Moving out of Miami after 5 Years... My Thoughts
Miami has been a huge part of my life for a long time. My Uncle and cousins have lived in Miami since 2007 and I visited frequently. I attended the University of Miami from 2017 - 2021 and have now worked in Miami from 2021 until now.
Miami has definitely changed who I am as a person. When I first came here I was extremely overwhelmed. I used to never care about materialistic thing at all. I would always buy my clothes at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. But at UM, it seemed like it mattered what clothes you wore, what town you were from, who your parents were, how big your house in East Hampton was, etc..
Miami certainly seems to have a culture like that, especially among girls who really care about that type of stuff. But I eventually found my friends who were genuine, and a lot like me.
Miami has a ton to offer. Beaches, nightlife, golf, art, food, nature. I definitely took living here for granted. You could do something different every weekend and never get bored. It is relatively easy to make friends here, as most people in Miami are there to have fun.
I had the most amazing college experience. Great memories with friends, parties, clubs, trips to key west, exploring the everglades, going in boats, chilling on the beach during any month of the year. UM kids are definitely spoiled. But after college, living in Miami is much different.
I have come to realize that Miami is great place to live if you already have money and an established career. The apartments and homes in the suburbs are beautiful and relative to other parts of the country, good value for what you get. But being a young professional, in my experience it has seemed difficult to really grow in my career here. The entry level opportunities are quite limited, and I was lucky to get a decent job. Most big banks dont do analyst programs here and to land a role in a boutique in Miami, you have to be well connected.
My real personality doesnt mesh. Miami is a very in-your-face type of city. People like to show off what they have and spend money like its nothing. I am a very lowkey laid back person. I dont care what other people think of me and value quality time with close friends more than anything.
I have now been given the opportunity to work for a huge bank in a position Ive always wanted for twice the pay Im making now, however i need to move to San Francisco. and it is extremely overwhelming. Part of me has been over living in Miami for a long time and have been ready for a big change. Another part of me is going to miss this city and the relationships ive made here. Miami is usually a city people move to rather than move away from, and it sucks to think that Im going to leave the beautiful beaches and clubs and my brand-new apartment for a city that is notorious for having shit on the ground.
But like I said, Miami is great if you've already made it, but for me, in finance its been hard to grow. Im anxious about the change but its necessary that I get the real banking training and exposure that I need so i can become to professional that im striving to become. Hopefully in the future ill make my way back to Florida with more money in the bank.
For those who are in SF right now, I hope some of you can welcome me into your friend groups and help me get adjusted. Its crazy how a career opportunity can change everything in our lives. Ill make a "living in SF" update post in a few months and will know by then if I made a huge mistake or not. Hopefully not.