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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Another City For a Job

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Moving to another city is challenging, especially when you're transitioning to a city that you aren't familiar with for a job. The anxiety of not knowing how to navigate in a new space is definitely one of the more challenging experiences to face all while balancing your emotions of starting a new role at the same time. But it isn't impossible and young professionals, like yourself, do it all the time.

We spoke with a few individuals who have moved around for employment opportunities and have the advice to offer to those of you who may be in a similar transition in your lives. Continue reading to learn what they would've liked to know as transplants in a new city.

1. Researching the city should be step one.

Most major cities are similar regarding public transportation, education, etc. but it's important to do your research on the nuances of the city that you are moving to. Some cities shut down at earlier times. Some cities don't have efficient public transportation systems. It's crucial for transplants to understand these details before arriving in a new city.

2. You will experience a culture shock.

Different cities, although they may be in the same country, have very different cultures, people, and ways of living. Appreciate what the city has to offer before you judge and make sure that you are at least trying to "walk the walk." Ask questions, support local restaurants, and don't expect your new city to be like your old one.

3. Finding new friends is hard.

You will have to put yourself out there and network. I know, networking is hard, but it is a strong skill that will lead to success on many levels, especially if you are in a new city. It's a smart way to begin your new journey. Of course, you'll have your co-workers, but there are endless opportunities and it's imperative that you take advantage of meeting new people.

4. Cost of living varies.

This is super important because not all cities are created equal when it comes to the cost of living, which is why it's important to understand the cost of living before you even negotiate your salary. It might even be worth it to research the cost of living at the beginning of your interview process, so you can discern what you should be asking for during the negotiation stage.

5. The adjustment will be difficult, but you got this under control.

You might feel lonely, bored, or overwhelmed, but remember, change is good. Let yourself be open-minded to new adventures and creating new memories. Give the new city a chance. At least, a year. You can say that you tried if it doesn’t work out in the end, but make sure you give it your best effort.

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