First, I am proud to announce that I have decided to not return to my position in Jacksonville, FL. I have decided to move back to the Illinois and be closer to my family. When moving out of a state for a job here are some things you should consider:
Be upfront about your intentions during the moving process when you can. It was really important to me to be honest with my professional colleagues and student staff when I decided not to return.
You will not get to always choose when you have to move. When you can, however, be strong asserting when you want to move. For example, I am waiting to hear back on some jobs, but I have multiple options for the timing of my move.
Ask for Help
Be willing to ask for help from others during the moving process. Transitioning to a new job and a new (or old) state is a HUGE task. Ask your family, friends, fellow SA professionals, etc. to help you in the moving process. My best piece of advice is to bribe them. =P People may not be able to help you at first, but in the end you won’t be alone in the moving process.
Enjoy the Ride of Moving
Moving can be stressful. Strike that, it is stressful. But do not let the stress get to you too much because it is also an exciting time. Whether you are moving back home or moving to create a new home somewhere else, enjoy the ride.
This post is part of the Emerging SA Pro series following 4 awesome people: Aracelis, Emalie, Felicia, and Patrick, as they blog monthly about 1 year of their journey as either a new SA Pro or SA grad student. We are proud to help them share their stories as they break into our field.