More graduates are moving back home after university to work in order to save money. But for some graduates, they choose to move cities for work. It may be due to them just loving the independence, or maybe there are more opportunities in different cities. Sometimes, moving for work may be the only option, especially if you work in a competitive industry.
Whatever the reasons, moving for work can be such a daunting experience. Not only are you worrying about starting a new job, but you’re anxious about moving to a new area, possibly knowing nobody and on top of that, you’ll have adult responsibilities.
There are a few things to consider before you decide if moving for work is the right thing for you to do.
Location is key when thinking about moving for work. This place will essentially become where you’ll spend a lot of your time, so it’s important to choose a place you feel comfortable and happy in. There’s no point moving to a place you won’t like.
Living in a city may be really important to you but you’ve been offered a job located in the middle of nowhere. In this instance, it may not be wise to move for that job. On the other hand, if the job is going to give you the experience you really need, you may decide that location isn’t that key as experience is more important to you than location. It’ll only be temporary and the experience gained will help you get another job in your desired location.
Being close to friends and family
Distance from home is another important factor to consider. If being homesick is a concern of yours, moving for work may not be ideal especially if the journey isn’t commutable.
But if moving is necessary, there are ways to help deal with homesickness.
It may be a good idea to move to a location that isn’t too far from home. If it’s not a long journey away then it will be easier for you to go home. Try to choose a location that is a straightforward train or car journey away. Sometimes, unfortunately, work may have it’s negative moments and you just want to go home for some familiarity and a nice home-cooked meal. Being not too far away from home makes it easier to do so.
Finances is also a huge deciding factor. As you get older, you may feel in a rush to pack up your things and finally leave your parents’ house. But have you considered if you can comfortably afford to?
The freedom and independence is great and all but there’s no fun in struggling to pay your bills and being barely able to actually enjoy your hard-earned salary. In some situations, it may be wiser to live at home and save until you’re able to afford to live comfortably on your own.
If you’re adamant to move for work and are concerned about cost, try to move to an area that is affordable for you. With your salary, it’s important that it’ll cover rent, bills, savings, food and a little extra for you to enjoy your adult life.
At the end of the day, you’ll have to make the decision for yourself. Write yourself a pros and cons list and put a weighting on each point so you know which is more important to you.
Remember, that this is only the beginning of your career and it’s likely you’ll go through a lot of changes so don’t feel pressured and make any rushed decisions.