could" competition, the Green Bay News-Chronicle a year or two ago.