Being at a crossroads in life can sprout a lot of feelings. Two, in particular, being confusion and disorientation. This is mostly due to the fact that it’s impossible to know which path ahead of you will lead to success. It is especially difficult to make a decision on which course to take when a career opportunity requires you to move across the country. While you’ll feel lots of happiness because your professional skills have been appreciated, along with plenty of excitement at the chance to advance your career, you will also face some what-ifs that will cloud your judgement. It will be hard to imagine leaving favorite places and special people behind. Not to mention the prospect of packing and moving your entire household can sound extremely difficult. This will be especially challenging if you have to relocate your whole family.
What to do? When making such a life-altering decision on whether to stay or go, first weigh the pros and cons. Here are some important questions to consider:
- Will you receive a considerable financial boost as a result of a higher income?
- Can you envision yourself advancing in your career and working for many years for the company in question?
- Is your job stable enough? And if something goes wrong, will it be possible to find another job in the new city?
- Will you be able to improve your skills, knowledge and competence, as well as learn new things and acquire considerable experience?
- Is the overall atmosphere and attitude of the company encouraging, appealing and pleasant?
- Will overall living conditions improve for you and your family?
- Will you be able to afford the living costs of your new city?
- Will your significant other be able to go with you and also be able to find good employment in the new city?
- Will the new environment be beneficial to your children in terms of education, recreational activities, friendships, etc.?
- Besides work, what opportunities does your new city offer?
Along with job-related factors, there are also a number of other things to consider before taking the relocation plunge. Here’s a closer look:
Cost of Living. As previously mentioned, you must carefully research the economic situation in your potential new area. This includes the costs of utilities, transportation, food, medical care, insurance, taxes, and other relevant amenities. All of these costs should be compared to those of your current living conditions. Though you may want to move for a better-paying job, if your new city is very expensive, it may turn out to have negative effects on your finances.
Housing. Another major concern to consider before relocating for a job is housing. First, you will need to deal with your current housing situation – mortgages, leasing issues, deposits, etc. For instance, if you are currently renting a home, you will need to end it in an appropriate way with your landlord. If you own your current home, you will need to either sell it or lease it.
Next, you will need to research the real estate market in your future city. You will need to choose a neighborhood that’s suitable for you and your family – whether it be a place you rent or buy.
Timing. As the saying goes, timing is everything. So before you can say yes to a job relocation, you will need to consider if it is a good time to do so – in terms of your current commitments, your spouse’s current job, your children’s schooling, lease agreements, ongoing renovation projects, previously planned trips or vacations, and so on.
Lifestyle. Depending on how far away your job relocation takes you, you may encounter somewhat of a culture shock. Your new surroundings may cause you to encounter different points of view, attitudes, daily routines, and even unique traditions or unusual social norms. In some instances, the cultural background and established etiquette of your new community may clash with your previous lifestyle. Is this something you will be able to handle?
Weather. There is a good chance that relocating to a new state for your job will put you in different climatic conditions. If it does, will you enjoy the weather? It can be very hard to adjust to a colder, very humid or incredibly hot climate. A sudden change can even lead to health issues – allergies, more colds, etc.
One more thing
There is one more thing you should truly consider when a job relocation is up for grabs – the consequences of not accepting the opportunity. Will you miss the chance of a promotion, of expanding your skills or having a job you really love? Will you neglect the possibility to improve your living standard? Will you deny your children the chance to study and develop in a better environment? If the results of not moving will be mostly negative, then it is probably a good idea to gear up and prepare for a job relocation.
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