If you’re serious about your career, does it pay to sit still? « Insp1re – Your source for Motivational, Inspirational Videos and online guides
Aug 2011 05

Golf‘s newest superstar and US open winner Rory McIlroy has revealed he is to spend less time in Northern Ireland after the shock revelation that he intends to rejoin the USPGA Tour and move to Florida. This news come after Rory, just weeks ago maintained he would remain in Northern Ireland, saying ‘I always see myself living there’

Reported by The Belfast Telegraph, Rory said he made the decision because ‘I’m comfortable in this country [USA] and I feel like my game suits the courses’ It is a huge blow to both the European Tour and Northern Ireland which, since Rory’s triumph at the US open, has been on a real high. A tough decision to make, but one that Rory considers important to him and his career goals.

Would you upsticks like Rory McIlroy for the sake of your career?

This story made me think about the thousands of young people who have recently graduated and are now finding themselves looking for work but having no luck. I regularly read status updates on Facebook and Twitter written by people who are getting increasingly frustrated that they are not able to find a job. Of course this doesn’t just apply to graduates, it affects all those struggling to find work in their local area.

After studying for 3 or more years at University, perhaps like many other students, I fell into a false sense of security that because I had a degree, I would surely find a job straight away. Of course that didn’t happen, as it rarely does, and I was out of work for many months until I took a sales job which meant traveling a lot. Not my ideal choice, and the job wasn’t what I wanted to do, but in terms of long term career progression, it actually turned out pretty well in the end. I got some really good experience, learned a lot about different cities in the UK, made some valuable contacts, and got the confidence to move on to my next job months later.

A recent Prospects poll showed that 78% of you [graduates] agreed that in order to land the perfect job relocating was a serious consideration. But despite the best intentions, the uncertainty of moving to a new city can put many graduates off applying for the best jobs. Relocating can be quite an uncomfortable prospect, but the beneifts are immeasurable. (http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/p/articles/relocating_for_work.jsp)

So, If you are serious about your career, does it pay to sit still?

It’s definitely a difficult but worthwhile decision a lot of people appear to be considering in the current job market. Life is all about experiencing new things, seeing different places, meeting new people and putting yourself in the position to embrace new opportunities. Getting that all important work experience is also likely going to make it easier to move back to where you call home later on in your career if you choose to.

Have you relocated for work or thinking about it?

Share your views and tips below.

Best wishes,

Cassie Lang.