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1. Posted by MrGodwin (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

I am based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the USA and am wanting to move to England within the next year. I need to know what type of jobs there are and how tough it is to get one. I have 2 1/2 years retail experience and a year of meat experience, how tough would it be for me to land a job? Also, what would be a good, cheap spot for me to live until I am establish myself in the country?

2. Posted by Ulvova (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

I suggest you check on Google with a few key words.
Here are a few of the many available websites that may help you.

bar, catering jobs etc :
http://www.catererglobal.com

"Work: Every year we place thousands of young people, English speaking or not, experienced and inexperienced, in hotels, restaurants, shops and pubs in Central London.
If they wish, we also find them accommodation in the city centre (London Underground travel zones 1 and 2). " :
http://www.londonjob.net

Requires "a good standard of education, good level of English and if possible a good amount of work experience within your industry."
http://oxford.gumtree.com/oxford/07/7069307.html

This is more "official":
http://www.starteasycareer.com/work.php?lang=1&country=2

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

check out www.reed.co.uk its a decent website when it comes to looking for jobs.

everyone seems to go to london, london is a great city for a couple of years, everywhere else is just small towns and citys.

but you could live on the outskirts of london were its all nice and pretty:)

4. Posted by Ulvova (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

Small towns and cities doesn't mean it's bad.
Personally, I'd prefer going to some secondary cities, like Cambridge, or Edinburgh in Scotland. It is not so busy and stressful and at least you get to know the "real" country. It's all very nice to go to capitals but everybody goes there as you said, and it doesn't make you precisely stand out from the mass. Also if you go to the capital,you might find it more difficult to find a job without proper skills, they often demand more than in the countryside (like both degrees and years of experience). You can, of course, find jobs like barmans and so on, but it's a lot easier and friendly in the north.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 26, 2006, at 12:50 PM by Ulvova ]

5. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

big city = lots of people and lots of jobs
small place = not so many people and not so many jobs...

for example...if you work in IT...all the IT jobs are in London, Oxfordshire and Berkshire countys (mainly) because there is huge business parks there.

if you moved to edinburgh, there isnt so many jobs in IT.

i lived and worked in edinburgh, its a great city and all that because edinburgh is a old city and pretty, scottish people are great! but the weather really pissed me off! rain rain rain! scotland would be the perfect country to settle down if it wasnt so windy and rained so much...london isnt so bad for weather as its more south and is not on the coast line.

if you live in london, which is probably one of the most amazing citys in the world! one of the biggest citys in the world with 16 million! including suburben area.

yes london is stressful, if you want to live in the uk for 1-2 years then i recommend london, if you want to move the family and settle then i recommend edinburgh.

london is very expensive...and edinburgh kinda expensive cos tourists drive up the costs.

london = very stressful, busy, multi national and multi cultural...but with so many things to do that you will kept very busy...

edinburgh is a small city and eventually you will get bored.

live on the outskirts of london to avoid londons stress, you can live in some very very nice towns and only 20 min from the city!

stand out from the crowd? o yeah...if your black and go to edinburgh then you will very much so stand out from the crowd, because edinburgh isnt multi cultural!

if you want to make lots of money then go to london!

but from your industry, and i am no expert...in meat...id imagine that a lot of jobs for these would be in the sticks...as in the country!

6. Posted by Ulvova (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

big city = lots of people and lots of jobs
small place = not so many people and not so many jobs...

Precisely everybody wants to go there and it is difficult to be chosen.

Quoting oslaue

london is very expensive...and edinburgh kinda expensive cos tourists drive up the costs.

Precisely, MrGodwin wants a cheap spot. and London is the most expensive city in the UK.

Quoting oslaue

edinburgh is a small city and eventually you will get bored.

I guess, this depends on tastes.

Quoting oslaue

stand out from the crowd? o yeah...if your black and go to edinburgh then you will very much so stand out from the crowd

You really like taking extremes as example. Oh that's new, is MrGodwin a black person ?

Anyway, I think you answered pretty violently to my suggestions and that was not even useful. Next time, calm down, think, and then write :)

7. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i type fast....:) violently? hmmmmmmm

i am saying you got much better chance of finding a job in london than anywhere else in the country,,,that is a pure fact!

everyone goes there! true! but so many people go to edinburgh when its a much smaller place.

if you got the experience and qualifications then it will be easy to find a job in london, probably anywhere!

london is expensive but you are on a better wage!

however living in london you end up paying much more on travelling costs...like the tube to get around...

in edinburgh its cheaper for that kind of stuff cos they dont have a tube network!

however if your worried about not making friends, in scotland you wont have any problems...in london you will because people stick to themselves (sometimes)

8. Posted by MrGodwin (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

No, I am not black. I would love to live around the city, I am from Oklahoma, and I do not know your guys knowledge of the states, but Oklahoma is basically country. I grew up in the country so I want to live around a city, outside London sounds cool. Please keep up with any suggestions and please do tell if you know of anymore websites that have jobs on them! Thanks so much guys!

9. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i know little about your city except about the bombers who came from there and your tornados!

if you want me to compare lets look at it like this

london city = new york city
edinburgh = much smaller

the thing is, if you live and work in london, then seeing the country side in england will turn out to be cheaper because you will be on a higher wage.

goodluck...

another job website is... totaljobs.com

10. Posted by MrGodwin (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Anymore advice or websites I should visit?