This is the big question one has to ask when looking at a new job: is relocation an option for me?
First of all, you have to ask yourself, “Is this new job going to advance my career?” If the answer is yes then comes the question, “But, can I get a similar job close to where I currently live?” If the answer to the second question is yes then it should be a no brainer–there is no need to relocate.
If the answer is no and you have to look further afield for employment and job advancement then a new question arises: “Will this have a negative impact on my family?” (Unless you are single or already far from “home.”) No dependents will make it easier to pack up your stuff and move–what have you got to lose? If it doesn’t work out, just pack up your stuff again and go back to your old stomping grounds.
A different approach is needed if a family is involved, however. Questions like: “How might this relocation affect my family? Will the kids fit in to the new environment well? Will they make new friends at school?” If your answers are affirmative to these, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pack up and go.
Some of the jobs and benefits that are being offered by some employers today are far better than they ever have been. Some jobs are even classified as being “fly in fly out” or FIFO. This is when you live where you like and the employer transports you to the worksite and then gets you home again the same way.
With FIFO jobs, sure you can be away from family for some extended periods of time but you make your work colleagues your “family” while you are away working. You work alongside these people and you socialize with them, too.
The answer to this perplexing question will be different for everyone but as the old saying goes, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Good luck out there!