Downtown San Jose, Mineta San Jose International Airport, San Jose State University and San Jose City Hall
Okay, not quite San Francisco. It’s difficult to find a song about the South Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area.
As I’ll go more into shortly, I moved to the Bay Area from L.A. on Oct. 11 to seek a change of scenery while finding ways to keep my professional hopes alive. So far, it is slowly working although I’m still getting there.
I can only hope that the move is worth the gamble. It took a tremendous amount of risk and gutsiness — thank you, Jessica Lawlor, for the latter attribute — to make it all happen. Time will tell if that gamble pays off.
Let’s look back at the month that was and look ahead to an even more productive one this month.
Moving to the Bay Area – Last month, I made the move to the city of Campbell in Santa Clara County, located in the South Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area.
This marked the second time in two years I relocated from Southern California — the last one being to Philadelphia in August 2012 before moving back to the Golden State around this time a year ago.
A big part of why I moved was that my career prospects remained dismal in Southern California — the part of the state I spent nearly my entire life in and where my career began — and that the Bay Area seems to hold hopes that I still have a fighting chance. I still remain in graduate school through San Jose State University thanks to the distance-learning nature of the program.
I adjusted surprisingly quickly and well during my first two weeks. I was able to secure housing in Campbell the day after I arrived in the Bay Area. I consider myself lucky in that regard as it was a difficult process to find the right place with the most reasonable monthly rent. That was a major hurdle I was glad to clear as quickly as I did.
Now, the focus is on finding any kind of work here for the time being while still pursuing something more permanent and relevant to my career goal. I’m close to finally settling that matter, hopefully sooner than later.
BART Silicon Valley event – As part of my efforts to connect with the transportation professionals in these parts, I attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 31 for the completion of a grade-separation project in Fremont as part of the larger BART Silicon Valley Extension project. A contact of mine at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) invited me to participate in the event.
I used to attend events like this during my two years as an intern at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) from May 2010 to August 2012. Now, I’m looking to get back into the same kind of public affairs and community relations work I did for OCTA at any of its counterparts in the Bay Area — VTA, BART, SF Muni, AC Transit, consulting firms that work with transportation clients among others. It was great to connect with some of the professionals at the event. I hope this is the beginning of new and real opportunities ahead for I miss being in this line of work.
- Job search – There’s a reason why I moved here to the Bay Area. There’s no turning back and that’s exactly how I want it to be.
- Thanksgiving – I don’t expect to have any plans this time around. Unless someone in this region invites me over that day, this holiday could play out the same way as 2012 when I spent Thanksgiving alone in Philadelphia. Either way, I’ll make it productive and fun somehow. Hopefully, there will be more restaurants open that day and not just a McDonald’s like in Philly in 2012.
I’ll leave you this edition with the titular song.