On September 16, 2010, the US News and World Report published a list of the Top 10 Best Places to Launch a Second Career. I was thrilled to see Madison on the list, as it has been my experience that this city is indeed a great place to start over.
I came to Madison in October 2008 knowing one person and having only a part time job (law school admissions consultant for Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions) to keep me afloat. I obtained some additional part time jobs along the way, and two years later, I have what is starting to be a thriving business. I have met an incredible community of business owners here at regular and diverse networking events. I have made friends both through social circles and business circles. I even worked part time for over a year at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where I got a job in the midst of a hiring freeze.
Plus this city is beautiful. Where else could I walk down the street for any of the following: a swim in the lake, a yoga class, a Thai dinner, a household item from the hardware store, and fresh local produce from the food coop or farmer’s market?
I agree wholeheartedly that Madison Wisconsin is a great place to launch a career. I can see why people don’t want to leave — I plan to stay put for a long time!