Making The Most Of Your Move
Approximately 75 percent of couples in the United States are in a dual career relationship. If you are in this situation and considering a transfer, you need to understand how the projected position will fit into present and future corporate planning. You also need to evaluate how it will benefit your career, the length of time for the assignment and whether the move could soon lead to another.
If you are a career-interrupted partner, you need to evaluate your own career and develop a strategy based on your personal and professional needs. Our new book addresses this issue in the chapter “Relocating a Career.”
Relocation 101 offers personal and professional relocation advice for individuals and families moving in and around their own countries. It addresses today’s most challenging relocation topics including:
- Strategies for dual career couples
- Techniques to relocate children and elders
- Tips to maximize home sales and purchases
- Ways to find new physicians and medical care
- Advice to choose relocation insurance
- Internet sites and checklists
Excerpt from “Relocating a Career”
Think about maintaining your career in the new community. With a fax machine, e-mail account and express mail, many employees manage an office from a distance. Approach your employer with suggestions to maintain your position from another city and be open to discuss your employer’s proposals as well. Negotiate a trial period for the plan, agreeing on reasonable terms and conditions. If it is possible that you may return to live in this community, your employer may be amenable to you taking a leave of absence for the purpose of furthering your education or skills. If you are unable to relocate your career, this presents an opportunity to reassess your personal and professional goals.
This is the time to ask yourself questions, such as: do I want to
- Pursue my current career at its present level?
- Seek advancement in my current field?
- Seek training in another field?
- Pursue an advanced degree or further training?
- Seek a different position (field) using my developed skills?
- Work part-time or obtain temporary employment?
- Start my own business?
This chapter goes on to provide practical advice for spouses who are considering a different career. Questions to evaluate your personal situation are included, as well as resources to find assistance. Resource examples are: career counselors, real estate agents with “Partner Career Assistance Programs,” alma maters and recommended Internet sites.
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