When you’re offered a job in a different location, it can be difficult to decide whether to take it or not. You have to weigh the benefits like a higher salary against the costs like the impact on your family. It is a big personal and professional decision with many factors you need to take into account.
What you should avoid
- Don’t only consider the immediate consequences of moving.
- Avoid ruminating all alone before making a decision.
- Don’t overthink your decision to the extent that you’re paralyzed and don’t know what to do.
What you need to do
What you do need to do is to take into account various factors, including the happiness of your partner and your children, before making such a momentous decision.
Propose a job swap or temporary stint
It can help if you propose a job swap or a temporary stint to test out a new location. Coffey Bros Chicago Movers are bonded and licensed movers who will assist you to move. Kenneth Coffee, owner of Coffee Bros Moving, says, “Our goal is not only to meet but exceed our clients’ expectations. We offer everything from full and partial packing services, storage, and furniture delivery, up to total long distance moving solutions within Illinois”.
Try to think holistically
You may be tempted to start a spreadsheet and weigh out the pros and cons. However, this is a situation where such an analysis may fall short. You need to consider the overall happiness of your whole family. What is there about the new location that could suit your lifestyle or detract from it? Do you prefer big city or small town life? Do you want to feel rooted in a community?
Consult with your partner
Thrash it out with your partner. What will this do to your partner’s career and will he or she be able to find work in the new location? If not, how much of a setback will it be? Will you and your family be able to achieve your goals in life and work in the new location? Research on why relocation fails often points to the unhappiness of a partner, known as “trailing spouse syndrome.”
Consider your development
Moving to a new job in a new location can help you to round out your skills and experience. You’ll be able to build out a broader network and be exposed to new ideas.
You don’t want to develop a new network, however, and drop the one you have already built. You need to make sure you keep having conversations with all the people you value on a regular basis.
Think about the future
You need to consider the opportunity within the context of your long term career trajectory. Career paths are not always mapped out so clearly but you should be able to get a good idea if the move is beneficial in terms of your long term prospects for advancement.
Seek advice from your peers
It’s always a good idea to seek advice from peers. However, don’t ask those too close to the situation, like those who will try to convince you to go to suit their own ends.
The family also has a vested interest in your decision. It’s best to talk to peers at a bit of a distance who have similar career aspirations to you and families to consider too. They can be a sounding board for you as you weigh up your options. Getting advice from colleagues who’ve had to make a similar decision can help you to make up your mind.