Everyone experiences big changes after graduating from college. From finding a full time job to enrolling in graduate school, it is a stressful time of transition. An added pressure for some is finding a place to live in an unknown environment when that job or graduate program means relocating to a new city or state.
Personally, I experienced that pressure last fall after I accepted a full-time job at The Hartford in Connecticut. Although I had spent the summer there for an internship, I relied on my GPS heavily and didn’t know too many people outside of my internship group. I was fortunate to be offered a full-time position early in my senior year (to start following graduation), but I knew September was a little early to start making concrete living arrangements for the following summer. Still, I began to think about my general living preferences. For example, did I want roommates? Did I want to live in the city or outside of it? What was my ideal price range for an apartment? Did I want to live in an apartment complex or rent a house? All of these factors would impact my relocation process.
Ultimately, I decided to find roommates to help keep costs lower. I also determined that I wanted to live outside of the city. These two decisions gave me some direction on my next steps, but searching for roommates and an apartment are still big activities to manage when you’re far away! My plan for finding a roommate involved reaching out to people I knew in the Hartford area from my summer internship. Other strategies that I was prepared for included emailing the Human Resources department at the company to ask if they would help introduce me to other new hires who may be starting around the same time. I asked the handful of people I met during my internship if they knew of anyone who would be looking for a roommate soon, or if they had recommendations on apartments. I also planned to search Craig’s List and apartment sites to begin making inquiries. I knew that moving would require a lot of effort through web searches, phone calls, and (possibly) in-person visits.
I was glad to have plenty of time to plan my move. At this point, I know where I’ll be living and who my roommate will be – timing worked out perfectly and I’ve made arrangements for where/when I’ll be moving, taking a lot of pressure off the overall stress of starting my career. My advice to students who are planning to relocate after graduation is to plan as far ahead as you’re able to – even if you don’t know exactly where you will be yet, you can think about your living preferences and figure out your price range so that you’ll be at least that far in the process!
Melanie Modrick ‘14, Career Services, Student Assistant
Other resources that can be helpful as you think about relocating include Career Connections, the online mentor program of LVC alumni and parents. You can search the database by geographic location to introduce yourself to people living in an area you’re interested in to gain valuable insight. LinkedIn can also be helpful in building your professional network, as can local Chambers of Commerce for networking events and/or Young Professional organizations.