I've worked for about 1 year out of school but looking at the job market now, would it be foolish for me to quit my job and look for another?
- valuable engineering experience
- maybe higher pay?
- get to see other parts of canada
- get to keep my job
- loss of friendships
- being far from any big city
- having to make new friends (being introverted makes this that much harder)
- Family is in Toronto
What stood out the most to me was "valuable engineering experience", followed by "get to keep my job"
Let's take these pros and cons and weigh them in order of importance, at least in my eyes.
You're one year out of school, and have been given this opportunity to gain valuable engineering experience, while keeping your job (putting job stability on your resume), and maybe making more money while getting this experience (which will make you more valuable to future employers).
Moving does not mean loss of friendships. Not in this day of cell phones, text messaging, emails, facebook, etc.
Your family will always be there for you, and you can maintain contact in the above ways, plus visit on holidays.
Boring? I'd need to know your definition. Again, with todays technology, you should be able to find things to entertain yourself. Like A2K....lot's of spirited debate here!
It's not a good move, IMO to leave your first job after only a year, if you can avoid it.
If you don't have kids that would have to be uprooted to a new place, or a spouse that has a good job, or some obligation you can only attend to by being personally present, I'd say go for it.
If you give yourself a personal commitment to staying there for another year, the worst that will happen is that you have more experience, and a better chance at obtaining a higher position at the same company, or another.
You might surprise yourself by finding you like the new location.