Relocation, relocation, relocation
Sam Wilson, June 4, 2014
Exciting opportunities can arise at any time and more importantly anywhere. Moving for a job can be an incredibly daunting prospect, fear of the unknown is common but it shouldn’t be a reason for turning down what could be an incredible opportunity.
Relocating is a tricky business and involves a lot of thought and preparation. There are unfortunately no guarantees that it will all work out for the best however you could say that about anything in life, right?
In this article we discuss things to consider before you decide on a move and some ways to help you ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible.
If you’re happy and you know it
Your happiness is absolutely paramount and should be top priority when considering relocating for a job. The question ‘will I be happy there?’ should be applied not only to the job and company but also the place you might live and the community within it. When relocating, you aren’t just moving jobs but moving your entire life and so it is important that all aspects of your life will fit. Make sure that you will be able to pursue your hobbies and passions and maintain a healthy work/life balance.
What’s the worst that could happen?
When considering relocating, it’s important to take some time to consider the worst possible outcome. If the company was to fail or for some reason it didn’t work out and you lost your job, would the location be somewhere you would still be happy to be in? Would there be other employment opportunities for you? I would very rarely recommend such a negative approach however when it comes to such big decisions it is important to consider all the possible outcomes.
No easy escapes
It’s important to remain realistic when planning to relocate, if you have issues that you are trying to escape from it is a strong possibility that they won’t just go away. A fresh start can be incredibly positive, new surroundings can allow you to make changes in your life and improve your situation, as long as it is for the right reasons and done in the right way.
If looking to relocate then I would strongly advise visiting the destination, a lot. The better you know the place the easier the transition will be. If possible visit during the day, at night, during the week, at the weekend, when it’s sunny and when it’s raining. I appreciate that all of these might not be possible (I presume you don’t control the weather) but the more that you can get to know a place then the more you will be able to see whether you will be happy there. The fewer surprises/disappointments you allow for then the happier you will be in your new home.
Ask me anything
When considering relocating don’t be afraid to ask for advice and seek the answers to any question you may have. When interviewing for jobs, ask to speak to your potential colleagues and ask them about the company and the location. This is an opportunity to find out about the best places to live, the best schools, the best places to go out for dinner or the best gym. If your potential employer is aware that you will need to relocate for the position then they will know what a big decision it is and will want to do what they can to make it easy for you.
There are few things more exciting than embarking on a new chapter in your life, and moving to a new place and starting a new job certainly qualifies. Take the time to ensure that it’s the right place for you and that you’re going for the right reasons, all that’s left to do after that is enjoy the exciting journey.