Cultivate a network
Wherever you are, connections are everything. Get involved with the local community, see what you can contribute, what skills you can bring to the table. But also maintain your ties with the city, whether that’s through regular visits or social media, so you don’t feel like you’re missing out.
If a job demands you to be more available for face-to-face meetings or work with a team in the city, try to accommodate it as much as possible. A flexible attitude to travel/commuting will make you more employable.
The best way to find out if this is for you is to give it a go! Approach it with a nomadic mindset, so it might be an easier step to take. The city is always there for you if you decide to come back.
Karen Rosenkranz is an independent trend forecaster and ethnographer based in London. She has travelled all over the world spotting shifts in behaviour, attitudes and aesthetics, and has helped creative agencies from Amsterdam to New York uncover important socio-cultural changes. Fascinated by things that haven’t found a place yet, and anything that might impact how we live in years to come, Karen continues to explore the origins of fresh and original ideas with City Quitters.
City Quitters is published by Frame, which you can purchase here.