Tips for When Your Career Brings You to a New City
I always knew I would end up moving to New York to kickstart my career, but knowing that didn’t necessarily make the transition easy. Depending on what industry you end up in, it may be better to live in a city that isn’t the one you’re in. That’s clearly not the choice for everybody, but I always knew I would end up in the Big Apple since I was in college. It’s funny because while I originally thought leaving home wouldn’t be that hard for me, it was, but I’ve learned a lot since then. There are some ways you can make the transition a bit easier if you find yourself in this position. Here we go:
Make sure it’s what you want
You don’t have to do anything. If moving to a new city for your career feels like it’s what’s best for you, do it. If not, don’t. No two people take the same route in life, and that includes career-wise. If it’s not something you’re interested in, the last thing you want is to be miserable somewhere completely new and wanting to go back to the place you never wanted to leave in the first place. Find out what you can do where you are and tackle it.
If you’re ready to put yourself out there by moving to a new city, be confident in your next step. And double check that the opinion of others isn’t clouding your best judgement! Know what your goal is and keep that in mind as you get used to a new environment.
Do your research
Okay, so you’ve decided to make the move. What’s next? Look into what your new home will have to offer in all the things! You want to actually like where you live. When I knew I would be moving to New York, part of the reason I knew I would love it was because of all the experiences I would be able to have. Just for a second, put yourself in your new city. What would you do? Where would you eat? Where exactly would you be living? What’s public transportation or parking like?
Think of the answers to questions like this and make sure you’re happy with them.
Allow time to step into your new job
There can be such a rush that comes with all this, so take everything one step at a time. Your job is a huge part of why you’re there, so that can be a great place to start. Get used to the role and what your responsibilities are. After that it’ll be easier to focus on other things. That learning period can be different for everyone, but give yourself the space to immerse yourself in that to help things feel less chaotic.
Get out and explore
Figure out what your new home is all about! Find your favorite places to eat, visit a tourist attraction, and dive into all of the new and exciting experiences. It will help you feel more comfortable in the long run. Plus, you’ll feel more familiar with your surroundings.
Have you moved to a new city for your career or are you thinking about it? Let us know in the comments!