I've posted here a few times over the past year about trying to move around in finance but actually face a serious issue now. About six months ago, I told my group head that I'm interested in exploring other opportunities in finance, be they at my current firm or with a hedge fund / private equity firm. I'm currently in New York; however, my girlfriend, whom I met while I was working in Canada (we dated for 8 months there), still lives in Canada so I'd like to move back. Her moving here isn't an option. Over the past 6 months I've reached out to as many places in Canada -- maybe around 50 -- at which I'd be remotely interested in working. Only a few (<5) positions have actually come up and I haven't been able to get them for whatever reason. At this point, there are only a few more firms left to contact and maybe a few more I can try and re-tread. People at my current company are trying to be helpful and get me in front of their clients there, but I'm not optimistic. This wouldn't be so bad, except I'm going to be laid off soon. We've hired someone to be my replacement, and while nobody is forcing me out the door it's probably best given that my interest in my current job is waning very quickly...probably exacerbated by my frustration in not finding a job I want. In ~2 months, I will have no job and have tapped out most of my prospects for one in Canada. I was thinking about business school to get a fresh start but my grades in college sucked (<3.0 GPA), though I did go to an Ivy and study a hard science, for what that's worth. I wouldn't mind exploring a career in advertising/marketing but have no clue how to get started and my profile is definitely atypical for that field. I want the kind of job where I can think strategically but don't want a career path where the end goal is middle management -- i.e. I don't want to be a 50-year old "Vice President" or "Senior Manager" in some kind of Office Space environment. The other alternative would be to break up with my girlfriend and find a job anywhere else in the world, which I could probably do easily. I just can't help escape the feeling that if I'm unemployed I'll end up forced to take some mediocre, paper-pushing job just to pay the bills (although money won't be a problem for at least a year). I understand that some people here have been laid off and have people who really depend on them and entrenched lifestyles, so it's not the end of the world for me...but at the same time I don't want to *settle*.