Welcome to our new series, grads! With many colleges hosting graduations throughout the country, we thought it’d be a perfect time to regroup on a whole bunch of topics to tackle post-grad and ensure a successful transition period. With post-grad comes. a lot of unknown territories – many friends are moving across the country, students are pursuing graduate school, others are seeking a full-time job or already have one secured… and everyone is truly on their own unique path! So, we’ll start with relocating after graduation. If this sounds like something you’re interested in or planning on doing, keep reading to find out our reasons as to WHY you should consider this option!
- Developing Independence: While college is undoubtedly a phenomenal resource that allows students to experience independence for the first time, living on your own in a different city will provide even more opportunities for maturity and growth. Likely, you will be placing yourself in an environment without the cushion of dozens of friends, familiar professors and buildings, and even restaurants and coffee shops! For that reason, you may find yourself with new, unexpected responsibilities and opportunities: navigating grocery shopping, finding outlets of relaxation, new exercise routes or studios, seeking new friendships or mentors, etc. This is an amazing time to put your skills to the test!
- Dream Company: At least in my experience, I’ve found that some of my “dream” companies are located solely in California, New York, Austin, etc. So, if leaving your hometown may allow you to pursue your absolute dream role, this is the time to do so! Not only will working for a company that you’re passionate about make the time you spend in a city more enjoyable and fun, but it may allow you to explore an area of the U.S. that you hadn’t even previously considered!
- New Start: A super normal feeling that comes with college graduation is some time to reevaluate your current satisfaction with the people who you surround yourself with. While not necessarily bad, it’s completely reasonable to feel as though you’ve outgrown your close circle, or that you’re in the market for a refresh. Moving to a new location will undoubtedly help you immerse yourself in a new culture and therefore surround yourself with people different and similar to yourself. Refreshing your social circle after graduation is a phenomenal reason to explore a new city, state, or region of the U.S. and beyond!
- Temporary Commitment: More now than ever before, companies are developing and offering rotational programs for graduates post-college. Accepting a role of this sort will provide you with an exceptional measure of testing out a new city with an expiration date in mind. One year, two years, or even a few months from now, you’ll be able to reassess your contentment with a city and potentially even relocate again!
- Affordable Living: Our last tip to consider if you’re in the market for moving is the cost of living and how it fluctuates across the country. Take NYC for example, the amount of space in your living situation will be far less than probably any other city due to the average cost of the rent. And more so, other cities may offer different income tax expectations, transportation costs, proximity to airports (to continue travel or visit home!), and other expenses you might not consider. We encourage you to conduct a quick search online to measure the cost of cities against one another to find the best fit for you and your anticipated salary.
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