Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Think your decision over carefully. I don't want to be the negative voice but I feel I should say something. There isn't a lot of work around at the moment, in cities and in towns. And while there may appear to be better positions in the city, or more, remember that you're up against a lot more people.
I've found that when going for jobs I've actually had better jobs and found positions easier in smaller towns. My experience in cities, especially for retail, hospitality and other entry level type jobs, is that there is often a high staff turnover, with not great conditions and very little staff support and career advancement. However in more rural/regional areas I've found places want to hold onto their staff, they often treat them well because word gets around in small places. It's also easier to get a job sometimes - being a 'local' is something very valuable that money can't buy, and you just don't get that in cities.
I'm just saying this now because I've moved to a city and the employment opportunities just aren't what they used to be.
To top it off, the cost of living in a city is significantly higher, as is keeping a horse. What happens if you go to the city and can't get a job for weeks, months, how are you going to cover rent?
I'm not saying don't do it - I'm just saying think it over. Look at what you want to achieve and the best path to get there.
Finally, I'm constantly advised never to move anywhere without a job. There is no reason you can't stay where you are while applying for jobs in the city. If you get a couple of interviews go to Brisbane for a few days. Then if you get a good job that you actually want you can move there, and that way you won't be putting yourself in a bad situation.
Finally I can see your keen to cut ties and move on but this town and these people - they are a part of your life (presuming this is your hometown). Where you grew up. The relationships you have formed there will be unlike any others. There is a friendship with people you have known since childhood, or through your teenage years that generally just isn't found once you're an adult. Many people out-grow their home towns or feel they need to move on, but leave it well. These are your roots and you always want to be able to come back to them. If you leave badly and don't come back for a while, people forget you, they move on and you find that you lost something you never even knew you had but that you can never, ever get back.
You might say goodbyes are hard, or you're bad at them. But the bottom line is they aren't just for you. It's you acknowledging the people you're leaving behind, the people who will miss you. If you don't say a proper goodbye, to many people it can seem like your friendship wasn't worth saying goodbye to. It's a sign of respect. And like most cultural conventions its not just about one person.
Okay long post - I only write it all because I do kind of feel like you 5 years later on. I moved to Sydney when I was 17 and it was so hard and the conditions were awful. Coming back home, well lets just say its not really home anymore. And the best experiences I've had, the most things I've learned - they haven't been in big cities.