Relocating for a desired position might seem like an easy decision for some, but not for all. For a job in sport, the chance to work in coaching, sponsorship, federations or any other sector, would see most candidates jump at the opportunity. However, it is well worth fully considering the implications of a geographical relocation before taking the plunge.
Do your homework
If that dream job in the sports industry comes knocking on your door don’t rush into things. Take some time to consider what your life would be like if you had to move to another city, country or even continent. It’s harder to plan ahead in unknown territory, so how easily can you adapt to the unexpected?
Different cultures have diverse values you will need to accept so you need to consider how flexible and open minded you are. Your patience and tolerance will be tested so it’s essential you understand and respect the lifestyle of the place you are relocating to rather than simply stereotyping. If you know people from different cultures, talk to them. Being genuinely interested in understanding a society’s set of values will help you adapt.
It’s important to think about the long-term implications of moving before taking the decision. Think about what prospects the job in question will bring you. Create a business plan – look at your career objectives, weigh the pros and cons and consider how you and others around you would be affected by the move.
Look at the numbers – can you afford it? Or will you be constantly distracted by having to struggle with your finances? Will your new employer cover your moving expenses? If so, what are the tax implications of your move? And how will you be taxed in the country you are relocating to?
Research what your living expenses would be like. You may find that even a healthy pay rise from your current job may get cancelled out by higher living costs. For instance, according to the website www.expatistan.com , the cost of living in Vancouver, Canada is 9% higher than Auckland, New Zealand, and London, UK is 14% more expensive than Hong Kong, China.
You want to be committed to your new job, so the less you have to worry about outside the work environment, the better.
Plan for the unexpected
There’s only so much planning you can do before it starts becoming a hindrance, but it’s important to have a back-up plan. What happens if the job doesn’t work out? Will you pack up and move back or are you prepared to look for a new job in your new location?
No matter how prepared you may feel you are, things don’t always play out the way we expect them to – in fact they rarely do. So keep an open mind; don’t simply expect to be moving from point A to B.
Map out your career objectives
Relocation is often perceived as a big risk, but sometimes taking big risks leads to reaping big benefits. It all comes down to what your career goals and aspirations are. Does geography play an important role in your career in the sport industry?
Once you’ve factored in all the implications of a relocation the decision will seem easier. And if there was no question to begin with at least you will be better prepared to face your choice.
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