Relocating Your Family For A New Job: Is It Worth It?
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Now and then, opportunities arise that make us think very hard about the decision we’re about to make. With regards to your career, there could come a time where you receive a job offer that stops you in your tracks. You don’t really know how to react, and there’s a big catch with the offer itself – you’ll need to relocate.
When you live alone, relocating for a job is a significantly easier decision than when you have a family. You don’t have as many responsibilities, and the decision is basically down to whether you want to move or not. Throw a spouse and some kids into the mix, and this decision is suddenly much tougher. You won’t just relocate yourself, you’ll relocate your entire family. How could you possibly know if this is something you should do or not?
Before accepting or rejecting the job offer, you need to ask yourself a series of questions that will help you discover if relocating is worth it or not.
How good is the job offer?
To start, how good is this new job offer? Will you be on a significantly better wage packet than before? Could your salary double in size if you accept this job? Clearly, if the offer is substantially better than your current job, it is well worth considering. Now, you have to weigh up the financial benefits of your new job with the potential downsides of moving to a new place. In all honesty, a lot rides on how good the offer is. If it isn’t that much better than what you’re already getting, why bother putting your family through a relocation ordeal?!
What type of job offer is it?
Likewise, think about the type of job offer you’re being given. In some situations, you may be offered a job as a sort of take-it-or-go scenario. This sounds harsh, but it often happens if companies relocate themselves. Your work might close its offices and relocate to a new one – or possibly merge with another branch. In any case, your current job may change or become non-existent, so they offer you a different one instead. If you say no, you’ll sadly have to leave.
This is different from a promotional offer where a new role is proposed for you in a new location. If you don’t take the job, you can carry on working in your current role. It’s a lot easier to turn down this type of job contract as you know you have the safety of your current job. But, if you’re given a take-it-or-go scenario, you have to think very hard about the consequences of not taking the job. How easy will it be to find a job similar to your old one where you live? If there are loads of offers out there, it might be better to reject the one in the different location and move to a new company in your area.
Where is the new job?
A pretty important question to ask, don’t you think?! Where will this new job take you and your family? If it’s to a city in the same state, then it suddenly isn’t as big of a deal. Yes, it’s still a big decision as your children will have to move schools, your spouse might need to find a new job, and so on. But, less work is required – and less of a cultural shift is seen – than if you move to a completely different state or country.
However, the state or country you move to might actually encourage you to take the job. Some places in the world offer great opportunities for education and employment, as well as being very safe. Malaysia is a great example of this, as is Singapore. In Malaysia, there are loads of opportunities for your spouse to get a well-paying job, along with plenty of great international schools for kids. Plus, they constantly have property developments like the Empire Damansara offering quality and affordable places for you to live. The same goes for Singapore, and Ireland is another country that’s a lot like this. So, if your job takes you to a country that’s better than your current one in every way or a different state, wouldn’t it make sense to accept the job offer?
Ultimately, it becomes a case of weighing your current state up against the new one. If you see the new come out on top, it’s a sign that this could be a blessing in disguise for you.
How long is the job contract for?
A very important thing to think about before you pack your family up and relocate. If the contract is for 12 months, should you bother relocating? You could argue that, financially and logistically, it makes more sense for you to go out there alone. You can travel back whenever possible to see your family, but they stay where they are. Of course, this only works if your partner is capable of handling things alone while you’re gone. Or, if they can get enough help around the house to manage things for a year.
Then, when the contract is up, you can return home and everything will be back to normal. If the contract is ongoing, then you will most likely have no choice but to move – should you accept the job. It’s something to keep in mind if you want to accept a job without relocating.
After asking yourself these questions, you’ll have a better idea as to whether this is a good idea or not. You’ll also have more to think about, such as what it means for your family if you move. How will your kids react to changing schools? If they’re young, it won’t be as big of a problem compared to if they’re teenagers. Similarly, how will your partner deal with relocating? If they don’t work, it might not be a big issue.
At the end of the day, you have to take everything into account to make a decision that will benefit your family. Sometimes, this means relocating for a new job. Other times, it means turning down the offer and staying where you are.
*This article is based on personal suggestions and/or experiences and is for informational purposes only. This should not be used as professional advice. Please consult a professional where applicable.