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Dear Theo - To move, or to stay put?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Dr_Voltaire, May 11, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo,

    I'm an 'early career information manager' - which roughly translates as a degree-wielding librarian, interested in FE jobs. I'm in the North of England, and am struggling to (a) find a job and (b) find somewhere to live whilst I try and find something. Most of the people I've asked advice from say that they moved around for each job, uprooting themselves each time - but can that really be a feasible way to work, in this day and age? I found it hard enough to secure a 6 month lease on a bedsit, and I'm worried that my savings won't support a move outside the region. Any advice for a hard-up (er, financially disadvantaged) early-career information manager who really, really needs a break?
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Dr Voltaire, welcome to our Forum!
    I am tempted to tell you to go and cultivate your garden, but shan't. But really that would be as useful as any other advice that I could give, because this is a JobSeekers Forum, i.e. about appointments.
    I don't really feel qualified to give you Life Advice, I'm afraid.
    You will need to sit down with a piece of paper and draw up the two traditional lists of Advantages and Disadvantages of staying where you are.
    Sorry I can't wave a wand and find a solution for you.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
    I shall be contributing to the Moving into SLT or Headship seminar on Saturday 19 May.

     
  3. Erm...thanks (I think?) - the response is appreciated, and if you do have a magic wand, it might be handy...

    The reason why I asked this question on this board is because I was recently turned down for a post. Their advice - in fact, the advice of the senior exec who was in charge of appointing all new staff - was that they had (admittedly, twenty years previously) simply moved around the South from job to job. I was hoping for an 'Is this normal Y/N' answer, but I can see now it must be different for everyone in this current economic climate. A lot of what I was told (in terms of jobseeking) as a teenager, and then a graduate, has turned out to be patently untrue, or out of date.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I am a firm believer in saying when I am not able to give an authoritative answer, and I have no information whatever on Librarians and how their jobs pan out!
    Teachers trying to get their first post to complete their induction year certainly find things harder if they cannot move; as temporary posts are becoming more common, moving around, or staying unemployed, is what faces some of them nowadays.
    I am off to ebay now to see if they are offering any magic wands.
    You might try asking John Howson on the Career Clinic, as he specialises in areas that I don't.
    Best wishes
    ________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
    I shall be contributing to the Moving into SLT or Headship seminar on Saturday 19 May.
     

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