Depending on where you live, opportunities are limited, available, or abundant. It’s true that the entire U.S. is suffering through the global economic crisis along with the rest of the world, but to think that every American region and city is being affected the same is an incorrect assessment of the situation. Relative to what you and your spouse aspire to be and accomplish, there’s no more important factor in determining whether or not these goals to met than the location in which you carry out your lives together. If one or either spouse is struggling to find success, moving should be something to seriously consider.
But let’s not pretend that such a thing is easy even if it’s practical. We have entire lives in the places we call home. Family, friends, favorite restaurants and landmarks, all factor into the majority of people’s decisions to stay right where they grew up and go no where else. It’d be hard to find a person on Earth who doesn’t feel this way. It’s not easy saying goodbye to the surroundings we’ve grown comfortable with even if we can’t find work or if we can’t find further opportunity in our hometowns.
Add that to the fact that unemployment and opportunity varies from city to city and state to state. Do so, and it doesn’t take much to assume that if more Americans were willing to move to another city, our unemployment rate would be a little lower than what it is today. Competition between applicants for professional positions would also be lowered if people were more willing to disperse themselves. Online MBA programs, for example, allow people to study a professional calling anywhere, so they can live anywhere their skill sets are most demanded.
Couples where one or both spouses are unsure as to how they’ll find work or how they’ll find a promotion need to at least consider the benefits of getting enrolled into an online school if it means the chance for better opportunity. It could be UOP or any of the other accredited choices, so long as it allows for moving if necessary. Education is essential, but if opportunity is elsewhere, you don’t want to be tied down with a program in a traditional university.
Why should new couples looking for work get cracking on possibly moving to another town as soon as possible? Number one, there will be no better time to do so. Do you think having kids makes such a transition easier? Number two, let’s be honest: you could sure use all of those gifts from your wedding and monies received to fund and fuel your move. And number three, you have each other as opposed to moving independently. The team effort always increases the odds of success.
At least think about moving. Peruse the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data on American cities. Research regions of the country to find somewhere that has a demand for the talent or education you or your spouse offers. Analyze locations to see if you find one particular city alluring. Every marriage needs its inaugural adventure. Relocating might be best when there aren’t many opportunities left where you came from. If you’re taking the best part of your life with you, there’s no worrying about what you’re leaving behind.
Guest post by Jess