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Old 08-23-2010, 11:21 PM
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Greetings! Been using the forum for a little over a week to collect some useful info... Thank you all!

Just changed all the fluids, plugs and trying to get the TJ ready for another winter with lows down to 50 below...

Next will be new tires... Probably the 31" Goodyear Duratrac's ($150 ea.)

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Hey fellow newbie... I have been looking to move to Fairbanks for the better part of 2 years now and havent had much luck at all finding a meaningful job...gotta get out of the lower 48 ASAP! How do you like it there?
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:25 PM
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Hey fellow newbie... I have been looking to move to Fairbanks for the better part of 2 years now and havent had much luck at all finding a meaningful job...gotta get out of the lower 48 ASAP! How do you like it there?
I like it, but probably won't stick around forever. I'm a big fan of the outdoors and of winter, and for those two things... I'm in the right place. If you like wild game, independent thinking, long days (24 hours of light in summer), and long nights (18 hours of darkness in the darkest part of winter). This could be a good place for you. It gets really cold though (-30 is a regular occurrence) and -10 can feel quite pleasant in the winter, but there is not a bit of wind at all during the winter... I don't find it very bad at all.

If someone's looking for an eclectic mix of food and lots of cultural activities, Fairbanks may not be the right place for them. I moved here to work at the university. Depending upon your type of work, it may or may not be difficult to get a job. I've heard that the jobs around town can pay a lot, but not necessarily if you don't find the right place to work.
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I like it, but probably won't stick around forever. I'm a big fan of the outdoors and of winter, and for those two things... I'm in the right place. If you like wild game, independent thinking, long days (24 hours of light in summer), and long nights (18 hours of darkness in the darkest part of winter). This could be a good place for you. It gets really cold though (-30 is a regular occurrence) and -10 can feel quite pleasant in the winter, but there is not a bit of wind at all during the winter... I don't find it very bad at all.

If someone's looking for an eclectic mix of food and lots of cultural activities, Fairbanks may not be the right place for them. I moved here to work at the university. Depending upon your type of work, it may or may not be difficult to get a job. I've heard that the jobs around town can pay a lot, but not necessarily if you don't find the right place to work.
The first place I look for work is the University of Alaska at Fairbanks as I currently work for a state university and would like to stay in the university system. Nothing has come up but I will continue to look. Thanks a lot for the input! The weather sounds good to me...i have never minded the cold and I HATE the wind.
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First of all, I echo what Ageless Stranger says...

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The first place I look for work is the University of Alaska at Fairbanks as I currently work for a state university and would like to stay in the university system. Nothing has come up but I will continue to look. Thanks a lot for the input! The weather sounds good to me...i have never minded the cold and I HATE the wind.
Well, the university is definitely a great place to be... I like it a lot. I'm actually a PhD student here. If you're looking for a position at the university, I've heard that the best way to get a job (possibly not if you're a professor) is to come here for a few weeks and introduce yourself to the people that are working where you'd like to work. I've heard that they might connect you with this person or that person and something generally seems to work out. I think that requires a person with a certain mindset though. This is exactly how one of the ladies in my dept. got her position (which is a very good and stable full-time position with benefits). She actually moved here and then started talking with people at the university.

I've also heard that if you're motivated and intelligent and job-worthy, that you'll definitely be able to land a job in Fairbanks. There's enough of the other types, that when a well-qualified individual walks in, they get a job.

What line of work are you in, Rusty?
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I would love to visit Fairbanks and the University some time but its a little off the beaten path from IL. The line of work I am in seems to be my problem, I am college educated but I am a mechanic by trade...there probably isnt a shortage of blue-collar workers in the Fairbanks area, that and I cant tell if the University has their own vehicle maintenance department or if they just farm out the work to local shops. My research has turned up a common theme in the auto industry around Fairbanks and that theme is everyone up there seems to want Ford diesel techs only...which rules me out. I dont know but I may have to finish my degree and try to find work doing something else if I am going to have any chance and finding a job up there...?

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