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Young people leave the UK to work abroad in order to have better live, survey reveals


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A third of the UK’s young workers are considering a move overseas to seek a better quality of life, a warmer climate and an improved work/life balance, according to new research. Some 33% of people age 18 to 34 have considered moving overseas and a further 27% are open to the idea of becoming an [...]

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sorry don't beleive a survey that says 1/5 young have worked/lived abroad, utter rubbish - depends on the sample - they probably asked immigrants living in uk the question

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yeah i don't believe that either

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rather thinly veiled advert this piece

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This is not news. The British have left to colonise other lands, throughout the centuries, for reasons of religion, famine, promise of a more prosperous existence etc. etc.

It was called the British empire, and countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States emerged.

One word for this article and survey, "propaganda" I was about to say Bullsh*t but thought I had better not

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Marketing disguised as the latest research. Even if they had genuine intention, they wouldn't be telling us anything new.

It's not as if people decide to leave their home country in the hope of finding a worse existence someplace new.

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If you're looking for nice and warm and civilised I can recommend HongKong.

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The survey's statistics do seem a bit out of whack, but young people in the UK do have lots of options to go abroad for a few years, learn a language, gain some work experience and come back competitive candidates in the work force in comparison with their peers.

First of all, anyone with a UK passport under 30/35 can participate in a Working Holiday Visa (Youth Mobility Scheme), which will allow them to work up to a year in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and others. It doesn't look like that UK passport holders can do a working holiday visa in Hong Kong, but if you've also got an Irish, Australian or New Zealand passport you can participate using that.

You can also get work experience in the EU - I'm always amazed at how people my age in the UK, when they mention that they want to move abroad, almost always only mention other English speaking countries. Probably a comfort thing, but just across the channel and the Irish Sea are 30 other EU/EFTA countries in which you have the right to work for as long as you want to. An easy way to make the move is to do one of the European Commission's exchange programmes. Consider, for example, doing a year with the European Voluntary Service, which allows young people aged up to 26 to be funded for up to a year to work in a variety of sectors, mostly not-for-profit. You could also participate in Erasmus Mundus, which allows you study in various EU countries and be funded while doing so.

European Commission - Education & Training - External Programmes and Policies - Erasmus Mundus - Scholarships and Academic Cooperation

Lastly, if you're feeling really ambitious, maybe considering doing something like the JET Programme to teach English in Japan for a year. If you find that you really like it in Japan you can extend the visa each year up to a maximum of five years, after which time you could gain permanent residency in Japan if you find that you want to stay.

I personally know friends or have personally participated in the programmes mentioned above and they were, by and large, one of the best decisions of my life for sure. I mention the above in case anyone under 26-30 in the UK opens this forum post and thinks that they are one of the 33% thinking about moving abroad for awhile. My advice: do it! You'll be so much better for it when you come back in the future or you might even end up staying where you were sent. I have a friend who lives in Japan now after doing the JET programme for 5 years and I and another friend have stayed in mainland Europe after doing a year with the European Voluntary Service. Never looked back.


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I agree, it's great to travel & gain work experience from abroad, I left UK 24 years ago at 22, now 25 years later, I'm returning next June and can't wait!! Been in Spain to long I feel, tho have loved all my experiences good & bad..

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