So, you are in need of a job and you are combing through all the nanny agencies looking at their job boards and you see one that catches your eye! It has everything you could ever imagine an nanny job could offer. Young children, which offers stability and longevity as well as the comp package is very attractive. Not only the salary, but the benefits are incredible! However, there is one thing that makes you pause and think, Am I ready to leave where I am to take a position that is out of state? And what does that look like?!
Taking a position in another state is embarking on a new adventure! It is a life-changing decision that comes with excitement, challenges, and personal growth. However, in doing so, there are many things to consider before reaching out to that agency that has a ROTA nanny job available for 125k annually! We thought this would be good to bring to our readers attention because there are many things, we as recruiters would like to make sure you consider beforehand and hopefully you will be able to see there is a lot to consider before making the big move.
Choosing to relocate for a nanny position in another state is often driven by a strong desire for personal and professional growth. It is a wonderful opportunity to travel and create new connections to the family and the community in which you end up settling into. Some factors to consider beforehand are obvious, while some are not.
Just as you seek a family that aligns with your values and caregiving approach, ensure that the family’s expectations and childcare philosophies resonate with you. If they do not, then it will not last.
If you are working with a reputable nanny agency, the legal requirements for nannies (domestic workers) in the new state, including contracts, regulations, and any necessary certifications should be made clear to you, so you are aware.
Cost of Living
Investigate the cost of living in the new state to determine whether the offered compensation is adequate to meet your needs.
Lifestyle and Community
Consider the lifestyle the state offers, including recreational activities, amenities, and cultural opportunities that align with your interests.
Evaluate the availability of support networks, whether it’s friends, family, or other nannies, to help you navigate the transition.
Education and Growth
Look into educational opportunities or professional development options available in the new state that can contribute to your personal and career advancement.
Healthcare and Safety
Research the healthcare facilities and safety measures in the new state to ensure your well-being and peace of mind.
Steps for a Smooth Transition
Gather as much information as possible about the state, city, and neighborhood you’ll be moving to. This will help you make informed decisions and mentally prepare for the change.
Connect with the Family
Build a strong rapport with the family before making the move. Establish clear communication and discuss expectations, schedules, and responsibilities.
Create a budget that considers the cost of living, moving expenses, and potential savings to ensure financial stability.
Discuss housing options with the family. They might provide accommodations, which they probably do if it is a live in position or a ROTA job. They may also help in finding nice living arrangements.
Establish a timeline for the move that aligns with the family’s needs and your personal arrangements.
Organizing the logistics of the move, including packing, transportation, and any necessary paperwork can be a tedious task, however, many times the family will also help with relocation.
Preparing yourself emotionally for the transition of the move is crucial. By acknowledging your emotions, you are taking care of yourself. Adapting to a new environment might come with challenges, but also lots of incredible rewards.
Connect with local agencies, nannies, or nanny groups in the new state to start building a support network.
Embracing the Journey
If you are considering moving to another state for a nanny position, it comes with a lot of thought, weeks of planning and is something that requires an open mind. It will be an opportunity not only to create a new chapter in your life and to experience new adventures, but also allows you an opportunity to travel to places that you may never have had an opportunity to. If you put all of these things into place, there is nothing that can stop you from gaining a new job and becoming highly successful at being a nanny in a new state!