Published on 12th June 2019
Relocating can be one of the most rewarding things anyone can do but equally, it can be an absolute disaster if not done right. Over the last 2 years, I have relocated twice with mixed success and I wanted to pass on some advice to anyone that is considering this potentially life-changing decision.
Make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons
The first piece of advice I can give anyone thinking of relocating is to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. I once left a job that I loved, a city that I loved, some of my closest friends and moved somewhere I had never been to before for a girl (cliché I know!). Safe to say it didn’t plan out very well.
Looking back on that decision, my heart was never fully in it and because of this I never settled well both personally and professionally and fundamentally wasn’t happy with the fact that I “had to” move (sorry to anyone in Norwich reading this, you know I love you guys).
Seek out Personal Connections in the area
The second piece of advice I can give you is that make sure you have connections in the area that you have decided to move to, whether it be friends, family or hobbies you can get involved in. I moved to London almost 2 years ago now and I can happily say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. We spend the majority of our time in the workplace and whilst my decision was based on professional development, I ensured that I knew people in the area and had things to do outside the 9-5 (or in my case, 8:30 – 6).
Overall, I would 100% recommend relocating but only as long as the reasoning is right, and you have looked at every aspect of the move, not just from a work point of view.
Many people say that London is the centre of the Finance world in the UK, but many finance professionals may be daunted by the prospect of moving to the City and experiencing an entirely different working culture, pace of life and cost of a pint (the latter certainly scared me).
However, with companies increasingly moving their entire Finance teams to regional locations (Thames Valley and the Midlands specifically), there is now an abundance of exciting opportunities away from where we traditional think the “money is.”
If you are contemplating a move or just want some advice on your job hunt, please do get in touch. Here at Ambition we speak to people on a daily basis and try and give them impartial advice on potential moves, whether it be from business to business or to an entirely different location.
Oh and the last piece of advice, don’t go out with someone in the RAF!!