It is on an ordinary day; you leave your house take a bus and head to work. Later that morning, your boss summons you to their office and breaks the news. The company has offered you a place at one of their branches in another city. To take up the role, you must relocate. The question is whether you would accept or turn down the offer.
The decision might be a good one, especially if you can get help to make the move to the new region without disrupting your life. If your career is beginning to take shape, such an opportunity cannot go away.
However, if you have built your name, do have a family and are attached to your city, relocating will require a lot of consultation.
Examine the consequences
As an employee who has worked in the same company for a long time, it means you are also a long-term resident of your dwelling place. You already have a lifestyle that is deeply rooted in the city’s culture. Your children, if any, attend school nearby. Most of your friends reside here and, perhaps, you are also in college for further education. Moving out would mean uprooting your lifestyle, family, and circle of friends.
Support from the company
Consider the job offer and whether it fits into your career progression plan. Spare another thought for the organization. If the company offers to assist with costs of relocating to the new city, then it is a sign that you matter to them.
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Support from family and friends also weighs in on your decision. Finding someone you know from the targeted location can help you settle down comfortably. Besides, even if you did not have the job offer or had not succeeded in job hunting ventures, you would consider moving if the prospects look promising.
Examine what you stand to gain, in the long-run, from the new locale. Before you move, share your concerns with your spouse and a few trusted friends. Also, book an appointment with your human resources personnel. Find out what they know about the job and the city. Whenever you are free, such as on the weekend, visit the city. Walk or drive around and get acquainted with how it would feel to work there.
Analysis of pros and cons
Analyze the upcoming opportunity and weigh both the good and the bad. On a book or spreadsheet let one side be for the benefits and the other for demerits. List down each of these as they come to mind. Also, consider the overall effect the plan would have on your family. Prepare a tentative budget for the same.
Always weigh the gains of a work-oriented relocation. Think about the repercussions to your family and the effect on career. Someone who is familiar with the locale can help you blend in. Think long-term and be sure to analyze both the benefits and shortcomings. If you encounter any obstacles and harbor doubts, you can politely decline the offer.