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How To Decide Whether To Accept A Job In Another Area

Joanna Clare

Most towns and cities within the UK are classed as diverse which means that there will be people from different ethnic backgrounds but there will invariably be a mixture of people from different parts of the UK too.

In days gone by people generally tended to stay in the particular area that they were raised in but now it is not unusual at all to travel and live and work in several different parts of the country, or even the world.

Everyone’s individual circumstances will be unique. However, if you are offered a job in another area here are six basic tips to help you decide if it is right for you.  Moving home or accepting a new job can be an extremely stressful time. It is a big decision and one that you need to take your time with.

You may have to get used to being away from family and friends and although of course, you can visit each other, how would you feel being away from them for perhaps prolonged periods of time? If you are married, in a serious relationship or have children, are they happy to relocate also and what would the impact be for them?

How expensive is the area compared to where you are right now? If it is much cheaper then it will be easier to rent/buy a home and you can still maintain your standard of living at a lower cost. However, if the area is more expensive, you will have to weigh up if you could actually afford to live there without tightening your belt somewhat.

Maybe you could accept the job and continue living where you are. This would mean commuting into work and with that comes travelling times and the associated costs.

Would you be better off financially by accepting a new job once you have figured everything out or would it benefit you in a different way by giving you valuable experience which in turn may lead to promotion and becoming more financially stable?

Is the job a temporary or permanent role? The money may be attractive but if the role is for a one year  contract with no guarantee of a continuation then you must consider if it is worth moving away and what you would do when the job contract ends. What are the prospects if it is a permanent position?

Do you know anything about the area that the new job is in? Do some research into the area and if possible, visit as much as you can at different times of the week and make an effort to chat to the locals because they know the area better than anyone. This will give you a feel for the place and will help you make your decision.

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