Australia is a country that hosts a variety of diverse cities and unique locations. As the sixth largest country in the world and a population of 23,952,872, there are plenty of centres and hubs that foster good opportunities for work and life.
Depending on your profession and career, you may find that another state currently offers better prospects both personally and professionally. With this in mind, what should jobseekers in the design and construction industry consider when looking at a new place to call home?
Heading to a new city
As you work your way up the career ladder, investing in a permanent residence and starting a family become more pressing matters. As such, saving money anywhere you can is a key driver to move into a new area.
According to Expatistan, cities such as Newcastle, Wollongong and Ballarat all score well in terms of affordability. For architecture professionals who have the means to work from home, this could be a fantastic opportunity to build a comfortable lifestyle.
Making the most of opportunities
Of course, our biggest urban centres offer great prospects or infrastructure projects. Urban development is one of the key priorities for the federal government, as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment Jamie Briggs said in a statement earlier this year.
Urban development is one of the key priorities for the federal government.
"It is vital that our cities are well planned, serviced with world-class digital and physical infrastructure and environmentally sustainable so they continue to grow as economic assets into the future," he explained.
"Building world-class infrastructure is a key priority of the Australian Government to ensure we drive economic growth, revitalise our cities and support industries of the future."
Ongoing interest in these kinds of initiatives creates fantastic opportunities for project management professionals to get involved in significant initiatives within cities. For example, the ongoing developments of the rail networks in Sydney and Melbourne have created many new jobs since their inception, with more expected to follow.
How to handle the move
While moving to a new city can be an exciting experience, there some important things to consider to avoid feeling socially isolated.
As the Mental Health Foundation explained, relocating can increase the feeling of loneliness in many individuals, which can lead to other issues such as depression and ill health. With this in mind, it is important to make active efforts to meet new people and engage in activities outside of work.
If you feel ready to move your career to another state, speak to Design and Construct. We have the experience needed to effectively relocate professionals and find the best opportunities for our clients all across the country.