Considering a relocation as part of your career change? Here are some steps to take first.
— Do as much research as possible before selling or renting your home. Narrow down your selections to lifestyle and type of town, rather than state.
— Take several short trips while you are still working at your current jobs. The travel costs may seem high, but you will make a wiser decision when you’re not under pressure. In the long run you will save far more than you spend. Visit at least three places before making a commitment.
— Investigate job opportunities at your destination city. Your opportunities and options vary depending on your industry and your level. As a rule of thumb, the higher you are in an organization, the more you need to plan ahead.
— If you’re going to seek a job or start your own business, you’ll need to study the local culture. When I lived in a small town in New Mexico, many newcomers were surprised at the formal and informal customs regarding business and jobs. Some enjoyed exciting opportunities; others became frustrated and left, realizing they paid a high price for learning.
— Considering starting a portable career, such as an online business. These days you can’t assume that any career field will bring opportunities; even if jobs are available, local culture will influence working conditions.
— If you’ve saved enough for at least two years of living expenses, and you’d like to travel for a year or so, then consider the time off a sabbatical. You can always decide you won’t come back.
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