Considering a Career Change

Moving for a new job, especially when you are just starting out, can be your springboard towards a rapid career launch. However, you need to weigh your options carefully. Where you move is just as important for your personal happiness as the job you move for.

If you are planning to move towards a new job that would require you to live in another place, you may need to consider the following.

Occupational horizons – Moving to a new location can be risky because there are so many unknowns, while a new job would put yourself up for a pretty stressful time. Make sure the job on the other end is worth it. For instance, ask what happened to the person who previously filled the slot. A high turnover rate may be a red flag.

Figure your finances – This is not about your salary, but rather your cost of living in a different location. For example, you live in New York and earn $50,000 every year. If you, transfer to Miami (which has a lower standard of living) for a new job that earns you more, there would be a lot more money you could save and still maintain your current standard of living.

The financial equation gets more tricky if you are moving with a spouse or other partner who has to leave a current job and take a chance on finding a new position in your destination city. Also, weigh the costs of making the move and ask how much of that your new employer will pay.

Location – Saying yes to a small-town job when you live in a big city-or vice versa-would involve big changes and may require some sacrifices. Consider factors such as cultural offerings, sports and recreation opportunities, traffic, the pace of life, and even the weather. Ask yourself if you can live with the difference. Try making two trips to get a feel for a new place. Pay extra attention to local custom and try to connect with real people while visiting.


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