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Relocation, The Pros & Cons

“Should I stay or should I go now?” The words that were brought to our ears in the late 90’s by the well-known band, “The Clash”. As time goes on more and more of us are finding ourselves asking this very same question. Relocation is a word that we often see pop up in our lives from TV screens to glossy magazines and is one that an increasing number of people are acting upon. Job relocation isn’t just for employed workers who get transferred to other cities. You can also relocate when you are looking for a new job, especially if you are having difficulty finding one. The UK has seen a growing trend in the number of citizens relocating, whether it’s internal migration or international migration; it’s all taking off. People relocate for a number of many different reasons including social, economic, political and environmental. If you are contemplating a move, it is key that you weigh up the pros and cons before making, what could be, one of the biggest decisions of your life.

Job Relocation Is On The Move!

There used to be a time when people were born, grew up, worked and grew old all in one area. Now it’s a very different story, as the UK sees itself dealing with more and more citizens who are migrating elsewhere. Job relocation is certainly a fast growing trend. In fact, according to the “Office of National Statistics”, there were 28 million internal migration moves across the UK in 2013; that’s equivalent to 75,000 UK citizens per day!

Why Should I relocate?

• Cultural education- From the sporting events and music festivals of Belfast, to the booming economy and lush weather of Saudi Arabia; job relocation can take you almost anywhere. Many find this cultural education as a fantastic lifetime experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. A decision like this opens many doors for both you and your family. It allows you to get out there and explore the beautiful world that we live in but at the same time, enjoy those home comforts that we all love.

• Job opportunities- Relocating can increase your number of job opportunities, especially if you are moving to a city with low unemployment rates. Your current job or hometown may have limited opportunities available for you, in big cities, job opportunities are available left, right and center. This is something that appeals to many professionals, as it gives them a chance to push themselves and demonstrate their strengths.

• Location benefits- Think about where you live now. Are you able to relax in the hot sun after a day’s work? Are your kids getting the first class schooling that they deserve? Are your weekends filled with beach days, festivals or coral reef diving experiences? Relocation can help you say yes to all of these questions. There is more to the world than where you're living now, relocation allows you to explore and experience different places which can be beneficial for you and your family.

What’s stopping me?

Don’t get me wrong, job relocation can be the best decision you every make. But like every big decision, it needs thinking about.
• Relocating can be expensive. You may get money from the sale of your current home although you still need a place to stay in your new city. Don’t forget, you’ll spend money in advance driving to and from the city, looking for a new place to stay. You may decide to live in a hotel or even rent a place while you’re waiting for your house to sell, which can cost you a fair bit of money.

• When you have relocated and settled in to your new place, everything starts coming together and you start to enjoy the experience immensely, although the run up process can seem highly stressful for some people. You may not know your way around for your first few days and you may get lost once or twice on your way to the shops. Everything can feel slightly alien to you, especially if you left your friends and family behind. Your kids can find themselves in a position where they need to make new friends and try and fit in with their new lifestyle. These feelings can occur during your move and as you settle in to your new place.  

Having said all this, relocation doesn’t have to be an expensive or stressful. With the right support and guidance, moving can be a breeze and for most people it is. Many people relish the thought of the relocation experience although never make the move. My advice would be, don’t be those people who live their lives thinking about what they could have done; be the person who is able to tell stories of what they have done.

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