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Relocation considerations

Many of us have been there. It’s your senior year, and you’re applying for various jobs, some of which are located right here in Columbus, while others are what seem to be quite far away-or maybe you already have a job offer and are debating the possibility of moving to a new city.

Location of a job is undoubtedly an important part of any decision, but we often tend to make it bigger than it should be. In fact, studies show that those who move away from their “comfort” zone tend to be more successful socially and professionally- whether this means moving geographically or internally within a company. It’s scary, it’s the unknown, and being unfamiliar with a place or role increases your vulnerability.

Here are a few things to consider when weighing your decision (to relocate):

  • Access the NACE Salary Calculator to help you determine how your salary will vary depending on the city in which you choose to live. NACE Salary Calculator 
  • Reference cost-of-living calculators as well to see how far your salary will go in another city (taking into account things like groceries, housing costs, utilities, transportation, and more).  CNN Money Cost-of-Living Calculator
  • Use the Internet to find city guides and demographic information about the location. For example, what percentage of the city is made up of young professionals?  US City Guide
  • Use LinkedIn to connect with OSU alumni that are currently living in that city. They may be able to give you honest advice and ideas on the best areas to live in your 20’s! Alumni Networking Advice
  • Get involved. This is extremely important in order to assimilate yourself from the beginning. This may mean joining a local young professionals club, participating in company-wide intramurals, or even asking a co-worker to grab lunch. I cannot stress just how important this is- it will allow you to gain a true sense of comfort from the start and make valuable connections professionally and personally.

So, weigh the pros and cons of your offer. You may find that moving to a new city might not be as much of a con as you once thought.

“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough.”
-Kristine K. Stevens

About the author

Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins was a previous Graduate Administrative Associate with Engineering Career Services.