If you have been offered the opportunity to relocate with work, you are probably feeling really excited. A new city, new team mates and new challenges will await you after you relocate. But relocating for work can be a big decision to make – especially if it’s moving to an office overseas. Check out our top five tips on relocating for work to ensure you make the right career move.
One of the first things you need to do before you accept a position is to research the area you are potentially moving to. If your employer has offices across the globe then you may have visited the area before on a work meeting, but if you are seriously considering moving your entire life to the destination then you should do some further research. Find out about the local area through contacts who have been there, do some research online and, if you are able to, visit the area a few times in person before you commit to a move. Check out the local coffee shops and social hangouts, look into accommodation prices, inspect your potential office location and find your nearest supermarket. Doing all of this will help you to visualise your life within the area and can help you decide whether it’s the right move for you.
Speak to Colleagues
One of the best ways to get to know the area is by speaking to your colleagues who already live there. Ask your colleagues working in the office you are potentially moving to what they think of the local area and what working life is like. You may find that the office is completely different to the one you are already working in. Whether it’s a lot smaller or has hundreds more staff working there, you need to know what the working atmosphere is going to be like to decide whether it’s the right working environment for you.
Know Your Options
You should speak to your manager about the progression opportunities within your potential new role. It’s likely that the company operates a universal progression plan and so the new position may be very similar to your current one. But ask about progression opportunities, salary and career prospects to weigh up whether it’s worth relocating.
Attending networking events can help you to get to know the area and the colleagues you will be working with. Whether it’s attending an official networking event, joining in on a staff event or asking to visit the office for an informal chat – try to get to know the people you’ll be working with and the clients you may be handling.
Take Your Time
Relocating is a big decision so you shouldn’t rush it. Ask your boss how long you have to decide on whether you are taking the position or not and take your time to assess the offer. Speak to your existing colleagues and friends to ask their opinion and weigh up the pros and cons of a move before you accept.