Do you Find a New Job First, or Somewhere to Live?

It isn’t easy this whole university thing. Whether you have finished your studies at university or just left sixth from or college you’re probably starting the arduous task or job hunting. Either that, or you’re contemplating moving out for the first time. But which one should you do first?


Going round in circles

You might find yourself in a constant questioning cycle. Move out first and get a job later? Or get a job, earn the money for your own place and then move out? These are all big decisions which shouldn’t be taken lightly. Noting down your thoughts on each option may be helpful. It can stop you from worrying and turn it into constructive thinking.


Living at home whilst you decide

If you are currently living with your parents or a relative then you already have a place to stay and think about your next life step. You can have a serious think about what it is that you want to do; both job wise and accommodation wise.


Sending out CVs

It might be a good idea to start sending out CVs even if you aren’t sure of what you want to do. That way you will know if there is a job out there that you want before you even consider moving. After all, you will need to pay for the rent somehow.


Getting a temporary job

Having a part-time job is a great thing to have whilst thinking about what you are going to do in the future. It allows you to build up your experience whilst earning money to go towards your future endeavours. Over the last few years, nearly all young adults (97%) have held a job between high school and the age of 22.


Writing a Pro’s and Con’s List

It is also really important to acknowledge both the good and bad aspects of what you want to do. For example, you might think you know what you want to do, but until you have written a list outlining these things (both the positives and negatives) you won’t have as clearer picture as you need.

You could include things such as finding a new job first gets you set and ready for finding somewhere to live. If you are writing a list of pros and cons for looking for somewhere to live, you might want to focus on the practicality e.g. money and situation of the property etc.



Depending on the company you want to work for, some often allow for the relocation of their employees. So whether you are actively looking for a place to live, or are just looking for a job that is flexible, it might be a good idea to inquire about their stance on relocation. Just in case you decide to do it job first, place later.


Unfortunately, life is full of big decisions, and this is definitely one of them. Taking your time to decide what you want to do is crucial to making the right decision for you. You don’t want to regret anything. If you follow these tips you should be in a good position to make the best decision for you.


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