A year ago an attendee, Z, in the audience
of a couple workshops asked if she could
continue career consulting to help her
find a position in SF Bay area. We spoke
weekly and emailed resumes, research
summaries and cover letters. Our
interaction lessened with time.
The article by Emily Meehan brings up
the uphill plight Z faced. Z is a multi-
lingual person with synthetic and
in silico experience developing quite
sophisticated understanding of molecules.
Her mentors were (European and more
traditional) organic chemists had not
prepared her for the American
employment scene. She was baffled.
Ms. Meehan’s article describes the
unexpected restrictions one faces in living
and working in an appealing chic urban
setting. The SF employment picture leaves
little for “new grad [scientists] with suitcases
in tow and few connections…”
“Almost every job sector… as hardly grown…”
Cost of living is not easily balanced with
What struck me more were the comments
to Ms. Meehan’s article indicating people
finding other measures to deal with the
desire to live in SF. Many decided it is
a nice place to visit, but could not afford
to live there.
Never learned if Z landed a position in a
small company or university. She is not
alone in that challenging job search in SF,
and several other areas in the country.
It seems best to find a job then move there,
rather than move there and try to find a job.
This is part of the “trailing spouse’s” problem.