Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The 1 Year Itch

by Lawyer Working Girl

I'm starting to get that itch. No, not the 7 year itch, as I am not currently in a relationship. I'm getting the itch to start cleaning out my closets and start throwing stuff away. I'm getting the itch to start saving boxes. I'm getting the itch to move! I shared with you guys in my first post that I'm a chronic mover. I feel that while I'm young, single and childless I should have many different experiences, including living in different cities and different states.

So how do I cure this itch? I guess the only reasonable answer is to move. However, that's not so easy anymore. When I worked as a contractor it was a lot easier, because I could do contract legal work just about anywhere. Now that I have a permanent job, I can't just pick up and move on a whim. So what are my options?

One thing I could do is start looking for a new job in the city of my choice. The only problem with that is that I don't want my next job to be a legal job. The one I'm at now is going to be my last legal job. I'm ready to dive into my passion full-time and I promised myself that I would stay with this employer until I'm ready to do that. While I'm not financially ready to work for myself yet, I would work for someone else doing something I love as long as it pays as well as my legal job. I'm not sure that I have as much experience in that area yet to command such a salary, so that leaves me with option number two.

My other option is to ask to be relocated to one of our offices in a different city. Luckily, my company is growing and opening new offices so transferring is a very real possibility. I know you're probably asking why I want to leave my current city. Well, my move to this city wasn't of my choosing really. As I explained previously, I was offered a good job here so I moved. It's a little slow for my liking, but it isn't bad. I just think that I really want to be in a larger city with a lot happening. I want to be with the movers and shakers (as I consider myself a mover and shaker on the rise). It's something that's weighing heavily on my mind.

Working Girls, have you ever had the desire to pick up and move? If so, how did you handle your job situation?

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12 comments:

Angeline said...

I feel ya! I've changed apartments (not necessarily cities or jobs) 9 times in the past 10 years. I'm also more of a vagrant in general and tend to pick up and leave a region every few years anyway. I usually try to line up some freelance work to tide me over for about a month and then start sending resumes about a week before I move (that way you can say in your cover letter that you'll be in town soon to meet), and then kick my job search into high gear once I get there. It's never taken me more than one month to line up a new full-time gig (but with my job I'm not boxed into one industry so I'm guessing it's easier).

Jill said...

I have the urge to move now too. I want to be around more young people and have a better job, and to do that I think I need to find a bigger city. I'm not really a big city girl though. And I get scared I won't make friends.

amy anne said...

I completely relate to this post. After living in Dallas for over a year, I want to move along to something new! It's hard to work out the logistics. Sometimes I feel so restless that I contemplate just packing up my car and driving to a new city where I can figure it out as I go.

Maura said...

YES! Last spring I had it with NYC and I needed a change. Moved to Texas in August and even though it was slow going at first, it worked out. I'm a big-believer in pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying something new (especially when we're young and not tied down with family/marriage demands!) good luck!!

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Lawyer Working Girl said...

Whew! I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who gets that itch to move. I'm REALLY feeling like I need a change right now.

Angeline-I've done that before too (lined up freelance work and then looked for permanent work once I got there).

Jill-I wouldn't mind being around more young, single people.

Amy Anne-I know the feeling...

Maura-Leave NYC?? ;-) That's actually on my list of cities I want to live in.

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