I last asked a question about moving or J-school. Most answers encouraged the former. I do want to move now, but should I relocate if doing so at the optimal time would mean I'd be at my first job less than a year?
I have a friend who's interested in moving to where some of our friends just relocated (Pittsburgh), and I've been thinking about moving there, too--thanks to you guys
. This friend will be returning from teaching abroad in August, and he's interested in moving in September, so we have been talking about getting a place together.
However, my job as a web content writer is holding me back. It is my first real-world job out of college. I didn't know a fig about negotiation before I started working, so I make 24k at a marketing start-up. No benefits (some employees have benefits and salaried wages, the ones who aren't are typically fresh out of college). I've been here about 6 months--9 months if you include the time I was interning. It would be nice to make more, but at least I have a job, right?
I realize I could stick it out for a year, but the only problem is that I may not have a person I know to move in with by then, if my friend is itching to move sooner than later. That, and our friends are thinking of applying to grad school, so I may move up there, only to spend a few months with them before they take off to pursue Masters degrees. Even my woud-be roommate may only be in the city for a year; he doesn't have concrete plans for school, but he certainly hasn't dismissed the idea altogether. I wouldn't live and die on their being my only social contact
, of course, but it is something that's weighing on my mind, in terms of moving sooner vs. later.
TL;DR version: The time seems ripe go, considering I have a ready-made roommate situation and friends already in the city. But I wonder if I should stick it out where I am for a year. After all, I don't hate my job, so I wouldn't have a good response to the question "Why did you leave your last job?" except "I wanted to experience a new city." Is that an acceptable answer?