How Job Relocation Can Enhance
Career Development

See also: Personal Change Management Skills

Moving for a job is scary! Everything is changing right before your eyes and, before you know it, you’re in a new place, away from your friends (and family), in a new house or apartment, and you have to get accustomed to new colleagues.

If you’re more of an introvert, this can be quite a traumatic experience, since you don’t have the social stamina of an extrovert. Of course, even extroverts will find job relocation exhausting and tiresome, but they may adjust a bit more easily. 

Still, there are positive aspects as well - it’s not all gloom and doom. After all, you probably accepted the job offer because of the benefits it provides and the opportunities it creates. So, let’s not dwell on the negative aspects any longer and take a look at the ways a job relocation can boost your career!

Job Relocation - Woman in new city.

More Benefits & Opportunities

If you’re relocating from a big city to a smaller one (the main trend these days), it is a very wise decision for your finances. Smaller cities offer better living conditions (less pollution, more green space) and tend to have friendlier neighborhoods. This makes them better for families with children or couples who plan on starting their family.

Also, the cost of housing and commute may be lower, especially if you manage to find accommodation close to your workplace. However, it is important to study the area and all the costs involved before accepting the offer. For instance, there are some relocation tax implications you need to consider. Since you will be the one supporting the tax, you should be aware of its effects on your budget.

On the other hand, a new city (or country) also comes with new opportunities. As such, you can look for a side project or even a new employer if the current one doesn’t work out.

A Boost of Confidence

If a company is willing to offer a relocation package and assistance with your moving hurdles, it means they value your talent and skills. After all, they are going out of their way to get you to a different location!

So, if anything, a job relocation can be quite a boost in confidence for anyone. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should get too arrogant or lazy about this, but you should be happy that your hard work is paying off (and being noticed).

Access to Cooler Projects

Even if you work with the same company but a different branch, you will be exposed to new projects and people. This opens the door to diversity, which is always a great experience in the workplace!

Furthermore, access to new projects gives you the opportunity to improve current skills or acquire new ones. It can also be a chance to put yourself on the radar for a raise or a better position. As you dive into more interesting projects, you also get to connect with co-workers and managers more, enlarging your network. In addition, if you participate in company events, you have a great chance to meet other types of actors such as partners or external collaborators.

Overall, if the company asks you to move, it usually means they value your work and would like to apply your value in a different location.

Improve your Social Skills

As adults, we are good at making acquaintances, but we rarely think about making new friends or paying closer attention to the ones around us. However, when you move you feel a bit uprooted, which is why the natural tendency is to create a new circle of friends.

In addition, you’ll have new coworkers (who you’ll have to socialize with) and it would be a shame to not get to know them. If there are other people who got relocated to the same branch, it can be a bonding experience. It also means the new group is diverse and highly talented, so it is in your best interest to make as many friends and acquaintances as possible.

So, you can see the relocation as a chance to develop your interpersonal skills and become more social. These are skills that will become extremely helpful in almost any type of career, regardless of the way you communicate (via emails, text, video conferences, or face-to-face).

Improve your Organization Skills

A new home, office, and neighborhood all at once can be a scary thought. However, there is an upside to all this uncertainty - you get to brush up your organization skills and prove you are a reliable professional.

So, as you organize things at home and at the office, make a mental note of the way you manage your time and productivity. This way, you’ll be more focused on each task and you get to assess your current degree of organization.

It’s also a chance to re-arrange things in your life and get a fresh start in a career that was probably starting to feel a bit stuck. So, instead of feeling scared, why not try to enjoy a new start and experience everything as a chance for a better path?

Wrap Up

Whether you have a family or not, moving for a job is a huge decision. However, if the offer is reliable and it leads to a better salary or position, it’s best to take your time with the decision. Talk it through with the offering company and discuss it with friends and family for a different perspective.

In the end, job relocation can be the best decision you’ve ever made. So, if you are currently pondering an offer or you’ve heard about such an opportunity in your company, don’t hesitate to take it. It is scary and challenging, but it may also lead to better things in your professional and personal life.

Of course, it’s just as important to stay grounded and realistic. This means putting both pros and cons in the balance (like the things you’ll gain vs. the things you’ll lose). This is the only way you’ll be able to reach a reasonable conclusion.

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