Here at Workbridge, we sometimes place candidates who, while excited about their new jobs, are still a little weary about being alone in a new city (namely, Boston).
If you’re just getting started in your career, now is the time to pack your bags and move. When a good opportunity lies in a place where you might not see yourself in the long run, seriously consider taking it anyway, because it might work for now. Leaving behind friends and family is always difficult but it’s imperative to remember that they will (or, should) always be there in the end. A good job opportunity, on the other, probably won’t stick around.
Our recruiters have all faced similar issues, and are understanding of dilemmas like these. When considering a job away from home, ask yourself the following:
- Does an opportunity of equal value and quality exist back home?
- If I go, what am I losing permanently? / If I stay, what am I losing permanently?
- Is this position going to act as a stepping-stone in my career, even if I don’t intend to be here for the next ten years?
- For example, might this company be willing to put me through graduate school?
- Does this company have offices in other cities?
- Is it a reputable company that will boost my resume and experience?
Most importantly, have enough faith in yourself to believe that you’ll be able to build a new network of friends wherever you go. In Boston specifically, there are tons of meet-up groups where you can socialize with people who have similar interests as you. For example:
If you've been so inspired by this blog post that you feel like getting out there ASAP, go ahead and RSVP to our "Big Data in the Real World" event, taking place at the Microsoft NERD Center on July 25th at 6:30 PM.
(Also keep in mind that even if you don't want to "meetup" about tech, there are tons of other groups that involve things like the environment, fitness, politics, literature, film, new-age spirituality, paranormal activity, animals, sci-fi, social groups, and more!)