One of the nicer aspects of business travel is visiting locations one might otherwise not think of visiting. Bermuda is, for example, one destination that immediately comes to mind. I travel to Bermuda four or five times a year for client visits and various conferences. It’s really a wonderful place that blends cutting edge work in the (re) insurance industry, subtropical island beauty and year-round weather that can’t be beat. Now, I recognize that some might have issue with Bermuda’s humidity and the occasional hurricane. But, heck, that’s what shorts and knee-high socks are for, right?
Whenever the plane is about to touch down in Bermuda, as we glide over the beautiful turquoise waters that surround the island, I feel a strong sense of adventure. And while I know I’m only going to be there for two to three days, it still excites me to know that people have moved their lives to this lone rock in the middle of the Atlantic, are making a fantastic living in their chosen industry, and are doing so in a more than aesthetically pleasing environment. Which gets me to thinking about relocating in general.
If you as a professional are open to relocation, the increase in career opportunities for you to consider is great, especially in today’s market for Actuarial and insurance analytics talent. The demand for you is, pretty much, everywhere these days in North America. Of course, there are some who would never, EVER, think of leaving, say, Philadelphia. That’s okay – Philadelphia needs inhabitants,
too. But, if you’re game and you’ve spent the majority of your life in and around Des Moines, why not give Chicago, Cincinnati or (gasp!) New York a whirl? Especially if you’re at a stage in your life (young) without the usual familial responsibilities (spouse/kids).
Time and again people have told me what a great experience they had when they relocated to City X for Y number of years. The majority of these individuals approached relocation as a professional and personal adventure. Sure, there always are going to be a few pangs of discomfort when you move from Seattle to San Antonio; however, those pangs dissipate rather quickly when one immerses himself/herself in both the new job and new environment.
Of course, in the recruiting profession, we work with people who relocate all the time. Some don’t think twice about it. For others, it is a daunting proposition. It’s not for everybody, I understand. But, again, if you’re game, it can be a very rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. And, just to assure you, Philadelphia and Des Moines will always be there.