Location Matters When Considering Careers
Location matters! It can matter a LOT.
If you want to live in a specific location – you need to research the careers available there. If you want to do a specific type of job – you need to research the location those jobs are available.
Marine Biology in Arizona is not very practical.
Library science for a small rural community may feel limiting. Larger cities will provide more options for this field. However many types of research can be done online now. Some of the work may be done remote. Consider that travel may be required if the research work you chose to focus on requires access to text which is not digitized. Many major libraries have antique and rare books, which require personal access.
When you plan your education and career path think about where that work needs to be done. Are the skills you are learning for a career transferrable to other types of jobs? Are the jobs available in lots of locations or in many different companies?
Healthcare careers are usually needed everywhere there are people. Accounting skills are needed in nearly every business. So these jobs provide a lot of location flexibility. If you want to work for a university, you likely need to be in a city that has a university.
There is an increasing trend for businesses to allow telecommuting. This means that employees can work from home or wherever they chose to work and do not have to always be in the company’s offices/location. Some jobs work well with telecommuting, other jobs are impossible to do remotely.
These are all things to be considered when you think about your future.
My Future Story will continue to add information about things to consider when you explore careers. Let us know if you have specific questions.