Relocating for a new teaching position is a huge decision to make both professionally and personally. You might be looking to take your teaching career to the next level or maybe it's your first ECT role that you're searching for. But what do you do when the perfect opportunity comes up that isn't local to you? In this blog post we highlight some of the positives and negatives to relocating for a new job...

Positives

- More opportunities. Sometimes it can feel like you're looking forever for the right teaching role to come up that's close to home. The wider your search, the more likely you will find the perfect job for you in an amazing school. 

- A great experience. Although moving away from your hometown can be daunting it can also be a fantastic way to experience a new area to live. Plus if you lived away while you were are at university then you'll probably find that you'll adapt quicker than you think. 

- Meet new people. Relocating can push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to get out there meeting new people and taking part in new activities or hobbies.

Negatives 

- Missing friends and family, especially if you're relocating by yourself, can be one of the most daunting sides to moving away and can make you feel lonely.

- Not knowing much about the area until you're there. Sometimes there's only so much research you can do on a place and it isn't until you've spent some time living there that you'll know if you like it or not.

- Potential increase in cost of living. Depending on where you relocate to the cost of living could be more expensive, particularly in locations such as London. You'll especially have to factor this in if you are currently living with parents. 

- Not just you having to relocate. If you have a partner or children then you also need to think about how relocating would effect your whole family. Your parter may have to change jobs and your children will definitely have to change schools and make new friends. 

 

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