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Should You Relocate For A Job?

There is no short answer to this question.  

Looking for a new job can be challenging regardless whether you’re looking outside your front door or in a completely new country. And with the job market only getting more challenging after COVID, maybe relocating is exactly what you need – but is it what you need to put more money in your bank, or will relocating make you happier than staying still? 

Relocating for a job can often result in your personal and professional development – it can increase your confidence and independence by taking the leap into the unknown. It is very much a weigh-up-your-options type of situation.   

While moving to a new city sounds incredibly exciting, you have to ask yourself if it is worth it. For example, if you are moving to London you’ll get a higher salary but the cost of living in the capital city is also a lot higher. If moving to an expensive city will put a financial toll on you and your family, it might be best to revisit your options before committing to anything.  

Does the job you’re considering offer career progression within the company? If it is a dead end job that you will have to leave in a few years for similar reasons as to why you’re looking to move now, is it worth looking for a more permanent job where you can grow as a person and within your career. 

'While moving to a new city sounds incredibly exciting, you have to ask yourself if it is worth it..'

Maybe you’re relocating for someone else’s job – if so, you need to consider how this will affect you and your own happiness. If you are happy in your current city, surrounded by friends and family, relocating might not be a cause for celebration. In a similar vein, if only one parent is relocating temporarily for a job would the work life balance get to you, your partner and children?  

On the flip side, a change in environment could be exactly what everyone needs. Your children might be going from primary to secondary school and would be the ideal time for a move.  

Research, research, research! Not only your company and job but also the area you’re looking to move to. You have to live there as well after all and if you don’t enjoy the city, you might not enjoy your days off. If you enjoy a regular night out on the town, moving to a smaller town with only a few pubs might not be ideal; if meeting up with your friends and family on the weekends is important, moving 5 hours away might put a strain on you. It is also important to research local schools for your children and the crime rates for the areas you’re looking to move to. Not much point moving to a nice house if getting the kids to school is a job in itself.  

It is worth confirming with your potential employer how often you are required in the workplace, especially if it is an office based role – you might be working from home half of the week. Working from home might mean commuting from further afield actually works out cheaper for you or that you might want to look into property where you can have an in-home office separate from your home life. 

Ask your friends living in different cities to you if their workplace is hiring in your intended job area – if you went to university, your lecturers might also know of some roles currently available.  

Whether you decide to move for a potential job role is entirely up to you, but it’s not something you should jump straight into without considering all the factors.  

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