It’s finally fall and a noticeable change is in the air.
Along with the changing of the seasons, perhaps you are looking at some personal and professional changes as well.
Maybe you’re fresh out of grad school and looking for new employment, or you’re interested in pursuing other educational opportunities elsewhere. Or maybe you just want a clean start in a new place. Whatever the motive, exciting things await!
If you’re pondering a move to another city, you’ll want to consider these factors to make moving to a new city easier than you might expect — in other words, so you can move “like a boss.”
People move for various reasons, but quality of life ranks right up there. Although each person’s definition of quality of life is different, according to one definition, “livability” means that the accessibility to needs and services contributes to someone’s overall well-being. Put another way, the community you desire offers economic prosperity, walkability, public transportation, recreational opportunities, natural environments, and affordable housing, among other things.
The vibe is super important, too. Do you want to surround yourself with like-minded people? Do you want mountain bike trails and farmer’s markets? Make sure the city or town offers the perspective you want. Different vibes take you to different places.
For example, if you’re a ski bum, love deep pow, super cold winters, and don’t mind working three jobs because of the high cost of living, small resort towns, like Aspen or Jackson Hole, might be your key to good quality of life. On the other hand, if you prefer a more urban setting and more temperate climates, cities like Austin or Tucson, might be more your speed. There are a bunch of things people consider before making the big move.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the reasons why people relocate are less attributable to livability and instead broken down into four categories: housing (48 percent), family (30 percent), jobs (19 percent) and other (2 percent).
Housing is a big deal for almost half of movers. More desirable neighborhood, better homes, and wanting to own instead of rent are the main reasons people relocate. Before opting for a change of scenery, it’s a good idea to look at livability.com for its annual list of Best Places to Live.
Some people decide to go straight into their career of choice after getting their undergraduate degree. Others want to jump into getting a master’s to continue their higher education (which may be a good choice considering that 21.7 percent or more jobs will require a graduate degree by 2020, according to the Washington Post). Some of the fastest growing careers, such as school counselor and nurse practitioner, require a master’s degree.
After completing an undergraduate degree, the “next steps” are a huge factor in where you decide to land to pursue a masters. Where you decide to apply for graduate school not only depends on your career aspirations but also on the bigger picture: Do I like this city?
If you’re going to attend college or a university, you’ll not only take advantage of the classes and educational track, you’ll have access to everything the school has to offer, such as cultural and sporting events.
Those student loans aren’t going to magically pay themselves, so it’s time to get real about moving for a job.
Millennials are seizing the day by shifting to major cities for work. In fact, about a million cross state lines every year. Some move to urban hubs with a great work-life balance, some to where the commute times are shorter, and others to where the job market is thriving. The big cities, such as New York, San Francisco and Austin, are where the fastest-growing jobs are in healthcare and technology, for example.
If you’re worried about the cost of moving, some jobs offer relocation packages to ease the financial burden. If they don’t, be sure to ask. The worst they can say is no. It also may be possible to deduct moving expenses on your taxes, depending on your specific situation.
Check out the local newspaper, read local blogs, visit the city to soak it in, and research housing. Explore the neighborhoods, walk through them, and talk to people. Each city has a different cost of living and vibe. Be sure it aligns with your values … and your paycheck.
If you plan on mastering the job, you’ll want to master your surroundings with just as much gusto. Moving is super stressful, but don’t lose sight of the fact that it can be positive and exciting, especially if you’re relocating for that awesome job you’ve been wanting for a long time. Listen to your gut, become fearless, follow your heart, and enjoy your new life.
Guest Blog: Avery Phillips