If you’ve ever moved, you’re already well aware of the endless list of details and tasks that need to be attended to. When it’s a major move – such as to a different city or state for a new career opportunity – the to-do list seems to grow exponentially. Yes, you need to take care of the practicalities, but you also need to the learn your way around a new city and, hopefully, make yourself at home.
Relocating for a work project can feel a little isolating. Unless you already have a few personal contacts in the area, your co-workers will be your first connections in your new location.
Learning about your new home base and taking some time to explore the area on your own is an important part of acclimating to your new environment. Even though your social circle may be limited at first, there are still some great ways of reaching out through professional resources and learning more about your new location.
Professional Networking Events
When you’re in the beginning stages of a new project, it’s easy to narrow your focus in on that alone. Before you let tunnel vision set in, take some time to learn about professional networking events in your new area.
Many companies host networking events, but even if they don’t, they should be able to point you in the direction of some industry-specific events that are worth your time. People love to talk about what they’re familiar with, so once you mention you’re new to the area, you can expect to hear lots of advice and recommendations. Plus, networking events give you a glimpse into future opportunities should you choose to relocate long term.
User Group Meetings
User groups are key for building relationships with like-minded colleagues. Of course, attending user group meetings is a great way to build your professional network and bounce ideas off of other professionals; plus you’ll have the opportunity to expand your social and professional circle.
It’s best to actively engage and spark some conversation, but even if you’re more on the introverted side, the more exposure you have to local professionals like yourself, the more you’ll learn about the area just by paying attention to the conversation.
Social Gatherings and Meetings With Co-Workers
Invest in a few casual conversations with your co-workers and you’ll learn plenty of details about your new location. Take advantage of those chatty minutes before the start of a meeting, or if company culture permits, don’t shy away from social invites to hang out with the crew after work. These casual work connections can also help you feel less isolated while you’re acclimating to your new environment.
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