Hey siew yit... just a word...
I ENVY YOU!!!!
Still no word on my application! Submitted it 19/9.... sigh... guess seeing "your application has been sent to British High Commission" is better than being asked to come in for an interview... oh well, keep your fingers crossed for me, ok!
It's kinda hard to answer your question. Whether if it's worth it or not depends entirely up to the individual. I came over here in May this year and I was at the wrong side of my twenties. It being my final year that I'm eligible for this visa, I took it as a last opportunity for me to travel and work in Europe. You could say it was some sort of a final "fling" for me before I settled down in terms of career and what not. I have always liked travelling and have done so intensively since my early twenties. For me, so far, it has been quite an experience and eye opener. Working with foreigners in a foreign country (hmmm... maybe I shouldn't call the English foreigners... after all I'm in their country which means I AM the foreigner!). Anyway, working with people from a totally different culture, social background, etc has been amazing, to say the least. It defintiely has broaden my perspective on how different people work. It has taught me how to interact and deal with people, understanding them, improve my social skills... and travelling to so many countires and meeting so many people from all walks of life can only help me to be more tolerant of people. I believe these qualities that I pick up will be an asset in whatever I do in the future.
So, for me, the answer to your question is a resounding NO. I've no regrets whatsoever. If I wasn't here right now, I know what I'll be doing - I'll be in Malaysia stuck in a dead end job moaning about the lost opportunity. But to be honest, I do sometimes think about whether this IS really worthwhile considering that when I go home, I'll be in my early thirties and will have to start my career all over again whereas my peers are all in a high-positioned, secure job with a fully paid-up car and house, etc. But this is the life I have chosen and this path that I have taken, so I've no regrets at all.
Hope this will help you and your boyfriend make a decision. It's not an easy one to make, that I'm sure but once made, don't look back.
Bear in mind, even though it's a two year visa, you don't have to stay the whole 2 years! Maybe give yoursleves 8-10 months over here and if you both think you'd rather be back getting your career up and running, by all means do so.
thanx all! my bf and i decided to send in our application and fingers n toes crossed. if we are lucky enough to get it then wat the heck... of coz we'll go for it. if not now, when? If not there, where? coz from UK we could travel to other EU easily. been there... but not with my bf. so this time the feeling could be different! Cheers!
Glad to hear that.
Good Luck Oshy and ur bf too...
Hope you guys have a spicier life there...
29 and want to go out there and have some sort of different challenge. i have a good job here in management position but have reached the end of mu motivation etc and need a wake up call. i dont hv much experience travelling abroad much less alone. oh well my main concern is saving up so that i will face less stress once i am there. at the moment altho in the forum i heard of sums 10k and 12k. i dont even feel safe with 20k. i guess i am just afraid of it all. i guess because of the application deadlines etc i can only apply in december and put the date i intend to go as feb.
how far do you think 3k pounds will get me with travel?
hey important Q is they ask about current employer etc .. i dont want them contacting my employers as i dont intend to tell them till next year. how does that work?
vfs ask me to write a withdrawal letter and resubmit my application.
do anyone knows how to write a withdrawal letter? did anyone have the same problem i have now? please help! urgent please help.
your advice is much appreciated.
Johnny Boy I salute you for your courage. I think that friends and relatives are generally less accepting of people "at the wrong end of their 20s" doing all this "frivolous" gap-year-see-the-world-new-experiences stuff. In our part of the world there is a lot of emphasis on achieving certain life and career milestones by a certain age. It takes guts to buck the trend. I am encouraged by your example =)
One another note - ANY SINGAPOREANS ON THIS FORUM? Would appreciate some tips on the application process from Singapore. Do share your knowledge!
Lastly - Ethan, knowing how most bureaucracies work, they just want a formal declaration from you that you "hereby withdraw your application dated DD/MM/YYYY", so that they have a paper trail for their records. Giving a reason in your withdrawal letter may or may not help you in your subsequent application. Just keep it simple.
spell, thanks for your instant help!
actually they asked me to wirte and e-mail to them, then they will forward it to the clearance officer, state my token number and reasons of withdrawal.
do you know how long will they response and so that i can get back my passport and everything back so that i can make my 2nd submmision?
i understand ur concerns. from my experience 3k pounds in UK should be able to last u for a couple of months if u r a budget traveller. So i would say with 3k u should be ok. hakunda matata
aiyah... sorry not coodie... it's for coppie