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Hi Johan and welcome to the Forum.

At the top of the page is our Handy Tools link, select that and you'll get a link to our Expat Guides which may answer many questions you may have.

Law is a funny thing in the UK; I know many people with law degrees that can't get any work as a lawyer in the UK.  Mainly because they can't get into a firm to sponsor them through LLP and then the 2-year training.

My advice is to contact the UK Law Society for some advice; this link will take you there.

As for being an Arsenal fan, well I guess somebody has to be. :)

Cynic
Expat Team (Fulham supporter)

Cynic :

Hi Johan and welcome to the Forum.

At the top of the page is our Handy Tools link, select that and you'll get a link to our Expat Guides which may answer many questions you may have.

Law is a funny thing in the UK; I know many people with law degrees that can't get any work as a lawyer in the UK.  Mainly because they can't get into a firm to sponsor them through LLP and then the 2-year training.

My advice is to contact the UK Law Society for some advice; this link will take you there.

As for being an Arsenal fan, well I guess somebody has to be. :)

Cynic
Expat Team (Fulham supporter)

Although its a Bcom Law degree its not necessarily a degree that you can use to practice law.

It has a balance of financial, law and taxation modules.  The ultimate plan is to more courses for internal auditing, with compliance and risk management also a major focus point of mine.

But Ill go through all the info available on the site and see where I stand.  I really do want to make the move, but it is difficult. 

If I might ask, what is in your opinion the most sought after graduates or skilled workers in the UK?  I am planning on doing various courses once my degree is complete so maybe a focus on one area where there might be a shortage in the UK could be the way to go.

JohanMel :

..... If I might ask, what is in your opinion the most sought after graduates or skilled workers in the UK?  I am planning on doing various courses once my degree is complete so maybe a focus on one area where there might be a shortage in the UK could be the way to go.

My opinion (I have a degree in Logistics) is that except for subjects where a degree is a must (i.e. law, medicine, engineering etc), a degree is proof that an individual can absorb information and present arguments/positions relating to that subject that proves a good understanding and an ability to discuss and develop it (I may have read that in a text book somewhere).  Hence you have people with degrees in golf-course design, absolutely useless by itself, but then take into account what I've just said.

My company takes people with a variety of degrees; that said, in mainstream business, a degree in Languages, Geography, History etc, seem to be really popular with our HR people.  Logistics degrees are very niche, but mine works for me in my very specialist technical area and I did it because I wanted to; I didn't need a degree to get my job (good job really because I've never seen one) and I'm reasonably well paid working for a US multi.  We have one lawyer in our Head Office (Company Secretary, but his real speciality is Contract Law).

So it's worth what a person thinks it's worth; for example people with Geography degrees tend to like applicants with Geography degrees.  One piece of advice as an add-on to your degree, consider doing an MBA in a business subject.

Hope this helps.

Hello,

Our family recently moved to London from Minneapolis, USA.  We are currently in Fulham, in temporary housing, and will be moving to our permanent location in Clapham later in August.  Our boys, nine and six, will be attending the London Steiner School this September.

We are looking for playmates and friends from any part of the world.  If you'd like to get to know us, please send a message!

Thanks!

-Tad and Lisa

Hello everybody! I have been living in England for three years now. At the age of 18 I moved to England because I fell in love with an Englishman (been together for 4,5 years now, still going strong haha!) and I've started English and Creative Writing degree at Manchester University. I really enjoy living here even though I do go back to the Netherlands every now and then to visit my family and friends. At the moment I'm back in the Netherlands for a couple of weeks, but England has definitely become home.

TheNavigatio :

Hello everybody! I have been living in England for three years now. At the age of 18 I moved to England because I fell in love with an Englishman (been together for 4,5 years now, still going strong haha!) and I've started English and Creative Writing degree at Manchester University. I really enjoy living here even though I do go back to the Netherlands every now and then to visit my family and friends. At the moment I'm back in the Netherlands for a couple of weeks, but England has definitely become home.

Hoi and welcome to the Forum. :)

Best of luck in your journey; we've been here for over 20 years; now looking at moving back to Enschede.

Groetjes van uit Yorkshire.

Hi! I am from Iran and wish to move to the UK to continue my studies. I would also like to visit non-Iranians living in Iran.

Hi! I'm Charles. I currently live in Nashville, TN, USA. I am considering spending 3-12 months next year in the UK/Europe, with the intent to see if living abroad permanently would be for me.

I would love to meet US expats living in Europe (or any part of the world really!) and hear your stories and get some insight on where to go and what to expect.

Thanks!
Charles

Hi all! My name is Amber and my family and I are considering moving to the UK, we currently live in Florida in the states with our 9 children..however we will only be moving with 6 of  them.  I'm trying to find more information from expats on how the visa process works if you arent working, or how renting a house works with being an expat and not having a visa yet. We would very much so like to find jobs and make the UK our forever home, as our current country is in complete shambles. I guess i just have so many questions really... like school for the kids and the weather lol... anyways thanks so much for reading!!

hi i am from mauritius and i am looking for a suitable possition in the food and production sector,but i need some advice thank you..

Hi to both Amber and Julio and welcome to the Forum. :)

My advice to both of you is, at the top of this page is our Handy Tools link, if you select that, you'll get access to a lot of articles that will answer many of the questions you may have in planning your journey.

Once you've read them, if you have any further specific questions, please come back to us.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Hello Tev, send me your numbers that I can teach you. Am interested.

Hi all, I am from Croatia and have been living in U.K. since 1995. I have married my Welsh husband and have two kids. I still have my family in Croatia and would like to help them to move to England, well at least my brother and my sister with her two daughters. If anyone has any advice, would be very grateful.

Dubravka

Hi I'm Tania, a Canadian who has just moved to Manchester to join my husband here. I've just started my job search, and trying to get the details sorted out i.e. NIS number, driver's licences, etc...

Happy to finally be in the UK!!!

Hi there. I'm happy for you that you are in Manchester.
Yamin

Hi guys, I am John from Leeds :) Nice to meet you all.

Hello :)

I live in Bexleyheath (which is in the South-East of London), so it will be nice for me to meet some new people! :)

Hey! :)

Hello!

I live in the Czech Republic and my wife is from non EU country, but she has permanent residency in the Czech Republic. We consider relocating to Ireland (Dublin) or to the UK (London or its surrounding) - I got a job offer there. We selected those 2 countries because of language - it's quite hard to live in non English speaking country for my wife, and to get a job is hard as well.
Thanks!

Hi all!

I'm Fazreel Farid from Malaysia. Previously graduated at University of Sheffield in MEng Mechanical Engineering under Malaysia government sponsorship back in 2012.

I returned to Malaysia due to the requirement from my sponsor that I need to report back stating that I completed my studies but was not bonded to the government. Hence, I have been trying to apply jobs in the UK ever since then but unfortunately didnt get anything.

I hope that you guys here could help me. Have tried dozen times applying in recruiter or headhunters website as well.

Cheers!

Im a young lady from Namibia and would like to work in the UK as a caregiver, I have an Honours Ddegre in HIV and AIDS management and a certificate in Community Home Based Care and thats why i wanna relocate to England so I can help those that are in need of my help

Hi there everyone,
I am Khalil and i would thank you for this such a warm welcome. Really appreciated.
I am from Lahore, Pakistan.
I have always been a guy full of motivations and energies, more like a positive person.
I have been working for a event management company for a long time. It has been a good experience.
Looking for a work in England, I have a family living in the London.
I want  to settle there and make sure i make enough to live on!

Thank you!
Much love!

Hi Roya,

So interested to hear of your experience as a teacher in China. Would love to chat about it with you as my niece wants to do same. If it is ok with you , please get in touch. Thanks !

Sylvie

Hello, my name is Jill and I would love, love, love to retire in the UK; not completely retire, I would still want to work part-time.  Most of my career has consisted of counseling students who are attending college and soon to graduate.  Not being an EU citizen appears to be a huge stumbling block obtaining a job without sponsorship.  Any advice?

JJilly :

Hello, my name is Jill and I would love, love, love to retire in the UK; not completely retire, I would still want to work part-time.  Most of my career has consisted of counseling students who are attending college and soon to graduate.  Not being an EU citizen appears to be a huge stumbling block obtaining a job without sponsorship.  Any advice?

Hi Jill and welcome to the Forum. :)

Apologies for the time to reply to your post.  With regards to this, you've about summed it up by yourself; surprisingly, it is very hard if not impossible for a US citizen to retire to the UK, simply for the reason that the UK no longer issues visa's for this purpose.

I don't know how much time is on your side, but one possibility may be to come to the UK to work, then apply for residency once you qualify - that is not guaranteed though; you have to consider that you may be refused and have to return to the US.  However, even this is problematic as the work you can apply for is limited to specific shortage professions; this link will take you to the UK Government website that lists these.  If you qualify for one of these professions, then you need to find a job with an employer who will sponsor your move.

As I said, not simple.  But if you are determined, at the top of this page is our Handy Tools link; if you select that, you'll get access to our Expat Guides that may help you with your journey.  Once you've had a chance to reflect and read our guides, if you have any further specific questions, please come back to us.

I wish you the best of luck.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Hello
I am wafa from Tunisia. I'm 26 years old and I have a degree in English language, literature and civilisation. I visited England ( precisely Brighton)  6 years ago and I felt in love with it. Now  I am working in a French call center but I am looking for an opportunity To move To London. I know it is quite hard but I am here asking you for help. Thank you

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hilda williams :

please i am unable to access my message because of the blockage.Please can you unblock me and give another chance if i may offend any rules.

Hi Hilda,

You only have to make 3 posts to the Forum and it will unlock by itself.  How about you post something about yourself and your expat experience?

Cynic
Expat Team

Hi all,

I'm French, I'm 31, and I'm working in pulsed laser R&D and transitionning to psychotherapy.
I worked in Oxford last year for 18 months (post-doc in a laser company), I loved it.
My girlfriend is from York and we are getting married next March, we will live in the York area during around 6 months and then come back to France to settle there.

:)

hi Guys, Hi from Egypt I work as a banker and I'm gonna leave it and travel to UK to study a Master's Degree...it's a new experience for me to travel and stay abroad...
I need some advises and to build friendships

Hi how is Ethopia what kind of a husband you looking?

I live in Woolwith just a few miles from Bexlyheath

Woolwich

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