With a national economy that’s still struggling to rebound and a relative shortage of high-quality nanny positions, it can be very tempting to accept a far-flung post that will require you to relocate. While some free-spirited nannies with a sense of adventure and few attachments to her current location might consider the opportunity to travel an added perk of employment, the decision is more difficult for most. Figuring out the best course of action requires plenty of thought and introspection, along with the consideration of many different factors.
Consider the Costs
Unless you’re considering a live-in position, you will need to carefully consider the cost of living in the new city. Living in an area close enough to keep your commute at a manageable level may be far beyond your budget, especially in a city larger than the one you’re currently living in. The cost of relocation itself also has the potential to be financially crippling, especially if you’re living on the last of your savings while you look for work. Some families may consider off-setting your relocation costs, but you should not count on such offers being extended. Unless the hike in salary will be significant, you could be working for your new employers for years before the move pays for itself.
Consider the Market
You’ll naturally want to believe that the post you’re considering relocating for will be one you stay in for years to come, that you’ll enjoy a great relationship with your employers and that you won’t have to worry about the job market or pool of available nannies in the new city for years. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Before accepting a post in a distant city, you may want to take a look around at the availability of nanny jobs. Should you find that you’re simply not a good fit for the initial post or circumstances change for your employers that lead to household downsizing, you’ll want to know that there are still other posts in the city.
If at all possible, you should take the time to visit the city you’re considering before making a decision either way. In order for the move to be a successful one that you won’t regret, you’ll need to have plenty of things in the city that make you happy you live there. Look around to see if your interests are well-represented, if the overall feel of the area is one you’re okay with and if you think you’ll fit in with the people you see. If the answer to all of those questions is “yes,” then you may be on to something.
Think About What You’re Leaving Behind
Some people see moving on to a new place as a clean slate, a new beginning or the chance to find themselves. Others are more resistant to change and may feel anxious or even depressed at the prospect of leaving behind everything they know. Before you decide to move far away, you’ll want to think about whether or not you’ll be able to make it back for regular visits with family and friends, how you’ll feel leaving those people behind and how sacrificing everything you know now will affect your overall happiness down the road.
If you do decide to relocate and you find that you’re so homesick that you feel depressed or you have strong feelings of regret, it will almost certainly have a negative effect on your job performance. Losing the post that you left everything behind for in the first place would only make your circumstances worse, so you need to think carefully about how moving away will affect your life outside of work. You can only spend so many hours of the day caring for your employers’ home; eventually, you’ll have to head back to your own and face the decisions you’ve made. No amount of money is worth feeling homesickness you can’t shake or being stuck in a city that it turns out you hate. No one can make the decision for you, or even tell you what move is best for you. Only weighing the pros and cons of moving for a more lucrative position will help you decide if that’s the right move for you. You should listen to the advice and opinions of those closest to you, but remember that the decision and the resultant consequences are ultimately your own.