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Okay, so I'm guessing everyone on this thread has herd this question a million times... However would love to get advice from expats from usa to uk (london and surrounding area) on:

-Basic question: How to do it?

- what websites should I visit etc?
(to look for job openings as well as apartment hunting)
(does the uk offer a headhunter service to help find employment etc. )

- Your experiences? good or bad? what should I expect?

-Basically if anyone can help me out by showing me where to start etc? It be greatly appreciated.

-Also any good college recommendations abroad?


About me: I am 21 years old male, living in los angeles current college student. Have 2 years Pr Experience working for Veteran's Administration. as well as 3 years personal assistant position. I have always been a hardworker and dedicated it what ever i put my mind into. Have been thinking about moving abroad for quite some time now. So was thinking why not do it now while I am still young and have an adventure. I know it will be a tough experience and a bumpy road ahead, However it has always been my dream to do this.

I understand many people are going to be "don't do it etc." and some negative post, however this has just always been a dream of mine growing up and having visited london this past december, it had just reaffirmed my desire to do this.

if anyone with serious advice and can offer help in finding out information on how to do this can please email me on starburstkid17 at live dot com

thanks from,
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Okay, so I'm guessing everyone on this thread has herd this question a million times... However would love to get advice from expats from usa to uk (london and surrounding area) on:

-Basic question: How to do it?

- what websites should I visit etc?
(to look for job openings as well as apartment hunting)
(does the uk offer a headhunter service to help find employment etc. )

- Your experiences? good or bad? what should I expect?

-Basically if anyone can help me out by showing me where to start etc? It be greatly appreciated.

-Also any good college recommendations abroad?


About me: I am 21 years old male, living in los angeles current college student. Have 2 years Pr Experience working for Veteran's Administration. as well as 3 years personal assistant position. I have always been a hardworker and dedicated it what ever i put my mind into. Have been thinking about moving abroad for quite some time now. So was thinking why not do it now while I am still young and have an adventure. I know it will be a tough experience and a bumpy road ahead, However it has always been my dream to do this.

I understand many people are going to be "don't do it etc." and some negative post, however this has just always been a dream of mine growing up and having visited london this past december, it had just reaffirmed my desire to do this.

if anyone with serious advice and can offer help in finding out information on how to do this can please email me on starburstkid17 at live dot com

thanks from,
future expat
It's very difficult for a young American to live and work in UK legally. You don't qualify for working holiday visa (now called youth mobility scheme in UK), as it's only available to certain other nationals (Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders etc). There is a WHV for Americans in the Republic of Ireland - details from the Irish embassy. There used to be a BUNAC program for recent US graduates, but it has sadly been abolished. Your age, qualification and experience make you just about ineligible for work visa (Tier 1 or 2) - highly skilled, inter-company transfer, shortage occupation etc. Other than marrying an EU national, you cannot apply for settlement.
If you still want to experience living in UK, your options include student visa - either doing part of your degree like a year abroad program or doing a Masters and other postgraduate qualification. You will have limited right to work, up to 20 hours/week term-time. But you still need around £8,000/year in savings or parental remittances and ability to pay the fees (around £10,000). Or there may be an internship or training scheme you can enrol on, or voluntary/charity work on an established program. They all require everything being pre-arranged while you are still in the States and applying for a visa with sponsorship.
Or just make use of the 6 months you are allowed to stay in UK, but no work of any kind is allowed.
If living abroad is your objective, it's usually easier to obtain a visa to live outside of Europe and other developed countries. Many young Americans live in Asia, Africa and South America teaching English or doing relief/humanitarian work. There will be better opportunities to work in UK with several more years of experience and higher qualifications (such as Masters).

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With the proposed changes to UK immigration, job-hunting from the US looks to be a long-term and very frustrating approach to moving overseas.

You may well do better by considering this a longer term project and using your remaining time in college to position yourself to take full advantage of any opportunities that come your way. Hiring a foreigner is an expensive and time consuming process for any employer, so you need to be able to justify the employer taking the extra time and effort.

Consider starting a foreign language (and following up with frequent vacation trips to places you can practice it). Add a couple of "international" courses to your college program: international business, history or culture courses, etc. You need to be able to convince a potential employer that you understand some of the differences and how to work with them. (To put it bluntly, you don't want them to think of you as an "a-hole from Corporate" who insists everything everywhere must be done just like it is in the US. There are far too many of those guys loose already.)

When you finish your college program, concentrate on finding a job in an international company where you can get some travel and experience. Study up on the foreign offices of your employer - what do they sell? what restrictions do they operate under and why? what is the business environment like there? Then, take every opportunity to work with your foreign colleagues, either through business trips or by making yourself available to colleagues visiting the US from foreign offices. You'd be amazed how annoying it is for visiting foreigners to be simply "dumped" on the local economy over the evenings or weekends they are stuck in the US. Offer to take them out and chat with them about their work and you may well learn something that will give you the edge when a job comes available "over there."

And even if you do wind up job-hunting in the UK on your own, it will help immensely to be able to speak intelligently about your international exposure on the job.
Cheers,
Bev

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