Yes, you read that correctly, after only a few months of living with the boyfriend I’m moving…. TO CALGARY!!! As of May 1st (65 days!!!!) I will be re-located to Calgary for a summer position that is both exciting and frightening!
Edmonton is a funny city, it really doesn’t have a ton going for it career wise, unless you want to work a union job (which I don’t). This summer is especially weird, the job posting board for summer students is near empty in Edmonton. Majority of the jobs are in Montreal, Calgary or Toronto, and while I considered moving out east briefly I think my career will have the best chance of advancing in Calgary.
I took this job a while ago, even though I’m just telling you now and frankly taking this job has increased my stressed and anxiety a ton in the last little while for a few main reasons
- I need to find a place to live
I have 65 days to secure a place to live. I’m trying to find a place that is close to downtown (I would love to bike or walk to work) and a place that is affordable. I will be making more money whenI’m down there and I’m hoping I don’t have to pay more for rent, so that I can save more money to fund my Europe trip (which I ‘m hoping to extend to 6 weeks)
- Long-distance isn’t ideal
I’m not too concerned about our relationship. I love living with my boyfriend (seriously who is going to kill the spiders????) so this will definitely be a change. But, it’s only four months, and it really is only a three two-hour drive (if you hustle speed) back to Edmonton. That being said my Grandma lives on a lake half way between Edmonton and Calgary so we plan on spending most of our weekends soaking up sun on the lake. (side note: I’m getting annoyed with everyone asking if the bf is coming with me… no he isn’t, we aren’t joined at the hip)
- I don’t know my way around
Calgary is a little bit confusing. It’s divided into quadrants and some of the streets are named (god help me). I don’t like being lost, but I feel like this might be a regular occurrence when I’m down there.
- $5 more an hour + 2% increase in vacation pay
While five dollars an hour more doesn’t seem like a lot that will add up to $3,000 over the corse of 4-month, and over the corse of a year it would be $12,000. $$$$$$$
- Networking in the business community
Eventually, I think the boyfriend and I want to end up in Calgary because there is a ton of opportunity for career advancement. Being in Calgary for four months will give me the opportunity to make a lot of connections and hopefully secure a position down there.
- Calgary > Edmonton
Edmonton really isn’t that great. While I love their hockey team, it’s a fairly blue-collar city. A lot of my friends and family are here but some of our friends and the boyfriends family are in Calgary so I won’t be totally alone for four months!
So there you have it. I’m moving to Calgary. I’m stressed about it but I think it will be a great experience! Have you ever re-located by yourself for career advancement?