LEARN ABOUT AUSTIN, TEXAS
You may find yourself lodged in a hotel or temporary housing until
your belongings arrive, and that’s a nice opportunity to become
familiar with Austin. Austin Relocation Guide is the perfect place
to start learning about what this wonderful city has to offer. You
can also find additional information at the Austin Visitor’s Center,
hotels/motels, the airport, and real estate offices (see the Helpful
Websites sidebar on the opposite page).
A walking or bus tour, while fun for the whole family, actually
serves to help you become acclimated and learn about the city. You
can also visit local points of interest such as museums, parks and
exhibits; enjoy a concert; and try out restaurants featuring local
cuisine. Check out any services, activities or organizations that are
of particular interest to your family.
SPOUSE CAREER CONSIDERATIONS
One of the biggest challenges of moving is relocating a “second”
career. If you, as a spouse, are transferring your job to a home
office, then a computer, telephone, e-mail account and fax machine
may be all that you will need to get started. However, if your job
was not “portable,” you might consider a new career, part-time or
temporary employment, or perhaps even start your own business.
Evaluate your skills, accomplishments and greatest strengths when
you are planning your next endeavor. A few resources to tap are
your spouse’s employer, local organizations, real estate offices with
“Partner Career Assistance Programs,” independent career counselors, your university/college alma mater and, of course, the Sunday
edition of the local papers. If you are searching for a job, start
networking by telling those you meet that you are looking.
If you have chosen to take a break from your career, consider volunteering your time and talent. Volunteering to a charitable organization
is a wonderful effort as well as a way to meet new people and learn
more about the community. Volunteer
activities add depth to résumés, but the
experience needs to be documented
so that the service equates to business
expertise. Before you again become
fully employed, use any free time to
enjoy your new community. Refer to the
Advice for Volunteers website for guidance in selecting a volunteer position
and Monster.com for spouse assistance
in the Helpful Websites sidebar.
The majority of relocating families have dependent children. If
you are moving with children, you
• Write down three or four goals to achieve
in your new city.
• Continue all your special family
celebrations and traditions.
• Share some of your family’s special
recipes and cultural aspects with new
acquaintances and neighbors.
• Keep a log of new experiences
• Give everyone in the family
manageable moving chores (taking
care of practical matters will take
the edge off homesickness).
• Join an athletic or special interest group.
• Get involved in community and/or
religious organizations, especially
those that sponsor activities, volunteer
efforts and programs for newcomers.
• Learn about the local government,
issues and politics.
• Most importantly, be patient and take
one day at a time.
American Medical Association www.ama-assn.org
American School Directory www.asd.com
National Association of Child Care Resource www.naccrra.org and Referral Agencies
Elder Care Locator www.eldercare.gov
American Animal Hospital Association www.healthypet.com Hospital Locator
Advice for Volunteers www.serviceleader.org
Parents Without Partners, Inc. www.parentswithoutpartners.org