On day one of the traineeship, I had been in Edinburgh for the grand total of three days and I had all the usual fear that goes with starting a new job hoping that some of my knowledge built up over the past five years would actually be useful, plus the fears of getting completely and utterly lost and knowing nobody. However, starting a traineeship provides you with an inbuilt support network and group of friends. All the new trainees are in the same position and are happy to help each other out, or just go for a drink. The second year trainees also provide a useful resource to ask the really stupid questions of (no doubt they asked them the year before).
I also joined the Morton Fraser netball team to meet new people and learn a new sport. We play against other law firms in the Edinburgh team, and it surprised me how many of the trainees playing for other firms went to university with me in Aberdeen. I am by far not alone in making the move to a new city, and I would encourage others to do so as it gives you an opportunity to reshape how you live your life, to see new places and maybe even the push you need to restart old hobbies.
I wont lie, moving hasn't always been easy - I have been asked to go to many places which anybody with a vague knowledge of Edinburgh would know and have surprised people when I didn’t even know where George Street was (thank you google maps!). But it has been fun, and it has been made easier by being surrounded by friendly helpful people. However, I would advocate the advantage, for any newbies like me, of putting any printed maps you need in something waterproof, being lost on my bike in the pouring rain looking for the place we play netball and seeing my map disintegrate before me was a low point!