Relocating for work – your to do list
Moving for your career can sometimes seem like the only option to get the job role and opportunities that match your career aspirations. The process of relocating however can be particularly stress inducing. There are a number of things to consider before you commit to any changes -
Review your current living arrangements. Have you got a house to sell or do you rent? What time is left on your rental agreement – and are their options to cut it short? If you own a house do you want to sell it before moving or could you look at renting it out for the short or longer term? Consider how long these factors may take to finalise and use this information when making decisions to look for work or committing to a start date for a new role.
Where will you live? Take time to investigate the area your plan to move to. What are the rents or house prices like compared to your new salary? What is the area like – does it suit your personality and have the amenities you need and access to social activities you enjoy? Moving away from friends and family can be daunting and potentially isolating if there are limited choices in the areas you move to.
Get familiar with your new area. By spending time there before you move. Can you visit for a few weekends before you go? Make these trips about fact finding and looking for areas of interest. This will help you feel more at home from day one.
Understand that practicalities of moving. How will you move your processions from one area to another? If you are moving within the same country this could be as simple as arranging for a removal service however moving abroad can be more complex. Do you need to arrange for shipping items overseas? How long does this process take and how long are your items in transit? These details can help to plan your move with more precision.
Understand the company you are relocating for. Do they have any systems in place for employees relocating for them? Are there social networks you can engage with to start building connections before you go? If you are moving alone are there work groups, sports teams or other activities you can join to create a social life for yourself from the outset? Maybe they have options for short term living arrangements whilst you get yourself settled – knowing this before you go can help you to avoid any mistakes and could save you money too.