Post # 1
Hi Everyone, I really need some advice.
I currently live/work in Maryland. I have lived here my entire life. My work has the accounting operations in Maryland and corporate/warehouse location in Georgia. Today we learned that my company is going to be relocating the accounting positions to Georgia and closing the maryland location.
They will be closing by the end of October. I was offered a promotion and increase in pay if I moved to Georgia.
My fiance and I are planning to get married next year, so his opinion is a major factor in this. He seems to be 50/50 right now. I would say that I am about 75/25 in favor of moving. He doesn’t have any family and I only have a couple family members that matter to me. We have some friends but not close ones. We mainly spend all of our time together, just the two of us, or with my brother. My brother would be the main reason for me to stay here.
-Georgis is soooooooooo much cheaper for housing than Maryland. For a $400,000 house in Maryland, we would pay under $200,000 in Georgia.
-I’m ready for a big life change.
-Leaving my brother 🙁
-Leaving the only place I have ever known.
-Fiance has a great job, with great pay and great hours. I don’t know if we could find an equally great job in Georgia.
So, what would you do if you were given this opportunity. Take it, or stay in Maryland and find a new job.
Post # 3
I think whether your FI could be happy with a new job in GA is HUGE here. That really makes or breaks it, IMO, since it doesn’t sound like you would be giving up your life’s dream or your major career goals if you didn’t move.
Post # 4
Where in Maryland do you live now, and where in Georgia would you be moving?
Post # 5
We’re currently in the middle of relocating to another state for my job and here are a few considerations that helped us make the decision:
– How does this promotion fit into your career goals? It’s a promotion yes, but is it something where you will be “stuck” or do you have the opportunity to advance / move laterally in the future?
– How do you feel about the city in Georgia where you will be living, beyond the cheaper housing market? Have you visited? (If not, I strongly recommend it if at all possible before you make your decision) Are there things about the town that you think you will particularly like / dislike? Think about size, culture, activities, even weather!
– It sounds like you’re already thinking about this, but what’s the plan for your FI? Check out the job market on Monster, Career Builder, etc. Are there openings in his field or does he have a skillset that is adaptable to another field? What’s the backup plan if he can’t find a job quickly or at all?
– How would this move fit into your long-term plans? Do you see yourself staying there for a long time? Would you be willing to raise a family there?
– What is the alternative / impact to your career and life if you don’t move? Run the scenario. Is there a different opportunity for you to pursue? What if you stayed in Maryland but couldn’t find another job? What does your FI’s current career path look like and how do you see it evolving if you stay?
Hope that helps! It’s a big decision, and there’s always going to be arguments for both sides…in my experience, the further we talked about these things though, the more it became clear what the best decision was for us.
Post # 6
As a person who has moved for work/school, I absolutely recommend staying where you are.
Georgia is not just another state, it is a different climate, different culture, is part of the south (whereas MD is more the north).
I moved and 8 years later I still feel like an outsider, am still adjusting to the culture, the food, and miss home like crazy. It probably took at least 3 years before I stopped hating it here and now I just feel neutral about it.
Post # 7
Who has greater earning potential staying where you are vs moving? I know it boils it down to numbers, but if moving to Georgia would get you further ahead (IE retirement, savings etc) and you think there is a good chance you would enjoy it, then I say go.
EDIT I moved across country and love it but you have to go into the move making plans to meet new people and to be open to making friends. Whether its visiting a local bar, checking meetup.com, joining classes, coworkers for cocktails etc you have to make the effort.
Post # 8
It depends on what area of Georgia the company is moving to. I grew up in Marietta, just outside of Atlanta and I really love it here. I’m currently in Roswell, which is northeast of the city, and I love having the city 20 minutes south of me and the mountains 20 minutes north of me.
I’m guessing you’ll be somewhere in the Atlanta metro area? The city really has a lot to offer, and lots of fun stuff to do.
Post # 9
Where would you work if you didn’t go to GA?
Post # 10
It depends in GA where you are moving. I currently live in metro ATL but work in ATL. The job market for young professionals is booming in the ATL area so a great move here is awesome especially for a finance position. A couple of things you may need to consider is yes the housing is wayyyyyy cheaper here than MD but the pay you may get in GA may not match up to the avg cost you would get in MD due to the cheaper living here. So make sure you do the calculations of whether you would make more money and have some left over between the two states. Also the transportation here sucks! They have a bus and train line but it only goes to certain parts of Atlanta and not the outskirts AND you would need to drive to the station either way…pretty much defeats the purpose of public transportation lol. But thats only if you live in ATL, idk how the other cities are…
Post # 11
Move to Georgia! I grew up in MD most of my life and my husband is from Georgia, so I’ve spent a lot of time there. I love Georgia and all it has to offer. Not to mention the housing is super cheap. If we had the opportunity to move from the DC area down to GA, we definitely would!
Post # 12
I say move to Georgia, but I am biased because I am moving from Canada to Georgia.
My DH and I are really excited about it. We are moving for a faculty position for me and we have no idea where DH is going to work as of yet, but my salary is so high and the cost of living is so low that it isn’t essential that he finds a job right off the bat! And I am pretty sure that the University will help him get situated with a position anyway.
I am excited about a new life change for my husband and I. And hey if we hate it we can always move back to Canada in a few years!!!!
Post # 13
I like Georgia – we have a plant there and I’d love to work there if I could. And if my husband could find a job… And maybe if it wasn’t so hot. I don’t like summer.
Definately get your butt on careerbuilder and see what’s out there for him. Does your company offer assistance to spouses looking for work? My husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) was once offered a job that came with one for me.
Post # 14
Make sure FI can find a new job and then start packing! It sounds like a great opportunity. Good luck!
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It sounds like it would be really good for you but you’re not sure how it would pan out for your FH. Can you live on his income alone in Maryland? Can you live only on the potential income you would be receiving if you moved to Georgia and he wasn’t able to find a job? PP is correct that Atlanta is booming right now for young professionals so anything in that metro area would be good. Also, they are a major hub for Delta and AirTran so lots of cheap flights from there to pretty much everywhere so visiting family should be easy.
I would tentatively accept and start applying for jobs in Maryland. You can always put in notice before October if you find something else in Maryland. If you turn your company’s offer down they will immediately start looking for your replacement so I would want the job security while searching for somehting else.
Post # 16
I’d move to Georgia but I guess I’m bias because I already did that! DH and I live in Atlanta (well, in the suburbs of Atlanta) and we LOVE it here. I originally came down to Georgia for school and fell in love with the city (DH is from here). We had to move away for my first job post-college but we vowed we would make it back eventually. The opportunity finally came early this year and we’ve been back since February and loving every minute.
Atlanta is a big city with absolutely everything you could ever want without the craziness of say NYC, Chicago, or LA. The people are much more friendly than any other area of I’ve lived in and I love the weather (especailly the more mild winters). It is also a really affordable place to live (especially for a big city).
@FMM: I didn’t know you were moving to Georgia!! When? If you’re going to be in the Atlanta area, we should meet up!