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Last August I moved to Cincinnati to become a contractor at my day job as a data analyst. I currently get paid at an hourly rate equivalent to earning a salary of $80,000 per year but I have no 401(k) match, no personal days, no vacation days, and no healthcare coverage.
This past week at work my manager approached me with an offer to become a full-time employee with a salary of $70,000, two weeks of paid vacation, three personal days, a 401(k) match of 4%, eligibility for company stock options and the annual bonus, as well as opportunities for paid travel to analytics conferences around the U.S.
I went back and forth with my manager to get the salary offer up to $80,000. Now the company is just waiting to hear back from me. I plan on asking for an additional week of paid vacation before I accept the offer, but by the end of next week I will likely be a full-time employee with my current company.
I’m pretty happy with the salary / benefit package as a whole. And despite being someone who dishes out a lot of shit about the drudgery of Corporate America, I have recently started working on a new project at work that has involved a lot of data visualization, which is something I obviously enjoy.
I have been picking up new coding skills on a regular basis too and I feel like I’m becoming a more valuable asset to my team. Even if I find the work meaningless at times, it’s nice to feel like I’m learning and growing.
This brings up my current dilemma: My apartment lease ends in August and I have to decide if I want to stay in Cincinnati or move somewhere else in the U.S.
If I do choose to stay in Cincy, I would obviously just stick with my current job. If I move elsewhere, I would likely find a new company to work with.
For a long time I considered quitting Corporate America altogether and just becoming a full-time freelancer, blogger and stats tutor. The more I think about it though, the more it makes sense for me to keep bringing in a salary for at least a couple more years. I currently have the freedom to blog several hours per day and also tutor people in stats sporadically online. I’m not sure that I would actually get more done on this blog or earn more money through tutoring if I didn’t have a day job.
So, knowing that I will be keeping a 9-5 job, I am trying to weigh the pros and cons of moving.
- Potentially a new job with a higher salary
- A new city with better year-round weather
- Forcing myself to meet new people / create a new social circle
- A chance to live outside of Ohio for the first time ever
- Potentially not enjoying a new job
- Not knowing anyone / not having a social circle
- Not seeing my family very often
I know that moving to a new city would force me to get out of my introvert shell and meet more people outside of my current network of family and friends. Things also ended recently between me and the girl I had been seeing for the past couple months, which is one less reason for me to stay in Cincy.
I also think there’s value in living somewhere outside of the area where you grew up to gain a different perspective of the world. Every time I have traveled internationally, I have grown as a person and gained a better worldview. I can imagine that living in a different state would also enhance my view of the world.
In terms of cons, the first obvious one is that I might end up hating a new job. That wouldn’t be the end of the world, though. I could always find a new place to work since analytics is a skill in high demand.
The second obvious con is not being able to see my family as often as I would like. I currently get to visit my parents and twin sister once or twice a month since they only live an hour away. Also, my older brother lives about 20 minutes away and he just had his first child with his wife this past week. If I moved, I would barely get to see my first nephew grow up.
As I’m wrestling with this decision, I’m trying to remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. A new city wouldn’t necessarily make me any happier and there is so much to be thankful for about my current situation.
Deep down, though, I have to admit that there’s something alluring about moving outside of Ohio and embracing a new city and culture. I’m in my 20’s with no wife and kids, so now is probably the easiest time in my life to pick up and move to a new city. And if I did hate my new job or if I was unable to make new connections with people, I could always just move back to Cincy.
My question for you readers is: Have you ever moved to a city where you didn’t know anyone? How did it turn out? Was the grass greener on the other side? Is leaving family and friends to see what else is out there actually worth it?
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