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51. Posted by jqchan (Budding Member 3 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

I was just wondering if any of you Malaysians on this WHM have been able to find jobs easily here in London?

I've been here in London for three months and have not been able to find anything. The agents are not helpful, most said sorry can't help.

It's quite depressing really.

Some of my other friends on the WHM are either accountants, or pharmacists, and they are obviously in demand, and have been able to find jobs, and get work permits real easy.

How about for you guys who aren't either accountants, doctors, pharmacists or teachers? Easy to find jobs?

Any tips?


52. Posted by vivyung (Budding Member 4 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jules.

Wow, this is absolutely my major concern...Actually, i'm NOT any sort of professional, only a BA Economics graduate from Toronto...

I've been struggling whether I should head back to London or not..(perhaps u havn't heard of my story yet, i left London after staying there for 3 mths due to family issues...and now, things have sorted out and i really miss that place. When i went there last summer, i was hooked up w/ an office job by a friend. Don't think i'll be as lucky this time since she's alraedy left the country...)

anyway. so, my struggle -- is it either CAFE/PUB/scruffy work for people who don't get a professional degree?


53. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

It has been sometimes I'm away from the forum.
It seems that there're lots of ppl interested in WHV.
And I did receive plenty of messeges asking me on how to
get the WHV and questioning me on getting a job wise and things like that.

Afterall, I bet most of the "experienced" one already contribute their ideas and shared their experiences in this very forum.
All I can say is a big THANK YOU for the contribution and helpout.
Currently, I was so busy handling my daily works.
Honestly speaking I'm running low morale, and I really wanna quit asap!

To those who msg me, I will have to say it again that... I'm still looking forward to the end of the year to start applying the WHV.
And I'll be only leaving for UK somewhere in between next year MARCH-APRIL (near to summer).'s so suffering to bare it for another 4/5 months

I really hope everything will go smoothly, and hopefully with some luck I can start a new life there in UK. The first thing that I'll do is to grab an average paid job to drag me on to survive.
May GOD bless all of us WHV makers, and may luck stand by ourside.
All we want is "just another day" ;) and hopefully will be a better tmrw for all of us.

You guys take care, and we'll keep in touch and update each other via this forum. Good Day!

Can't Hardly Wait,
Nick ;)

54. Posted by sylvyy (Full Member 25 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi everybody!! How are you people? Seems like the forum is quiet down.
Anybody knows anybody that can get cheap air ticket? What's the usual price for open ticket to London?

That's all for now. Hope you enjoy every moment of your life!!

Siew yit

55. Posted by crazynuts (Budding Member 7 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi allay all your fears about coming to the uk..i was like all of you...but don't worry..just take the plunge..for the visa...rm10k is might want to apply well in advance before you decide to go because the interview process might set you back three months...that can ruin anyones plans and for the interview itself, if and when you are required to go ,its very simple..all the guy will ask is generic questions all you're generally required to do is just chat with honest with your answers and all he wants to know is that you will not jump ship and stay illegally in uk after your 2 years....don't prepare too much. As for immigration, it would be wise to hold a return ticket if you do not have much funds..(i personally had £1k...but was advised on £2k to be completely safe).. the ticket is refundable anyway...just send it back home to your friend or dad before a certain date if you decide you want to stay longer than a year and they can refund it for you. Medicals are not required and they might do an xray for you when u arrive but that should be not a problem.They just wanna check for diseases like tuberculosis(or however you spell it)..if you have tb you shouldnt be in the uk should be in a hospital!

I was hearing about how hard it was to open a bank account. Personally i did not find it any hassle at all. I went to hsbc and all it required was a letter from my employer and several forms of Id. They accepted my address back in malaysia as proof of address. HSBC is an international bank but that was jsut my personal experience..everyone else might not be so lucky.
As for jobs..i managed to score a crappy door to door job within the first week i was here..ive quit now but ive made enough money to survive the next month while looking for a new one will not be a problem is you don't mind working in supermarkets or bars or restaurants or other "menial" jobs. And make sure you get references or arrange for referees to give testimonials on your behalf before you come here..written refences or letters of recommendation are useful as well. References are VERY impoirtant here and ususally is the deciding factor on whether you will get the job or not.

My personal experiences here in uk although has been short have been amazing.
ALl i had to do was step foot in london to realise that ive made the right choice of coming..granted jobs may be crap but then again im planning trips to dublin, paris, and majorca before the year ends. And im saving up for the big one.. a trip to New York before i go back home and start that thing some people call a "career".

message me if anyone has any questions or needs reassurance about their decison to come to the uk. Perhaps stories of being in london or standing next to the eiffel tower might help ;)

56. Posted by Priss (Full Member 23 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Kinda stumbled on this site by mistake but my goodness it really is helpful

Am planning a working holiday to the uk myself. was thinking of leaving round early next year. should i apply for the visa now then? how long does it take to approve co i heard that you gotta leave within 3 months of the date issued. Really haven't had the chance to do much research on the matter what with working full time and all.

The thing is i'm in production.... tv, film, radio.. that sorta thing.. have a bachelors degree and everything but the industry here in malaysia really isn't that hot... was actually hoping to gain some sort of experience over there in the uk... is that even possible? i mean with the WHV can i apply for jobs like that and what are the proberbilities? Have had a fair bit of experience in the scene here... anyone gotta a clue?

57. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Priss,

I am in the same situation as you. I'm also in the film and tv industry. I was working for a news cable channel in Singapore editing documentaries, current affair programs, magazine show, etc and I was also producing TV commercials for advertising agencies in Kuala Lumpur. Like you, I wanted to learn more about the film industry as, I feel, is still in it's infancy in Malaysia, thus the reason that I'm in UK. Of course having the chance to travel in Europe also helped me make my decision for coming to UK.

To me, the film industry here is quite vibrant but to the Brits themselves, they feel that it is not quite good enough. There's loads of people out there who wants a job in tv and film but there's only so many vacancies. There's lots of competition for it. There are loads of stations and production houses here, though. You can try applying. No harm in that. For me, I've enrolled myself in a short film course in Brighton for three months and will probably only apply for jobs next year.

There's lots of film-makers doing short films here and there are always positions to be filled. The only problem is most doesn't pay. You work for the experience and for the love of film-making. You'll get a dvd or cd of the film though, and it'll be good for your profile. Check, and for more jobs information in the tv and film industry.

If you do come over, do look me up as I'm also in the midst of planning a few projects,either to be done here or back in Malaysia.


58. Posted by blurgal (Budding Member 2 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi all

Kinda stumbled into this forum myself and it made me feel better that I'm not all alone in tis. Went to UK recently and I fell in love with the city. Its diversity, multiplicity n contradictions (conservative vs avant-garde) simply blew me away!

Mind u, tho I wld luv to drop everythin and just fly off for the heck of it, I gotta be realistic too. Jobs r my main concern.

I am also currently working as a copywriter in a local TV station. Was previously an advertising copywriter but decided to give it a go in the broadcasting industry. No doubt my job is secure but I feel that my prospects r somewhat limited here. I m afraid of falling into that comfort zone that most of my colleagues r in and not looking far beyond my horizon to realise my full potential/dreams.

Im just wondering if there r demand for writers in UK? No doubt Im in THE motherland of the Eng language and competing with the locals! How about freelance jobs or proofreadings n related stuff? I've searched on the net n postings r pretty sparse. Any advice or leads? Are most of these jobs concentrated in london? Im not sure when Im coming just yet, hopefully by mid 2005. Do I need to start applying now?

I do not have the grand illusion of landing a dream job n living the lifestyle I enjoy in msia. Kinda prepared myself to check-out counters, cinemas, supermarkets and other casual jobs that will pay the bills n hopefully scrimp n save enough to travel Europe too.

But looking at all the positive feedback here, I think I shld just trust my gut feeling dat Im making the right decision :) Nonetheless it'll def be THE experience of a lifetime.

Johnnyboy, need a writer in your ventures? Hehe...

59. Posted by crazynuts (Budding Member 7 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

just are aplenty..don't know bout in your field though..just be prepared to do jobs such as telesales/customer service and supermarket/cinema work......but at the end of the day whats 1-2 yrs of your career compared to 2 yrs in EUROPE.....i can go on a nice trip to paris on a months savings here...i can barely fly to heathrow let alone pay for accomodation on a years savings back it have the rest of your life to pursue your career

60. Posted by Priss (Full Member 23 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hey all...
um.. so i tried calling the visa applications office here right.... and the girl who answered... GOD!! could she be more dense!!! she wasn't any help at all!!! to top it all off, the line is always busy... so i was wondering maybe someone could help me out with this?
once i submit the form, how long till the interview?... on average at least?...
Would really appreciate the help!

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