When we do not live in an industry hub, getting a dream job looks difficult. In some fields, making a move is mandatory. Apart from it, unsatisfactory employee benefits let us search for better job opportunities in other cities and countries.
Unfortunately, many of us get impressed with the basic job package. We ignore things like living costs, education, and, most importantly, income taxes. Thus, we end up making the wrong decision.
If you are in the same situation, jot down the below points to decide if relocation is the right decision:
- Cost of Living
Living cost is one of the basic things for consideration. It includes rent, taxes, food, clothing, education, etc. Whether you are moving with family or going as an individual, you need a place to live in. Shared and one-bedroom studio apartments are comparatively cheap than proper houses. So, you will calculate the cost of living as per your family size.
Furthermore, metropolitan cities usually have a high cost of living. But, salaries in these cities are also high. If you look for cities where the living cost is low, the population will also be less, and so are the salaries. Apart from it, amusement and educational facilities will be limited.
If you have already got an offer from the main city, check out what you will get after deducting the living cost. This will give you a base for your decision.
- Moving Cost
Though it is a one-time cost, we cannot ignore it. Many of us have a limited budget, and having some savings is essential when moving to a new place. Ideally, you should have an expense of at least three months when relocating.
The basic moving cost will again depend on your family size. Besides this, if you are taking some extra luggage, it will cost you. Distance, time of the year, and choice of airline also matter in international relocation.
- Career Growth
If you think that growth opportunities are commendable in a new city, you are good to go. Some individuals initially live in cities with minimum facilities, extreme temperatures, and less population. Then, they transfer to the main city after a few years. So, if you find good growth opportunities in a specific city, it is not essential to get settled in that specific city initially.
However, if the job is of average level and the living cost is more than 80% of it, there is no use in making a move. For instance, Canada has a high demand for engineers, accounting experts, and doctors. Individuals from these fields can find massive growth opportunities in main cities.
- Climate and Culture
If you are moving to a new country, there will be a huge difference in climate, culture, traditions, and values. For instance, Canada is famous for its extremely cold temperature. Cities like Alberta, Quebec, Winnipeg, etc., have an extreme cold throughout the year. Many individuals submitted their profiles in the Express Entry Canadian Program. Some of them rejected the offers from extreme cold cities due to climate difficulties.
Checking out the cultural values is also important. It will give you an idea about the people living there. If you have adjustability issues, this is the right time to decide.
- Impact on Personal Relationships
Commonly, only high-level jobs make you eligible to apply for family visas. Individuals from these positions earn well, and they are in a position to support their families. However, in entry-level and medium-level jobs, it becomes difficult to live with the family.
Thus, the spouse and the kids need to stay in the home country. So, decide if you are ready to live without your family? Additionally, if the kids get above 18 years old living in a home country, they won’t be able to get citizenship.
Relatives and friends will also be far. You need to miss all the hangouts and family gatherings. It will become even more difficult if the culture of the new country is different. You will miss all the festivals, exhibitions, and entertainment.
So, if you are getting a competitive offer in which you can afford the living cost and call your family easily, make a move. However, if bearing all these challenges look difficult to you, do not relocate. You can still find international remote working jobs or search for other locations. Do not give up!