Originally from the Lower Mainland, Ryan Staschuk is in his late twenties with a good career is an Assistant Controller for a mining company in Prince Rupert.
As a student, he thought that it would be no problem to get a job close to home.
But once he graduated, he soon realized how competitive it was in Vancouver, and decided that the’d have to re-locate in order to succeed in his career. He started applying for jobs further afield, and it wasn’t long before he was packing his bags and heading to Prince Rupert.
He now owns a 3,000 square foot house and is actually making more money than he ‘d anticipated while studying. Just by moving to where the jobs are available, he says he’s been able to fast-track his career by several years , and that a similar position in Vancouver would have taken 5-10 years to achieve.
His advice to young graduates and career changers:
“Don’t even give it a second thought, look for those (out of town) listings, look for jobs, apply. There’s no harm in putting in your resume and see where it takes you.”
As for his own career, he’s optimistic about the economy up north and sees opportunity for growth.
Top Five Cities in BC (outside the Lower Mainland) for Work
(source BC Business Magazine, December 2014 article “Best Cities for Work in B.C.: our ranking of all 36″)
1. Fort St. John (ranked #1 overall)
2. Dawson Creek (ranked #5 overall)
3. Squamish (ranked #12 overall)
4. Victoria (ranked #16 overall)
5. Kelowna (ranked #17 overall)
Incidentally, BC Business’s article Best Cities for Work in BC ranked Prince Rupert as #36, out of 36. And the City of Vancouver? It squeaked in at #10.