I have lived in the Netherlands for most of my life, where I studied anthropology, got my degree, started a business with a friend and... well, I am at my wits end really.
Everything goes well, but I feel like I am doing just okay.
I have always wanted to move and after following a few courses at the art academy over here, I figured I might as well try my luck elsewhere, and do what I dreamed of doing.
But, I have no idea where to start. I speak English (I believe I speak and write it well), I have a bachelor's degree in anthropology and I spent a few years as a programmer/ graphic designer for our small business. So, I am pretty confident about my skills but I would still like to know where I can find a (simple) job and put my skills to good use 'easily.' Any sites? I found a few but I am not sure whether they're good sites. I was thinking about working in a bookshop maybe, and look for graphic design jobs later on, or by hanging out in the bar.
Also, I have saved a little money and I could- essentially -get on a boat, spend a few weeks in a hostel and look for a place and job locally. I have a few Scottish and British friends, but can't crash anywhere near London. I have a Dutch passport, so, technically, I am (Northern) European; does that make any difference? Is it easier to move to London or another big city as a EU citizen? I've heard it can still be difficult to move to the UK because of immigration issues.
I was also wondering about language proficiency. At my university we had to take a language proficiency test before we could start our master's degree (I started but decided to move , does a test like that come in handy when applying for jobs? Is it mandatory? I regularly speak English and I come from an American background (partially at least), so I figured it's not necessary to take the test. In the Netherlands this stuff is mandatory, and not speaking Dutch means it's nearly impossible to find a job.
Well, basically I worry about a job and housing. That's all.
What is the best course of action? I'd love to hear some answers and ideas! And about your experiences of course !
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Feb-2014, at 17:37 by sammaas1988 ]