As soon as college is over, real life begins. If you cannot find a good job in your own city, then there will inevitably come a day when you will have to make the tough decision to move to another city. But moving to a new city where you have never lived before can be challenging. It takes a lot of planning and organizing to uproot from one city to the next.
Here are 5 moving tips for college graduates:
1. Decide where you want to move:
Unless you have already made up your mind to move to a certain city for family, friends or employment, start by creating a shortlist of cities you would like to live in. Rank the cities according to job opportunities, the cost of living, family and friends, environment and climate – according to your order of preference. Based on your ranking, decide where you want to move.
2. Start looking for a job:
The main reason new college graduates want to move to a new city is for employment opportunities. Once you have decided where you want to move, start looking for a job. Apply for as many jobs as you find suitable for your qualification and skills. Don’t wait until you have moved. The sooner you can find employment in your new city, the easier life will be for you.
3. Find a place to live:
One of the hardest parts of moving to a new city is finding the right place to live. Your search should be based on proximity to your workplace, ease of access (by car, bus or train), cost of living (house, rent, groceries, etc), amenities (internet etc), security (a neighborhood with a low crime rate) and the kind of people you want to have as your neighbors.
4. Plan your move:
Unless you have no possessions to take with you, you can’t just take a bus, train or airplane to your new address and start living there. You need to decide how you are going to move your belongings, what you are going to do with the things you don’t need, and whether you need to hire a moving company. So plan your move carefully with close attention to every detail.
5. Make a clean break with your old address:
Before moving, make sure there is no unfinished business, such as unpaid bills or a disgruntled property owner. Disconnect your internet and cell phone if you are not bringing them to your new city. Close your bank accounts or transfer them to your new address.
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