Outwards and onwards, am I right?
The other day I was chatting with my last intern, Logan, check out her blog here, and we were talking about how weird post-graduation can be. More specifically we were chatting about whether it’s better to look for jobs locally or just screw it and apply for a dream job, in another city.
Hmm, good question right!? & maybe this is something you are currently struggling with, and trust me I get it. It can all seem so daunting. So I’m here to give you 7 tips on moving away from your hometown after college,
1. Remember it’s not permanent. – I think so many people put pressure on having to move away, but really it’s all always temporary. Let’s say you move and you ABSOLUTELY HATE IT. Worst case scenario right? Then you apply for a transfer, look for a job closer to where you want to be (now that you have a corporate experience you might get that job) and just know nothing lasts forever. Matt & I are in Dallas for only two years, so even though I wasn’t thrilled about the location, I went because guess what two years goes by sooooo quickly.
2. Starting from the bottom – It’s hard to get a job when you are fresh out of college with no experience, so don’t sweat it if nothing is falling in your lap. Now is the time to travel, experience new regions and get outside of your bubble. Don’t stress yourself out about getting the perfect location right off the bat.
3. Don’t sweat the logistics – Don’t worry about the small stuff, it will all fall into place. Moving even down the street is overwhelming so it’s natural to get stressed out about moving to a new city or region, but you can tackle the logistics one issue at a time.
4. Finding an apartment – the biggest question I get asked is how did Matt & I find an apartment in a city we’d never been to. Here is where Google comes in, I knew where Matt’s office was located so I went to Pinterest and Google to look up the towns around his office. I found a town I liked with a cute historic district and looked up apartments from there. Matt asked around at work, and someone recommended the apartment complex we live in now.
5. No strings attached – now is the time to try a new city and aim for that dream job, because you have no strings attached. No kids, no house, no mortgage; just you and maybe a pet or two. If you had to pick up and move, now’s the time to get it out of your system.
6. View it as an opportunity – so much about moving away from your hometown can be daunting but Matt & I view it as an opportunity. Every weekend we aim to discover a new city, town or tastes of Dallas. This weekend we visited local rescue horse farms, and just took in the rolling hills of west Texas. View moving with positivity and excitement.
7. Be Grateful – the fact that you’ve graduated college and are on the hunt for a job is something to be grateful for. Some people don’t have the opportunity to go to college and some people will never have the opportunity to move, so view your situation with gratitude and things will start to fall into place.
I hope this post helped either calm your nerves about moving, or inspired you to consider it. Be patient with job call backs, it’s a slow process and I can remember my friends sweating it out to the end. Just keep plugging along and enjoy! xx Aubrey
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