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Hello all,


I would really, really appreciate your advice on this one!

My best pal on growing up was half Spanish/half English & it was there that my love of the whole Spanish way of life was born. Many, many years ago, he & his family emigrated to Spain & I have always thought that I would like to do the same thing.

Well ... at 36, I am thinking that if I do not take the chance now, I will will never do it.

I am not a business owner, or wealthy exec, and would only have a limited amount of money to make the move with (I would sell all of my stuff before making the move, so it would be just me and a suitcase initially). I am thinking of getting a two week last minute deal, and in those two weeks looking for an apartment, and a job. Please advise ... am I being realistic?

This is not intended to be a way of improving my life financially ... I am hoping to find happiness.

Thank you in advance for any advice ...

All the best,


Tommy

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dont do it mate,you wont get a job,cost of living is not cheap anymore,unless you dont need to work you will soon be going back to the uk with less money than you came with

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hi tommy
look on a site called workaway select spain and browse away the site is aimed at students mainly looking for gap year travelling in exchange for a few hours work at whatever you can contribute you get free bed and board that should allow you to prolong your stay with limited funds a lot of the hosts on this site are expats so should be able to give you loads of advice should you go down that route
my partner and i are moving from the uk shortly i found this site a week ago have applied and had several replies a couple of them offering paid work it all depends on your skills
i dont have the actual experience of living in spain that our learned friends on this site have and am recieving mixed messages about the viability of making the move from "yeah theres loads of work in our town" mainly resort workers i think to dont bother youll not succeed
i cant advise you either way but if you do have a go good luck to you

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Old 13th June 2010, 07:06 AM
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Hello all,


I would really, really appreciate your advice on this one!

My best pal on growing up was half Spanish/half English & it was there that my love of the whole Spanish way of life was born. Many, many years ago, he & his family emigrated to Spain & I have always thought that I would like to do the same thing.

Well ... at 36, I am thinking that if I do not take the chance now, I will will never do it.

I am not a business owner, or wealthy exec, and would only have a limited amount of money to make the move with (I would sell all of my stuff before making the move, so it would be just me and a suitcase initially). I am thinking of getting a two week last minute deal, and in those two weeks looking for an apartment, and a job. Please advise ... am I being realistic?

This is not intended to be a way of improving my life financially ... I am hoping to find happiness.

Thank you in advance for any advice ...

All the best,


Tommy
If that's your plan you're not going to lose very much if it doesn't work out, are you?? I don't see any argument for not coming out on a cheapo flight and trying your luck. If nothing else, you'll get to see part of Spain again and you may be able to see for yourself a bit of what's going on here.
On the other hand I'd be very surprised if you were able to find any work, and if you did it would probably be seasonal, temporary connected to tourism, but you never know.
So, what I'm saying is give it a go without sinking your life savings in the project and tell us how you get on, please!

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Hello all,


I would really, really appreciate your advice on this one!

My best pal on growing up was half Spanish/half English & it was there that my love of the whole Spanish way of life was born. Many, many years ago, he & his family emigrated to Spain & I have always thought that I would like to do the same thing.

Well ... at 36, I am thinking that if I do not take the chance now, I will will never do it.

I am not a business owner, or wealthy exec, and would only have a limited amount of money to make the move with (I would sell all of my stuff before making the move, so it would be just me and a suitcase initially). I am thinking of getting a two week last minute deal, and in those two weeks looking for an apartment, and a job. Please advise ... am I being realistic?

This is not intended to be a way of improving my life financially ... I am hoping to find happiness.

Thank you in advance for any advice ...

All the best,


Tommy
Tommy,
If you search this forum you will find plenty of posts similar to your own from people wanting to up sticks and move to Spain. And the replies from those living here would generally advise you plan carefully rather than just taking the plunge...
One thing is certain, at the tender age of 36, you really do have plenty of years ahead to make the move and it really is a tough time to do it at the moment. Analyse exactly what skills you have that will get you sustainable employment, and find ways of gaining new skills to help you on the way - the obvious thing being learning the language!

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Hello all!


Thank you very, very much for taking the time to offer advice and guidance. I am getting good vibes from this thread as it indicates to me that a great unity exists amongst the expat/soon to be expat community.

With regards to "having nothing to lose" - this is not exactly the case. I have a housing association property and although it is not bought, it is secure & if I let it go there will be no chance of getting another one should I return to the UK (I'm sure you all know how the housing situation is here in the UK).

So, I have to decide carefully in that respect. But, the positive/optimistic side of me is saying "s*d the flat! Let it go and go with your heart or you will regret it and be in the exact same position another 10 years from now!".

In respect of skills, I am a very keen and knowledgeable photographer, and I thought I could offer schooling for a reasonable fee? In addition, I am also proficient in the use of Apple Mac computers, which is another area where I could offer my skills. I can school on the Mac operating system, as well as professional applications such as Photoshop etc.

I was initially thinking of "just doing it now" but I have decided to wait until March/April which will allow me to undertake a PC support course - adding a further string to my bow. I would be looking for casual work when I land (bar work, etc) with the intention of doing the photography/computer work around that.

My mind really is racing at the moment - for example, I could set up "photo walks" for groups of people who are keen to learn more about their cameras/photography. I don't know - am I living in a dream land?

Well, my friends, I would like to thank you once again for your time, and I really hope that I do go through with this. Also, the best of luck to those who are also about to make the move! My thoughts are with you (please stay in touch, and let me know how you get on) ...


Tommy

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Give it a go, just remember that there are squillions of school leavers here clambering for bar work, kids looking for holiday work, most spanish and expats tend to employ family and friends and there is mass unemployment here! But you have nowt to lose so try it and see what happens!! Good luck with it

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Thanks for that, JoJo ...


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You dont mean that do you lol!!! Sorry to be so negative hun, but at least you'll be prepared for the worst and hope for the best

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Think very very carefully before giving up your Housing Association property. I'm sure you know how hard it will be to find another such property considering the current state of social housing in the UK.(See today's 'Observer').
Lynn, Jo and others have told you about the job market here......20% unemployed and with cuts in the public sector about to bite there will be even more unemployed in the near future.
Why not keep renting your HA property, shut it up for say six months, pack a bag and try your luck here? Then if things don't work out you've got somewhere secure to live back home.
My advice to single people is always to have a go whilst being realistic about your chances and never to give up any property you have in the UK so you always have an exit strategy.

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