Whether you’re moving for the job of your dreams, or moving for a life change, Brandon E. Miller helps you GROW as a young professional and blossom in a new city.
It’s human nature to want to be in control of our professional life. But sometimes you can’t avoid moving for work. I’ve moved over 10 times in my life throughout childhood, college, and my career. As a child, leaving friends in the middle of the school year and moving from one timezone to the next was hard. But an adult, I’ve become more adaptable to new environments and learned to thrive in any city. Here is how you can get excited about moving and successful replant.
Prime the Soil
Use your network and jump head first into new ones.
One of the greatest things about our age is technology. Before I moved to Dallas, my peers added me to multiple Dallas chat groups to connect with like-minded millennials. While everyone didn’t know each other in real-life, it was comforting to know I could easily build new relationships online and grow them into meaningful relationships in real life. Apps like GroupMe, Facebook, Meetup, Eventbrite, and even Instagram are a great ways to learn the lay of the land before you move.
Water the Seeds
Take risks and make yourself uncomfortable.
Seeds can grow in the most uncomfortable and extreme circumstances. Plants can thrive in places that seem risky. Be that seed. It’s important to put yourself in uncomfortable situations to adapt and evolve. Try going to local art shows, museums, networking events, or head to a happy hour and talk to strangers. (If you have to have a mojito beforehand, so be it).
Deepen the Roots
Get really plugged in your new surroundings.
My job requires me to travel most weekdays, and I have a passion for travel which keeps me on the go on weekends. Getting plugged into an environment is generally tough. To make your presence felt and appreciated you have to dig your roots in deep. The quickest way to do that is to maintain new relationships. Don’t just bump into new friends at happy hour; text them during the week and see how they’re doing. Ask your new friends if they want to grab a bite or hang out at a local spot.
Moving to a new city can be more exciting than it is daunting; it is all about how you look at it. Prime your environment before you go, and lean on your networks to make new connections. When you’re planted in a new city, you might as well blossom. Find your passions and make your new location your new home.
Want more tips for moving to a new city?
Read Brandon’s full article in Issue 8 of Forty Magazine.