New Position…Relocation

By: Andrew

With the job and internship search comes many things; looking for your perfect position, an exceptional company, and a great location to work. Though you want to enjoy the company you work for, the city you end up living in sometimes gets overlooked. That’s why I am here! For my position this past summer and upcoming summer I will not be forced to have a drastic relocation, but a lot of my coworkers did, and will. So here are three things to consider about when it comes to relocating if you so choose to.

The City

Everyone likes something different, so it is important to think about what is important to you and where you can find that in your new home. Let’s take Minneapolis for an example. Minneapolis is known for its abundance of trails, lakes, and parks; perfect for the athletic person or someone that loves to be outside. In saying that, those three things only do one so much good in Minneapolis due to the weather. So there’s a quick pro and con of the city. It’s worth taking the time to make a pros and cons list of the city you may be moving to. Don’t compare this list to where you already live unless where you live is a viable living option for your future job. Again, knowing what you want to be doing with your free-time is a key to knowing if you have found the right city to be living in.

Relocation Package

Not all companies offer this, but many do. A relocation package is great at any point in your career, but fresh out of college it can almost be necessary for the financial state some of us are in (myself being one). All relocation packages are different, and they essentially are meant to get you and your belongings from your old home to your new home. I myself do not have one due to how close I already live to where I will be working. On the other hand, my sister moved from Denver to Atlanta and got help from the new hospital she worked for by having them pay for the cost of closing costs on her new home and on the expense of movers and a moving truck. As said before, all relocation packages are different and some people don’t even receive them. Everything depends on the employer and your location.

The Employer

Seems obvious, pick a good company to work for and that’s that. Not so fast on that one. Consider some things when deciding on working for a company. You will always receive an offer sheet with all of the important insurance coverage, benefits, salary, bonuses and so on. One thing you may not know coming in is where there is room for you to personally grow and move in the company. No one wants a dead end job (let me know if I’m wrong on that assumption), so it is good to try and understand where you could be with the company 5, 10, and even 20 years down the road. If you’re not asking that question, don’t worry, but do think about why you may not be interested in growing with the company. Ultimately, most people like the idea of moving up and/or across divisions and departments of a company. It can be a rewarding feeling and reminds you that your work is important and valued by the company. So, make sure you know what you can be doing in your future at your company of choice.

Remember, no company is built the same as another, so be aware of the differences between them when it comes to seeing if making a move to a new city and a new job is really what you want to do.

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About ellenhatfield

New professional in the field of Student Affairs in Higher Education. I am a Career Counselor at the University of MN Duluth.

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