I was wondering for those who relocated for first job, how that panned out? I currently reside in a small town in GA and I have no problems with leaving. I am a military brat and am used to moving around every few years. With that being said I do have one little problem, I have a little one. I am graduating next May and although it seems a lifetime away, I know it will be here before you know it. I've started researching different locations mainly the city of Atlanta and surrounding states. My dream would be to move out of the Southeastern region completely just because the school system here sucks compared to the rest of the U.S. I just don't have one set place in mind and really am open to anywhere that is affordable as a single parent. My dream job would be Mon-Fri 8-4 (or 5) with no on call or weekends. My son will be turning 7 and going to the 2nd grade next year. My "plan" would be to find a job (hopefully out of state), allow him to finish the school year here while residing with my mother while I get situated in the new place. Then, towards the end of that summer bringing him to reside with me forever (LOL). I know the biggest con is leaving my support system, but if I made the move to the city of Atlanta it would be the same situation as Atlanta is 2.5 hours away from the town I live in now. So here are my questions:
Was it an easy transition to move to another state in a new position?
If you moved back to your original location, why?
Would you recommend moving for first NP job or finding something local if possible?
If you had a family, was it an easy transition for them?
What are the steps needed to get licensed as NP in new State and is it a long process?
Were any of you single parents upon relocation?
Did your children adjust to new environment without major problems?
Did you regret your decision in the long run?
Any added advice would be great!
P.S. Just a little about me that might make the advice more relevant. I just turned 24 (July 29 YAY!!!). I have been residing on my own since the tender age of 18 and my son has always resided with me as well. I have depended on my mother and daycare for his care during work and school these past 6 years so I'm used to daycare fees. I currently am working PRN while doing a full-time (2 year) FNP program. I have been able work steadily and make about 75K+/year (no benefits although I have purchased my own insurance for my son). My salary aspirations as a new NP would probably be mid 80s to 90s or something relevant to the cost of living of the area. I would love to eventually move to one of the autonomous NP states once I get several years of experience so those states would be first picks for out of state jobs. I actually want to do family practice to hone my skills for at least the first 2-3 years then specialize if something piques my interest. I'm not the clubbing type in any way and love going places with my son so the age is not a factor as far as maturity level. Of course if I meet some great friends who want to hang out for the weekend I would hire a weekend babysitter for those few times I need "adult" time. This of course would be after probably close to a year when I am familiar with the people and areas. I'm a big time protector of my son's safety and he will always come before my wants. Thanks for any advice, I'm open to any critiques of my plan negative or positive.