When I was still toying with the idea of traveling overseas and possibly working I was split on where to go. How do you decide what part of the great big world you want to see first? Do you think of places your friends had been too. Or do you draw ideas from internet forums, TV, movies and the like.
Being that I live in Australia if your not seeing Asia everything else is a bloody long flight away. So I attempted to reason it out.
I have a friend in America I’d love to visit but after looking at visa’s, it was going to be too hard to just rock up and work. Don’t forget that trying to find a job over there is like looking for a needle in a haystack (at least that’s how our media paints it).
If not America I thought perhaps Asia. Its closer to home so no 24 hour plane flight, things are cheap and I’d been there before. What ruled out Asia for me was the fact that I would rather lay on the sunny beaches, sip singapore slings and generally be a no good lazy ass backpacker while there. I wanted to soak up the sun in Asia not work. I also thought that after working abroad it might be nice to slowly filter down through Asia back home to Australia.
Then I turned to the UK. It was the best idea even before I’d thought about it. Not only had friends got visa’s to live and work in the UK before and thoroughly enjoyed it. The visa had also undergone an overhaul allowing me the ability to stay and work for 2 years instead of the previous 1 year. The only proviso is that I get my lazy aussie ass there before my 31st birthday or no visa for you.
The decision had been made. It was rather exciting, snow was the first thought that came to mind. Living in the sun burnt country that I do it was always something that I intended to see one day. Knowing that the first time I will experience it was to be in a completely different country I wondered what other new things I might stumble upon.
My last concern about finding a place to go was work. Now I knew finding work in the UK may not be too easy. But with my country work ethic, a love for beer and more enthusiasm that a dog trying to dry hump your leg I was confident I’d find something when the time came around.
One question that I am yet to answer for myself and maybe you can shed some light on. Would you seek work in your chosen career when faced with the wonders of a new country or try your hand at something new?