Perhaps it’s your boss asking you to move to another part of the country to carry out your work. Or perhaps you have been given a job offer in some distant land to start a career anew. Whatever the case, you probably shouldn’t jump feet first into the new opportunities you have been offered without taking a few things into consideration first.
So, before you start packing up your home, and before you get in touch with the removalists, here are just a few of the things you need to think about before making the move.
#1: What will your family think?
We aren’t necessarily thinking about your parents, your aunts and uncles, or your grandmother. While they will probably have something to say about your move if you’re traveling some distance from them, you need to remember that you are an adult, and that their decisions shouldn’t distract you from your dreams. Rather, we are thinking about your partner and your children as, assuming you will be taking them with you on the move, you need to consider how it might affect them. Will you be taking your kids out of a school they love? Will your partner have to leave a job they enjoy? What else will your family miss out on if they have to move? Before you relocate, you need to come to a group decision, so get together with the people with whom you share your life, and discuss the prospect of relocation in depth before saying yes to a life-changing move.
#2: What will you be leaving behind?
If you are moving some distance away, you need to consider the things you will be saying farewell to in your home town. It could be your extended family, close friends, trusted neighbors, and even your existing work colleagues. You might be saying goodbye to a house that you have put a lot of work into, and a town that offers you many opportunities for socializing and carrying out your hobbies. Of course, you can stay in touch with people you are close to after moving, and you can make a new life for yourself too. But it’s still worth thinking about the things you might miss, as you don’t want to regret any farewells when you are later some distance away.
#3: Is your new position secure?
Be it a continuation of your current job role or a new position entirely, this is one aspect that needs to be taken under consideration. After all, if the job were to end after six months or so, you might later regret the move you made if you were faced with a long period of unemployment in an unfamiliar town. So, speak to your current or potential new employer and talk about job security. If they do little to put your mind at ease, it might be that you decide to postpone your house move and remain where you are instead.
Despite the slightly negative tone of this article, it might be that relocating for a new job opportunity could be the right thing for you. It might even be quite an exciting prospect. Still, it’s important to take stock of your life first, because as with any major life decision, you do need to have some surety that you are doing what is right for you.
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