Is it worth moving for that job?

Is it a good idea to uproot so you can take a job you've been offered? Undoubtedly in some circumstances, the answer is yes. But it will all depend on the specific situation you're in. Consider these points, for example.

Can you afford it?

For something like an entry level waiting job, you might be financially much better off as a young person living with your parents if you stay at home where your living costs will be lower, rather than letting rent and bills eat into your wage elsewhere.

Something like waiting is one kind of job that comes up relatively often compared to many other roles, so it's quite possible you'll be able to find something similar that's closer to home.

Whatever kind of job you're moving for, one thing to take into account is whether cost of living will be higher in the place you're thinking of moving to.

A job that looks amazing, and offers a similar wage to that you're getting in the north of England, for example, will work out as far less lucrative in London where the cost of living is much higher.

Check how much house prices or rent will be in areas you're likely to live in if and when you make that move, being sure to add commuting costs on top of this if you will have a journey to make to work.

Just how special is that job?

The chances are that if you are thinking of moving because of a job – especially if you're moving to a whole new part of the country – it will be because it's something special, that you don't think you'll be able to get locally.

There may be times when you simply know something is the job for you, and it's definitely worth relocating for. But even if it feels like this is the case, take care to weigh-up all the pros and cons, and if you're unsure, double check how likely it is that something similar might come up closer by.

The long game 

Is this a job you're going to be in for a while – or that you can see leading to other things in the same location? It might not be worth moving for something you'll only be doing for a short time, unless it really is an experience like nothing you'll be able to find at home.

Who else is effected?

When you have kids who will have to move too, and a partner who might have to get a whole new job, things can become that bit tricker. It goes without saying that you'll talk things through with these people and see what they think, making this part of your decision. 

Do you like the area?

Towns and cities vary more than we sometimes think. Once you've moved somewhere new, it's bound to have a big impact on your life, so take into account whether you actually like the place your potential new job is located – and whether it offers you the things you look for in a location.

Berkeley Scott provides specialist advice and support to help you with your career in hospitality 

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