We are slowly falling into our new ‘normal’, and I’m beginning to think many people will need to start thinking about what’s next? Some may even be considering relocating for a new role.
Relocating for a new job/career can be a major decision. Honestly. I’ve done it. I can’t say that I enjoyed it much, but looking back now I can reflect and say relocating has certainly helped with my career progression.
When did I relocate?
Back in 2013/14, I had just finished University and like many, I struggled to find or even secure a job. I had already worked in John Lewis, Harrods and as a Youth Worker, but I wanted to now move into something related to my degree – International Politics.
The plan was to secure a role that would help me gain some experience. After a few months of consistent rejections, I decided to apply for roles out of London. Lucky for me I secured a role in finance – Barclays to be exact. This was quite a good opportunity for me. However, I had one problem, and that was the role was not in London. It was in Northampton.
I contemplated for ages whether I wanted to leave my loved ones and move 70 miles away from London. It was a tuff one. I only knew a handful of people in Northampton, so understandable was worried about being alone. After debating for a while I decided to make the move and relocated to Northampton. Looking back now I’m glad I decided to relocate. It not only built characteristic skills, but it made me overcome my fears as a person and understand people.
If you are looking to relocate for a new role, or have recently lost your job then this is the post for you. Below are four pros and cons to consider before relocating for a new role:
Moving can be expensive.
The cost of moving can be a deal-breaker especially if your company/firm doesn’t offer to cover relocation expenses. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t relocate. It just means you may have to start from scratch. When I decided to relocate I knew I would not be receiving any relocation expenses, but it didn’t stop me from making the move.
Some employers may negotiate relocation packages, so it is worth asking and inquiring about the costs associated with travel expenses, moving corporate or temporary housing.
You may have to learn a whole new transportation system.
If you move from a big city to a rural area as I did from London to Northampton, you may need to learn a new public transportation system. For me, this wasn’t too bad because it meant that I just needed to buy a car. Consider how you may want to get to work. When I relocated I had to factor in the cost of purchasing a vehicle, gas/petrol, maintenance, etc. and although it was costly – it was certainly worth it.
You might experience culture shock.
Learning a new city and culture can feel overwhelming and lonely, especially if you are moving alone or internationally. If possible, try to visit the area a few times before you move to ensure it is an environment you will be able to enjoy. For me, I was so desperate to start working that I didn’t take the time for this.
Remember you don’t have to relocate forever, once you have been in the role for a while you can easily ask to relocate or even apply for a role back home.
You can make new friends
I get it social integration can be difficult and is especially challenging for those who are introverted or moving alone. Not to mention social distancing. But this is the time to build character and meet new people and make new friends.
Builds character, personal development and new experiences.
Relocating can build character for real and can create new experiences. I recall being able to use my financial experience to get my first role to move back to London. I was so hyped!
It can be an opportunity for career advancement.
Relocating can allow you to excel, and even gain promotions. I recall feeling that the move I took would mean I would be there forever! Looking back now I know now that it took me to the next level and set the bar for others behind me. Depending on your new role, you may have the chance to build a new team or project from the ground up which is always a great opportunity.
You can make new friends.
Bear in mind you will be mostly making friends at work. This for me is a BIG no, but some people can.
Making friends as an adult is not always easy. However, when you’re pushed out your comfort zone you will make friends easily. It’s almost like travelling solo you will meet people. And if you meet friendly people then you have long time friends for life.