You’ve been offered a job – but it involves moving to a new area (or possibly even a new country). Do you take it, or do you pass up the opportunity?
For many of us, this can be a hard decision to make. To help you make the right choice, here are some of the key things you should factor in.
Research into the job
First and foremost, you need to be sure that the job is worth it. Find out how much it will pay and what other benefits it offers. Then consider the type of duties you’ll be doing and whether there will be any compromises. It could be worth researching into the company to work out whether previous employees have enjoyed working there. It’s possible that you may have been given a job working for the same company but with a different branch – in this case, you may still want to do some research into this individual branch to see what customers and employees alike think.
Research into the area
Next, you need to be certain that the area is right for you. You can research what it’s like to live in certain locations online using guides such as this post on moving to Brisbane. Visiting the location in person could be worthwhile to get a strong feel for it. Some of the key factors to research may include the cost of living, the climate, the local attractions and amenities and the local culture. If you’re moving to a new country, you may even need to consider learning a new language, new laws and new customs.
Consider what’s best for your family
If you have a partner or kids, consider what they think of the move. If your partner has a steady job and your kids are in school, it may not be fair to uproot them. That said, if the opportunity is exciting enough, your family may be eager to make the move. Involve them in the decision-making process and make sure that it is a unanimous decision.
Consider the cost of moving
Moving long-distance can be a costly and stressful process. Make sure that you can afford a moving company (if you’re selling your current home and buying another home, you may also need to be able to afford a solicitor, a mortgage valuation and a down payment on your next property). Moving internationally is likely to be even more expensive and may also involve visas.
Consider what you’ll leave behind

Leaving friends and family behind can be one of the hardest parts of relocating. It can be particularly hard when moving to another country. That said, there are now so many ways to keep up communication long-distance from social media to video messaging. On top of your loved ones, consider whether you’ll be leaving behind a current home or a current job that you love. It’s possible that you may be eager to leave your current life behind and start fresh. Alternatively, you may be in a comfortable place and may lose a lot by moving.

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