Every considered moving to a city to help give your career a kick? Here are a few pointers from our career coach to help you with the big decision.
Question: Is it better to work in a city? Verity, Kent
Great question. Here are three frameworks to think-through a big decision like this. What do you want? Is there a limited window-of-opportunity? Is this a reversible decision?
Let’s look at each in turn…
What do you want?
For many people, this comes down to lifestyle.
How do you want to spend your time?
This can be markedly different between city and rural living, in terms of the opportunities for culture, sports, leisure, making friends and trying out new things. City living can really broaden your horizons!
However, you should also consider pace-of-life, levels of crime and pollution, closeness to friends and family, and access to nature, among other things.
It could also come down to salary, which is likely to be higher in a city, but has to be offset against a higher cost of living, (especially housing in the UK).
And, since this is a careers column, we have to consider career opportunities. In the vast majority of careers, opportunity is going to be much higher in a city, and the bigger the city, the more opportunity.