Before you pack up all your belongings and jump onto the next train to some random location or if you’ve already made up your mind and think that relocating isn’t for you, just take a few minutes to read through this blog before you rush into making any kind of decision.
A fresh start
Whilst you’ve been studying at university for the last few years, you’ve likely been living away from home in a shared accommodation or you’ve been living in the comfort of your parents or guardians’ home. In either case, relocating for a job isn’t quite the same thing.
For starters, unlike university; you won’t be in the same boat as everyone around you, you’ll learn to be more independent and you’ll be without that much needed student loan. What you will have, is the chance to start a clean slate, meet new people, experience a different culture and most importantly be yourself – however cringey that may sound.
Obviously, the thought and process of relocating is quite daunting, but it will certainly take you out of your comfort zone and boost your chances of kickstarting your future career.
It may or may not come as a surprise to know that most graduate opportunities can be found in the big cities of the UK, and the world in general, with roles available in large corporations to small and medium sized businesses. If you make yourself more flexible to work in different locations, your chances of employment will undoubtably increase.
Don’t pass up an opportunity just because you’re afraid of relocating, think about whether the role will benefit your career progression in the long run before turning it down. You don’t want to pass on an offer and then live to regret it.
At G2V, there is always room for organic growth since we only ever promote internally. We believe in giving talented graduates like you an equal opportunity to progress in your career as quickly as possible. Unlike other industries, at G2V there is no-one standing in your way.
Relocating could see you reap the rewards financially. According to a study by CV-Library, places like Glasgow and London showed the highest graduate salaries of £26,195 and £25,909.
Many of our graduate recruitment consultants at G2V have relocated since graduating and find themselves working in major cities across the UK and overseas; with some earning upwards of £40k within their first year and twice as much in their second, due to our commission structure and earning potential.
You’ll stay social
If you’re worried that the days of enjoying the nightlife and dabbling in different clubs and societies will be over if you relocate, worry not.
As we pointed out before, you will meet new people through work and perhaps through the area you’ll live in. Most work environments run social events or arrange monthly nights out, so you’ll still get the chance to stay social.
One of our core values at G2V is social environment; meaning you work alongside likeminded, ambitious and social individuals in an energetic and social environment. Those who put the work in don’t go unnoticed either. Our monthly lunch club events held at Michelin start restaurants and luxury holidays held throughout the year, are some of the many benefits and incentives that we offer.
Some key considerations
If by now you’re convinced that relocating sounds like the best plan ever or if you’re still unsure whether it’s the right move for your future, we advise you take into account these key considerations.
- Where will you relocate to?
You might have already been offered a job that sounds amazing, but it’s located somewhere you have little knowledge of. Perhaps you’re thinking of applying for a role that’s a fair distance from where you currently live and you’re unsure what that place will be like. Or maybe you just fancy moving to a certain location.
If any of these scenarios are the case, research or even visit the area to see what you really think. Are there places to go out and socialise? Can you join any local clubs or societies? Where’s the nearest supermarket? These are the types of questions you should consider.
Also, if the employer, at the interview stage or before you accept the job, gives you the chance to ask any questions, you could simply ask them about what it’s like living in the area, they’ll be able to give you some words of reassurance.
- Can you afford it?
Like we mentioned earlier, now that you’ve graduated you don’t have the luxury of a student loan to help you out and currently your funds may be a little low. If you do have a job lined up, ask yourself whether your salary will cover the costs of accommodation. If you can, ask your family and friends for help with this too.
If you can commute from your current home to work, maybe do this for a bit and save up some money towards a property. Judge this carefully, consider the cost of travelling and the time it takes for you to get to your new job. A couple of hours two and from work five days a week may seem doable, but it could take its toll on you after a while.
CV-Library made a good list of the best UK cities for graduates to live and work in. This covers important queries, like the cost of rent, average salary and average disposable income. Another fun fact, six of the 10 cities mentioned in the list are locations where G2V operates.
- Who and what are you leaving behind?
Leaving home or your hometown is not an easy thing to do and can be quite scary. You could be leaving behind friends and family who you’re used to seeing on a regular basis. Think about whether you’d be able to cope with that.
Also, remember that this is about you and your future. Your friends and family will likely have their own plans, they might decide to relocate and move away in the future as well. Don’t forget that this is the 21st Century and you can stay in touch and arrange meetups with your friends and family pretty easily, no matter where in the world you are.
It’s worth writing a list of the pros and cons that come to mind when considering the idea of relocating, it’s certainly something that needs some serious thought. Do some preparation, have a back-up plan and go from there.