For many people, the lure of big cities is irresistible. They’ll leave their hometowns for the city to look for greener pastures or simply to discover the world out there. While there’s nothing wrong with this, many factors need to be taken into account before you make such life-changing decisions.
One of the first things you should look into when planning to relocate is the job market. Make sure there are plenty of employment opportunities in your field in the city you’re moving to. If you’re in the engineering field, for example, check out the listings for maintenance, field service, or design engineer jobs.
Better yet, leave for the city only when you’ve already accepted a job offer from a reputable company there.
Cost of living
It’s no secret that living in the city can be quite expensive. Space is at a premium in most big cities, so rent and housing prices are high. Added to this are the higher costs of food, transportation (gas, parking, and fares), mobile service, Internet access, entertainment, clothing, taxes, insurance payments, etc.
Even if the city job you accept is better paying, you have to ensure that it can cover the high cost of living in the city and then some.
Living in the city often means keeping up with the frenetic activities happening all around you. On a regular basis, you might have to contend with heavy traffic – vehicles and people alike – polluted air, and noise, among others. Your work environment will probably be fast-paced as well.
To avoid getting overwhelmed, you need to prepare yourself for this change of pace, even more so if you come from a small town.
There are still many other factors to consider when deciding to move to the city. And you need to take into account every single one of them, so you won’t find yourself regretting your decision.