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Things to Think About Before You Relocate for Work

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If your employer offered you another job in another part of the country, or even in another part of the world, would you consider taking it? Many people do, especially if it means they are being promoted or being given a better job.

Some people move because they cannot find work in the area they live in, so they try their luck elsewhere.

This is probably an easier decision to make if you have no responsibilities. If you have children to consider though it could be a hard choice to make. Children are very resilient and adapt well to change, but it would still be a big upheaval for them, having to leave all their friends behind.

However, there are some professions that have particular places that specialise in them, and you may need to accept a relocation to be able to progress any further with your career.

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Moving Abroad To Work
There are many countries in the world that you are not allowed to emigrate to unless you already have a job and some place to live. If your employer has asked you to relocate to one of these countries for the benefit of your career, they should have all that sorted before the move takes place. Even then though, some countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada have very strict rules about who they allow into their country.

At the moment, if it is another European country you are asked to move to then it is much easier, but that could change when the UK leaves the EU. For the moment though, in most of the EU countries, you still have to notify them you are living there and contribute to the economy by paying your taxes, but there are not many other barriers to working within the EU.

There are a few countries that make it very easy for anyone who wants to emigrate there. Singapore is a typical example of a country with high living standards, great education and health care and very little to stop you starting a new life within its boundaries. There are areas that are purely residential, and renting an apartment, as you can see from the toa payoh hdb hub, for example, is very easy and affordable, as well as being a great way to sample the delights of Singapore to let you decide if you want to settle there permanently.

Moving To Another City
For some people, moving to another city is just as far as being the other side of the world. They like their cost family life and do not want to lose it. Of course, if you are in another city in the UK, the rules and regulations will be pretty much the same, although there can be local bylaws you would not want to fall foul of.

Wherever you are asked to move to or choose to move to, there are a few things you need to consider before jumping in feet first.

Do The Rest Of The Family Agree?
If you are part of a family, you have to consider how the rest of them feel about the move. Of course, with children that depends a lot on their ages, and it is really only teenagers whose opinion you might have to consider. More importantly, if you have a partner, are they happy about the move. After all, their life will be affected as well.

Are You Excited About The New Job?
Do you think the new job will be a step in the right direction for your career prospects? Are you excited by the new challenges the job may provide? If you are looking forward to the new work then it is probably a good move, but if not you should stay where you are.

Where Will You Live?
Knowing this is vital. You cannot just up sticks with nowhere to go especially if you have children. You will want to know if the local schools are any good, what’s the commute to work going to be like, and if it is in one of the larger cities, can you afford to live there? Does the new location have leisure facilities, and if it is in another country, what is the climate like? What is the neighbourhood like?

There is so much to consider about the location you have been asked to move to, you really need to do some research before you make a final decision.

Who Will Pay The Moving Costs?
Moving home is expensive and time-consuming. Is your employer going to pay for you to be relocated? Even just a few miles away, it can cost many hundreds of pounds just for the removal company without anything else. If you are moving abroad it can cost thousands of pounds, and you may have to have the goods packed and sealed by the removal company for customs purposes. This all costs extra money.

Then there will be things like your existing curtains won’t fit the new property so you will have to buy new. As well as paying the actual moving costs, will they compensate you to cover expenses such as this?

Is The Company Sound?
You need to be certain that the company that is asking you to move is financially sound. If they are not, you could find yourself out of work in a strange city, and even worse in a strange country.

The welfare systems in some countries do not pay any benefits until you have been paying into the system for a couple of years at least, in some it is 5 years. You can get health care and access the education facilities, and although that is good, it is not much use if you cannot pay your rent. If you are still in the UK, you may qualify for benefits sooner and perhaps be nearer your extended family for some help as well.

What Are You Leaving Behind?
This is a serious consideration. Apart from the obvious of family and friends, what other things are in your life currently that you or the rest of the family will miss? Are there local activities that you do together perhaps, or local clubs you are members of? Think about this one hard and fast, because similar things might not be available in your new location.

How to Decide
The best way to attack this situation is to, first of all, ask lots of questions when the offer is made. Find out as much as you can about the new job, so there are no shocks when you start.

Then, if possible, spend a few days in the new city and see how you like the feel of it. Of course, it is always different being in a place as a visitor to living there, but generally, you will either love or dislike the location fairly quickly. Make a point of being up and about in the rush hour to see how busy it gets, check out the supermarkets and parks to see if you like the look of them.

Do your research on property rentals, schools, doctors and everything else a family needs.
When you have all the information you have gathered together, sit down a do a pro’s and con’s list. This should probably involve everyone who has any say in the final decision. Don’t leave anything to chance, it could be too late to sort once you have moved, so if new questions appear when you are compiling the list, find out the answers as soon as you can.

Relocation can be a big risk, but you can also reap big rewards if it works out.

Have A Back-Up Plan
Let’s assume that the family all agrees to the move, you have found somewhere to live and the expenses will all be paid. The company is a multinational so you know they are financially sound and the pro’s and cons list says you should be brave and take the chance. So, you make the move and 6 months later, for reasons beyond your control, it all goes wrong and you find yourself without a job, what happens then?

You should have a backup plan in place, especially if it was another country you moved to. It may be that you have all fallen in love with the new country and do not want to move back so you will need to find another job. You need to live in the meantime though. You should have an emergency fund to see you through, or enough to get you and the family back to the UK.

Of course, it will be easier if it goes wrong, and say, you moved from Birmingham to Gloucester, but you still need to know if you want to stay there if things do not work out and should have a clear plan on how you want to proceed.

If you think that you and your family will be happy in the new location, and you are confident about your new job, then you should take the opportunity and make the move. It could be the best decision you have ever made.

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