So, you feel like nothing is going your way. You’ve tried and tried, by you’re stuck. You start to think that your scenery just isn’t conducive to you making any progress, so you decide to change your scenery. You decide to relocate. Well, how do you make it happen?
I relocated from Virginia to North Carolina a little over a year and a half ago. I had a sister here and would stay with her until I had a job that allowed me to afford my own place–this was the only ‘plan’ I had. I had done some job searching, but I had nothing lined up before my arrival. I had no idea how long it would take me to get on my feet. I had no idea how hard it would be to even land an apartment. Would I recommend relocation to anyone? Absolutely. I would recommend you plan ahead to make the transition easier.
If you can land a job before relocating, please do. I had no problem finding a job, but it would have been better if I’d landed a job that I knew would make living affordable. With a better paying job from the start, I would not have had to spend so much time living in someone else’s house. Aside from the job, I also recommend you having some kind of savings. The little savings I had allowed me to pay for my storage unit back home, my phone bill, and some of my student loans. Sometimes relocation is a matter of urgency and you don’t have time to plan it out. Just plan ahead and prepare as much as you can, and don’t let it hold you back from actually making that move.
In hindsight, the only thing I would’ve done differently was that extra preparation. I won’t sugar coat it, the four months I spent transitioning to get on my feet were the most stressful and uncertain of my whole life. Relocating is NOT easy, but as stressful as the experience was, relocating was one of the best choices I ever made. The next time I relocate, I’ll be a bit wiser.