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1. Posted by nerdyguy (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 28 Feb '12 15:25

nerdyguy has indicated that this thread is about Lithuania

Hey there, just going to keep this short.

Destination : UK

I am turning 18 in about a month, currently my knowledge of the world is dire and I live in this neanderthaletic country Lithuania.

I have saved up about 6500 pounds in my bank account. I also have almost 1000 pound in cash. So in total, I have about 7500 ~ pounds to start a new life. I am just a kid, who yearns for freedom and intellectual adventure for once in a lifetime to survive the grey matter of the society I live in nowadays. What I have in my skillset are fluent english skills, programming knowledge of about one year (experienced only in one language : ActionScript 3.0). Do I need fake ID or something like that, so certain someone wouldn't track me? I have a clear history, so there is nothing wrong with me, I only hate all the moronic people around me and I just want to hear the sounds of strangers passing by me, where I am left off to fend off for myself in the harsh lonely world.

There are two options for me :

a) I run away after I turn 18. I try and survive on the cheapest food out there, cheapest accomodation, try and find a job for myself. If I need energy, I go to a pharmasuitical shop and get myself energyzing pills. I would follow the holy triangle Eat - Sleep - Work, for about 3 - 5 years, in that time I would try to improve my programming, find people I could get myself a better job to get recommended at.

b) I save up more cash, finish school, get more decent at programming and have a more mature understanding of life. If I get to UK, maybe I could try and program there, wouldn't have to bother with all that worthless physical or non-sencycal work I would have to do.

My goal is to build entirely new life, new persona, new friends, new meaning of life. All I ask you is this : Is it possible ? Could you give tips on survivability ? Which option is more realistic (obviously b) ), but rather better to choose at, if there is a lot of pressure happening already ? Maybe I need more money ?

Please, share your stories, help me out, HELP out a lost soul. Oh and don't give me that teenage bulls*it , I know my goals, I am prepared for anything, I can endure this.

Two more things before I leave :

1) I don't fear of death, pain or terror, so you can offer me even the dangerous neighborhoods to live in !
2) How much does a pack of cigarettes cost in there ?

Thank You, It means a lot, this is my first time, all I need are answers, from you - fellow kind travelers !

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1044 posts) 28 Feb '12 16:39

I think you're dreaming if you expect to find work in the UK in the current economic situation, with no experience and at your age. You'd be better off staying in education at the moment and improving your skills and knowledge.

3. Posted by xjoannax12 (Budding Member, 23 posts) 28 Feb '12 23:49

Quoting mojorob

I think you're dreaming if you expect to find work in the UK in the current economic situation, with no experience and at your age. You'd be better off staying in education at the moment and improving your skills and knowledge.

I agree, plus the price you will pay for accommodation and food and bus fares etc is going to eat into your money so fast.

Get some education and experience behind you and then plan things out properly.

I know you think you can do this - but it's really not that easy!

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5577 posts) 29 Feb '12 02:04

Another alternative would be to head somewhere on a work and travel kind of program, and just do whatever kind of jobs pay the bills while perhaps teaching yourself more programming. Programming is obviously something you can learn without going to school if you posses enough discipline and desire, but until you are skilled enough it will be difficult to get a solid job in that field. Of course with some skills in that department getting a job is not too difficult anywhere. Actionscript isn't what I'd be focusing on though. Better to learn something where there is HUGE demand, like how to build apps for the iPhone/iPad :)

Aside from that, the general idea of what you want to do (move to another country and cut all ties with the motherland) is perfectly possible. I've moved country several times, though I've always had a good reason for doing so (and I haven't had any desire to cut ties with my 'former life').

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 3 Mar '12 01:15

If you were to do it you would need to be prepared to take any job to start with - bar work, shop work, work on a building site, whatever. It is hard to find work in the UK but not impossible if you are determined, persistent, flexible and enthusiastic. It is going to be very difficult for you to find programming work straight away though as your skills are too limited. It would certainly help if you had some experience working in a shop or behind a bar or something already from Lithuania, so I would try to do this now (if you haven't already). Once you have a basic job you can afford to pay for food and somewhere to live, and maybe courses and/or books and software to get up to the standard that you need to get a first programming job. If you're prepared to live in a room in a shared house and live very cheaply the money you've saved will give you about 4-6 months of space to find a job of some sort. Or maybe 8 months if you stopped smoking, cigarettes are expensive (heading towards £8 for a pack of 20 soon).

6. Posted by frequentflyer (Budding Member, 15 posts) 3 Mar '12 06:00

Your second choice B is a good one, but for now forget about the UK or anyother place, save more money, finish your education, get your programming down, and yes, get a more mature understanding of life. You have your whole life ahead of you, you can make good or bad choices, start investigating the world and places you might like to live. You can't do this in a day, a week a month or a year, take your time and fully explore the pros and cons of where you want to go in this world of ours, then take the giant leap forward.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 3 Mar '12 08:52

I've been thinking about this a fair bit, and I think go for choice A. You've saved loads of money and you're going to go nuts if you stay in Lithuania for another 4 years. What's the worst that can happen? You waste £7k, you don't get anywhere, you'll end up back in Lithuania aged 19 or 20 following choice B anyway. So give it a whirl. It will be tough getting a job in the UK but I was walking around Brighton today and saw a few bar/shop jobs being advertised in windows. At your age you can afford to take a risk. Just do it.

8. Posted by roelvanderkamp (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 3 Mar '12 12:22

As far as I understand it, the economic situation in the UK is still a mess and not that attractive especially for young people without higher education.

If you want to just leave and work in an English language environment, why not do the work travel thing in Australia? Easy to find well paid work and travel and you can see what you want to do after a year.