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Should I relocate for my new role or is commuting a better option?
As I write this blog, I'm undertaking a three-hour commute - from Birmingham to Cambridge - to meet with clients. I often talk to candidates about how much of a factor a commute is in assessing the suitability of a role. This journey confirms my argument: a work commute needs to be manageable.
Always consider your commute
This is even more important at NQ level. As we fast approach this year's qualification date, there's no doubt that many NQs are contemplating the likelihood of being retained or not, and if not, where do they go from there? There's no harm in casting a wide net in your search for a new role, but you must do it cautiously. This includes due consideration of your ability to commit to a lengthy commute.
I discussed this issue of lengthy commutes with a number of Partners this morning and they all expressed a nervousness to hire someone undertaking a long commute. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, but more often than not, it results in an unmanageable work/life balance, which leads to eventual departures.
If you’re in a position where you’ve no ties to your current location then relocating is an option worth considering. Firms and Partners favour this because not only does it illustrate your commitment to the location, it highlights the fact your decision isn’t one you’re taking lightly; it incentivises a hiring manager to give your application a lot more attention.
As I’m travelling to Cambridge today, it seems appropriate to use this location as an example for relocation. It houses a number of reputable firms that offer a fantastic diet of work. Yet, they find it problematic to source local talent and as such rely on candidates from other locations.
If you’re interested in exploring this market there are opportunities within commercial real estate, real estate litigation, corporate and intellectual property - to name a few.