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Does any advice about jobs in the US in areas such as salary and requirements apply to me if I want to live in Europe?

I can’t drive so after college I’m moving to Europe because it is more accessible than the US in this area. #financial-planning

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Nadia’s Answer

Hi Shea, the unemployment rate has been historically higher in Europe than it has been in US. However, if you love to live in Europe and are flexible in the type of work, I am sure you can find something. You have to ask yourself what type of work do you enjoy doing? Are you interested in medical fields, IT or science related work? If so, most likely you will have no problem finding a job with reasonable pay wherever you live. Each country has it's own residency requirements so you will need to research that before moving. As for access to public transportation, there are many cities in US with good access to public transportation. Best of luck!
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Kim’s Answer

Shea,

I cannot answer this question. However, what I want to encourage you to do is carefully think this out. There are certain cities in the US that are navigable by public transportation. My brother lives in Austin TX, and does not own a car. He takes the bus sometimes, but, because he has a disability, he also qualifies for door to door disability van services. In his case, because he can only walk short distances, any time the place he is going is more than 1/4 mile from the nearest bus stop, he can take the van. Going someplace outside of Austin is a little trickier, because Texas, as a whole, is not big on public transportation. If you stay on the East Coast, the Amtrak rail service is great! Austin in fact does not rate on the list of cities with top public transportation services. Again, lots of info available with an on-line search. Other cities to check out MAY include Seattle, Portland OR, Boston, Wash DC, San Francisco, Madison Wisconsin, Jersey City, NY, Reno NV,

Why do I say this? Because, I have considered retirement abroad, and looked into some of the Expat communities. I have been told that there is no place for me to go, because I have mobility impairments that will only get worse. Foreign countries don't have the elevators, ramps, handrails, etc that we have in place here. Additionally, there is the question of healthcare. Some countries will give you good healthcare for cheap, some require that you live there a few years first, etc. As to Europe, the cost of living there is not so cheap, so, the places I was looking at were Costa Rica and Panama. Then, there are family issues. If you live abroad, and, something happens and you need to fly home, that is an expense. Beyond that, suppose you need to stay home and take care of a parent for a few weeks, or, even a few months with one who is terminally ill? While you may have other siblings who will step up, I just want to point these things out because "life happens." Financially, I think as long as you maintain your US citizenship, you need to file a US tax return - not too sure how all that works out.

Anyway, I hope you find some of this information useful. Best of luck in whichever direction you decide to go!
Kim
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