Should You Relocate For a Better Job?


Your career is one of the most important elements of your life. While the money and being able to afford to live the life you want is important, it’s more than that. Your career makes up part of your identity and who you are, and for most of us, we have to work other areas of our lives around our jobs. Most of the time this just means prioritising work over social events and trying to raise a family around our working hours, but sometimes it can mean switching up your entire lifestyle. You might be given the opportunity to move away from where you currently live to improve your career, and as scary as it seems, it might be a chance that’s too good to miss out on. Here are some things to consider if you’ve found yourself in this situation.

Speak to your family

If you’ve already started a family and are settled down with a partner, then it’s important to speak to them. In some cases, it won’t be too much of a problem to change schools and your partner might be happy to move jobs to wherever you need to move to. In other cases it might be a bit messier, so it’s important that you sit down and figure things out. If you’re younger, single or earlier on in your life and career, it can often be a little easier than later down the line, which is something to consider if you’re in two minds about it. If your relocation involves staying in the country you currently live in, you might be able to stay away for some nights and come home for some nights to keep everyone happy, or get yourself a reliable car from somewhere like and commute every day depending on the distance. It becomes much more tricky if you plan to relocate abroad.

Whether to relocate or not

Image by Igor Link from Pixabay

What about the job?

If you’ve been offered a relocation opportunity with the company you work for, know they’re a good company and have been around for a while then this will give you security. If you’ve been offered a relocation with a newer company you might need to think twice, with all of the uncertainty going on in the current financial climate you don’t want the company to end up going bust and you being stranded. If you’re going to be moving to a new place and finding a job when you get there then you’ll need to give yourself time, have enough money saved while you support yourself and go through the interview stage potentially with many companies which can take a number of months. You might want to find yourself temporary accommodation until you’ve been offered a job and know where you’ll be working. Then you can rent or buy a property nearby.

Is it the right decision for you?

There’s no one size fits all answer here, it completely depends on your current situation. Speak to the people close to you in your life, see what they think. Consider just how much benefit you’ll get from relocating and if it’s worth it for your future career.

Top image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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