Commute or relocate? A personal choice
Consultant Geoff Creaghan opts to move to the United States during a multi-year megaproject
After several months of commuting from Toronto to North Carolina every week, senior manager Geoff Creaghan missed the weekday routine at home. So, a year into managing a massive business operations transformation project for the University of North Carolina’s 16 undergrad, graduate and professional schools, he and his wife decided to relocate – at least until the project wraps up sometime between 2010 and 2013.
“It really came down to family,” says Creaghan, whose wife and two teenagers packed up and joined him in the summer of 2008. “My kids are at an age where they will only be home for two to four more years, and I just didn’t want to miss this important time with them.”
Changing countries a familiar family experience
To commute or relocate: A personal decision
The decision to relocate has been a personal one for members of Deloitte’s UNC team. While some professionals have opted to fly in each week, spending Monday to Thursday on-site at UNC, others have chosen to move to North Carolina for a few years. No matter which path they select, Deloitte leaders have supported each team member’s choice.
Assistance and advice: From visa paperwork to community involvement
“Any move is significant when you have teenagers,” says Creaghan. “But they have been extremely resilient and are quickly re-establishing themselves in our new community. My daughter, for example, got a job as a lifeguard her first week here. I think it’s important to quickly immerse yourself in a new community, meet people and get involved. It has forced me and my family to get out there and get on with life.”
Regaining work-life balance key to focusing on future opportunities
“Personally, I feel my years in Canada and the United States over the last decade have really provided me with a significant network of friends and contacts whom I will remain in contact with for years to come,” he concludes.
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