Relocating for work can be one of the most exhilarating – and overwhelming things we ever do. Follow our guide to reduce stress – whether you’re switching careers or just swapping locations – and ensure you make your move a positive one.
1. Align with Your Goals
Relocating for work is a major decision that should not be made lightly. That said, you could end up regretting it if you let a great opportunity pass. One way to ensure you’re making the right choice is to look at the move alongside your long-term goals – both in your career and personal life. Is this a step in the right direction, or could it set you back? The Life Wheel is a really simple tool that will help you see if your life right now is balanced or stuck in a rut. It covers aspects of wellbeing such as career, finances, friendships, family life and personal growth. After all, success in your career is just one aspect of a happy and harmonious life.
2. Create a Plan and a Budget
The costs of moving can quickly stack up, particularly when moving overseas or selling your home. The average cost of moving for UK homeowners has now reached £11,000, so it’s safe to say that you can’t start planning too early! This great tool helps you estimate your moving costs when selling or buying property as part of the move. One of the benefits of Brexit is a potential freeze on UK house prices which could make now a great time to buy in the UK. However, it’s an uncertain time to buy property abroad if you’re relocating to Europe. Whatever your circumstances, try to save at least month’s wages as a contingency on top of your moving costs – this will help while you wait for your new salary to come through.
3. De-Clutter Your Home
Relocating is the perfect time for a fresh start. Why not get going early with a good clear out? Lighten your load as soon as you can in your relocation journey, and it will ease the stress of moving. Clearing out storage containers is a proactive way to start working towards your move – plus it could free up some much needed cash. Could you sell some of your unwanted things and raise funds to help with the move? Sometimes the relocation process can seem slow. This a great activity to keep you motivated and excited about your move while you wait.
4. Familiarise Yourself with the Area
One of the most enjoyable and essential aspects of your relocation journey is scoping out your new area to get a feel for the culture and lifestyle you’re about to move into. If you can, it’s better to visit the area in person. If not, there are plenty of online resources to get you better acquainted with your new locale. Use Reddit for specifics on the important things, from the top local schools to the best weekend activities near your new home.
5. Get Help and Reconnect
You may be moving away from many of your friends and family, but are you actually moving closer to other important people in your life? If so, now is the time to reconnect and make plans to meet soon after moving. It is so comforting to see a familiar face when you’re in a new place. Another great way to make your move seem less daunting is to involve friends and family. Friends, parents and siblings will appreciate being a part of the process, and they will be just as excited as you are. They might also offer practical help – from packing boxes to researching your new area – a huge bonus as you get busier.
6. Organise Your Paperwork
Start to collate your important paperwork right at the beginning of your relocation journey, such as birth certificates, medical records, insurance documents and identification. This will save you from having to frantically rummage through boxes at the other end of your move.
7. Get Help from Your Employer
Your new employer may offer some financial or practical assistance for your move. Talk to your recruitment agent about what you can expect in terms of help. Is there a relocation assistance policy? Some employers will reimburse all or part of their employees’ relocation expenses. And why not create some competition? If you’re weighing up two job offers, a better relocation package might just tip the scales, and you could use it to negotiate a better deal.
8. Be Wary of Brexit
This is an uncertain time for Brits to move to Europe for work, and vice versa. No member state has ever left the EU before, and while things are fairly stable for the next two years or so, it is uncertain what rights Brits will have to work in European countries once the UK officially leaves the EU. This is set to happen by no later than April 2019. What happens after that will depend on what deal the UK strikes with the EU under Article 50.
“[The] Brexit vote throws into serious doubt the rights of UK expats to work in EU countries,” says George Peretz QC, an expert in EU law. “Everything depends on the arrangements that the UK enters into with the EU after withdrawal.” [Source: BBC News].
If you do decide to make the move, do your research and be prepared for things to change in a couple of years.