Job relocation is often a part of life, and whether it’s something you’re considering doing or your company is requiring you to move, it takes a lot of analysis and preparation. With a good deal of research and a positive outlook, it could be the best career and life decision you’ve ever made. So what do you need to consider?
As UCPath Center Senior Recruiter Tom Abt says of relocating for a job, “Create a simple pro and con list and you might be surprised how clear your decision will become.”
First and foremost, you need to weigh the risks vs. the rewards. As national workplace expert and author Lynn Taylor notes via Business Insider, “It would be great if all the best jobs were in your backyard, but sometimes the position you really want is hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away.”
Ask yourself things like:
“What am I leaving behind, job-wise and friend and family-wise?”
“Will I have more job security?”
“Will I make more money and, even then, is it worth the inevitable stress that comes with moving to another city or state?”
“Will my family be happy there?”
“What is the school system like?”
“Will my spouse be able to find a job there?”
“What is the cost of living like there vs. where I am currently, and is the company paying for the relocation?”
Word of warning—try not to let a big salary offer in your new city force a premature decision. It’s crucial to do a cost of living analysis to see how your buying power stacks up in your new locale. And don’t forget to evaluate the intrinsic qualities most overlook, including family happiness, city safety, school systems, and more. Of course, a higher salary is enticing but consider the area where you and your family will be spending your everyday life.
Your Next Steps
Next, do your due diligence, especially if you’re moving your whole family. Research, research, and research some more. Find out more about your new job, employer, and city. Is there a way to do some sleuthing about the company atmosphere from actual employees? Most importantly, you want to make sure the company has a bright future, If it’s possible, visit your new city and place of work in person and get a real feel for it.
If you’ve ever thought Southern California could be your home, a position with the UCPath Center in sunny Riverside could be exactly the life change you’re seeking. Not only could you become part of a prestigious institution that is making a real difference, but you could also live in a city in which the average temperature is 79 degrees. And with a central location that’s driving distance to LA, the beach, and the mountains, Riverside is an ideal place for single people and families alike.
As UCPath Center’s Technical Trainer Darren Tiley says of Riverside, “I love where it is geographically as I can be in Newport Beach in an hour on the weekends. The home base is certainly not lacking — so I don’t do that every weekend. I realize too that the longer we live here, the more we discover.”