Thinking about moving - big life change!

Nova Scotia is a beautiful place. Very scenic. I have so many nice things to say. I love it here...

But I'm tired of being in debt. I'm 34, and I've never been able to get past the student loans of my early-mid twenties. The most money I've ever been able to make is just about median wage in the province... about $30k. And that, like most other jobs I've had... well... anyway...

We moved to the Annapolis valley last year. On paper, the area had the 2nd highest growth rate in the province. In reality, it was one of only three areas not flat out stagnating or shrinking. I work in a call centre now, for just a little above minimum wage. It took me five months to find that job. The hours are crap. Lots of nights. Almost all the weekends. Did I mention I'm in my 30's? Adjusted for inflation, I make less money now than I did at 20...

Halifax is the only area in the province that has any decent career opportunities. About 40% of the province lives within a 45 minute drive of downtown. And most of the best paying jobs are government, or government offshoot (hospitals, government, military, universities/education.)

Outside of Halifax, I've seen job ads for truckers, for minimum wage--it's a $10,000 course just to be able to drive a big rig, how can someone pay that out and get minimum wage after? I've seen job ads for carpenter's assistant jobs ads, just cleaning up around a shop for $12/hr that demanded three years experience. Yep, three years experience to push a broom and tidy up.

And I'm tired of it. If my wife and I stay here, at the current rate of earnings, I can expect to finish paying of my student loans by the time I'm 45. After that, we can start to think about buying a home, or having kids. Maybe I'll be 50 with a five year old?

At the moment, my wife and I are in the early stages of planning to move to Calgary. We have a family connection who can get me a job in construction. I'll miss ocean, but maybe, just maybe I'll be able to get my head above water for the first time in fifteen years.

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