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Post Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:44 pm

Hello

I am a graduating law student from minnesota and I am interested in working in the UK after graduation and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas. Thanks Sarah

 

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:29 pm

Hello Sarah

A very warm welcome to Expat Focus and especially to our UK forum! Great to hear you're interested in coming over to the UK, I assume you're looking for legal work?? I would take a look at the Law Society's site at:
www.lawsociety.org.uk
There are lots of other sites advertising legal vacancies, for instance:
www.totallylegal.com

Any idea which area you'd like to be based in? The nearest city to me is Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the north-east, which is a great place. Of course, there are lots of other cities - London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and many more. North of the border in Scotland, you've got lots of choice too, with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness etc. If I can help you with any other aspects of moving here, please let me know and I will do my best.

Good luck,

Jo Smile


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:11 am

Thanks for all your suggestions. I'm actually looking to live around the london area. I study there for a year and a half and have many close friends. I'm looking to work with some type of women's organization or some type of NGO. I would be interested in knowing the process you took when moving over there. Did you have a job before you went or did you find one once you got there and was it difficult to find some business that would hire an american. Thanks for all of your help.

sarah

 

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:28 pm

Hello again Sarah,

I'm actually from the UK, my experiences as an expat were in Germany a few years ago. It's good that you already have friends in London, it's nice to have familiar faces around when you move to a new country.

What kind of women's organisations did you have in mind?
I can think of the YWCA, have a look at:
www.ywca-gb.org.uk

I'm sure there are many expats out there who came from the U.S to the UK, so let's invite them to share their advice with you.

Let me know if you need any more info,

Jo


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Re: looking for a job

Post Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:28 am

thanks for the advice. where do you live in the UK - would you recommened living in or around London or outside on the coast or what???? thanks for all the help.

 

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Re: looking for a job

Post Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:26 pm

would you recommened living in or around London or outside on the coast



Hi Sarah,

Just to add my tuppence here, it really depends what you're looking for (and where the work is, of course). Personally I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than live in London but some people wouldn't live anywhere else. If you enjoy city life, and are willing to put up with the hassle of London commuting, then London can be a very exciting place to live. If you prefer to take things a little easier then somewhere else might be more suitable.

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Re: looking for a job

Post Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 11:38 pm

Hi Sarah,

I'm originally from Kent, a few miles outside London in the south-east. Where I am now is the north-east, my home is 2 streets from the sea and I love living at the coast, though it can be cold up here in the winter! Wink

In your situation, I would let myself be guided by where the jobs are. Even now, most vacancies are likely to be in or around London, though other cities like Manchester and Leeds may also have work to interest you.

As Rod says, London can be a vibrant and exciting place to live if city life is your "thing". Why not contact some of the organisations you'd like to work for and find out where they are based or have regional offices. That may assist with your decision.

If you know people in London, perhaps it would be good to have them nearby when you first come over here - a friendly face can make a big difference!

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