Nature-Loving Business Analyst Miserable and Needing a Change

exit0music (@exit0music) 8 years, 10 months ago

So I have graduated from University with a BS Economics and find myself in a monotonous routine as a business analyst in West Virginia. I have always been a nature-lover and I am considering a PhD in Environmental Economics.

Aside from this, I am increasingly depressed about this country and living here. Not depressed clinically, but discouraged and anxious about being affiliated with such negativity. (As far as my observations from reading the news go.)

I am considering a move to Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Does anyone know how one goes about moving to Canada as a temporary resident? Or any organizations which I should contact? Anything else I should know?

February 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm
Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@exit0music, Why did you go to school for business?

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exit0music (4) (@exit0music) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@xyver I majored in economics which is more of a social science, but tends to land business jobs. might do the phd in order to expand what I study.

I basically do operational work now.

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@exit0music, … So why did you go to school for economics?

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Phil (83) (@urbanuncia) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@exit0music, If you don’t have any current obligations, pack your bag(s) and drive up to Vancouver with the bit of cash you have right now and start living! It’s as simple as that, in the end.

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exit0music (4) (@exit0music) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@xyver I studied economics because I was intrigued by the complexity of economies, and even more, the individual incentives that we each face. There’s not much place for this in the workplace unless you have an advanced degree, so most economics graduates are lumped in with business majors.

@urbanuncia I have student loan debt and a fiance to bring along. Its not a huge issue because my degree pays well, but I am more displeased with the status of living in this nation. It seems like all eyes are on us and I don’t really want to be affiliated with that. I need a simpler and more peaceful existence. USA was ranked 84 on a list of most peaceful countries and Canada was number 4. Hence the desire for BC, on top of the amazing nature.

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@exit0music, What about the individual incentives that we face?

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exit0music (4) (@exit0music) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@xyver for clarity, my concerns are based on moral beliefs I hold which aren’t consistent with my surroundings. Economics has provided me with a comfortable financial situation, but if I could go back, I may choose a different route. In my interest,though, are the choices between not exerting pollution or operating our industries, how humans have affected the earth, and to what point our society is sustainable.

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Anonymous (177) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@exit0music, It is a crossroads, of sorts – a shift, if you will. Realization. Visceral understanding/acknowledgement. >>>words<<< Anywayz, you already know what you must do – whether you do it or not, now, or some "future" now – does not matter. Perhaps strive to earn money to pay off financial obligations, or abandon them and move north. Formulate a plan, perhaps, give yourself a month, day and year to leave – put it in motion, and then just exist. Just be. No rush, no hurry, no urgency. What is to happen, will.

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@exit0music, Although I don’t have much advice, I just want to say that BC is an amazing place to live. :D

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Stefan (14) (@stefanvmourik) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

It shouldn’t be too hard to make that happen, since you’re a citizen of the United States. I came to Vancouver as a temporary visitor, which you can do as well. No need to fill in anything except your arrival and departure date once you enter the border. You are allowed to stay for 6 months without extending your visitors visa.

When it comes to a work visa, there’s an easy way of figuring out how to receive that here:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/cometocanada.asp

You should start ASAP, since for some reason, the government takes super long to process the application…

Vancouver Island is an Island full of serenity and peace! Great choice for a nature lover

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