December 29, 2012 7:31 AM Subscribe
So you survived your 20's, and part of it involved moving to a new city where you didn't know anyone. Recommended?
posted by windbox to media & arts (32 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry if this question has been asked a hundred times.
I'm almost 3 years out of college, employed full-time and have my eyes peeled for a new job that will suit me better. I'm considering looking for work in other cities to expand my job search as well as "start fresh" somewhere. I'm also interested in a change of scenery and a cheaper standard of living (I currently live in a wildly expensive major city, and I've lived in the area my entire life).
My main reservations though are that all of my networks are based in my hometown - family, friends, professional contacts. I already struggle enough to keep in touch with my very few close friends here and haven't really made many new ones since graduating college, and all I keep reading about is how it only gets harder to make friends and establish a social network the older you get, and how lack of a social network can exacerbate issues like depression. I realize that if I were unhappy I could move back after a year or so, but I fear losing touch with everyone just because I wanted cheaper rent and a "change of pace".
Did you give in to your desire to move somewhere else, at risk of being alone and losing touch with friends from home? How did it work out?