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While you may not get to sip mint juleps on the job, at least you will get to see the Kentucky Derby up close and personal.
So you have landed the dream job, but one thing remains. You have to move down to Louisville, and if you have not done your homework it could be a logistical nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be.
You will likely need temporary housing. Unless you had several months to relocate before moving into the job, the chances are pretty good that you have not closed on a house. Since Churchill Downs is located on the south side of the city, an ideal place to stay would be the southern part of Louisville, or maybe even the southern or eastern suburbs.
Getting around Louisville is not hard, because two expressways (Interstate 264/Watterson Expressway and Interstate 265/Gene Snyder Freeway) ring the south side of the city. It would be possible to live in a city like Jeffersontown and commute over to Churchill Downs on a daily basis.
If you have a lot of personal belongings and family treasures, understand that you may not be able to put them out right away. This is especially true if you are living in a cramped apartment, buried under all of your personal belongings. Until you have had a chance to explore the varied neighborhoods and real estate of Louisville, use self storage for items that don’t fit your temporary space. If you store things away and then realize an old picture your grandmother had can be hung up temporarily in your apartment, then you will be fine. Start small and build from there.
Now it’s time to do a little detective work about the city. Find out where the best neighborhoods are for living. If you are the type that wants to have shopping and dining close by, then select a neighborhood where everything is outside your door. The east side of Louisville, with the Hurstbourne Parkway and the Jeffersontown suburb, is especially good for this purpose as several national chains and some good local fare are mixed in with the usual big-box retail.
Just remember, whether single or married with children, you are living your dream. If there is someone else besides you, do not forget to include them in the decision-making process. This may be your job, but your family has to live in Louisville with you. If good schools are an issue, do your research. If you will be traveling with this job, maybe someplace close to Louisville International Airport would work best.
Moving for a new job is a daunting task in anyone’s career. It does not have to be stressful if you do it with proper planning.
Think about it. If Churchill Downs were calling, when you heard “My Old Kentucky Home” and the call to the post, it would be worth the wait.
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Good luck in your search.