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1. Posted by londinium (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I'm a first time poster here and hope you could help me. For a long while now, I have wanted to work/live abroad and haven't had the chance to. I am 25 years old now (probs 26 by the time I go) and think it's the right time to get a move on :D

I found a program called Mountbatten which arranges all your accom, job, etc, but it costs something like £2500 just to get started. I will then need another £2500 probably for set-up etc.

Anyone know of any similar programs around which will provide accom and jobs? I am travelling by myself so would like any programs which have new large groups of people starting at the same time. Bunac sounds good, but they seem to specialise is Australia and their north american programs don't seem to cater for non uni students (I graduated in 2004!).

So am I searching in the right places? Can someone please offer some advice? thanks

2. Posted by londinium (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


3. Posted by londinium (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I am still looking for help lol

4. Posted by Chrisse (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

to be perfectly honest, i've never heard of such a program - especially for someone who already graduated. hate to say it, but most people i know did it through a college internship or just came here illegally and found a job "off the books."

have you ever been to ny? are you sure this is where you want to be? do you know anyone in ny?

personally, i wouldn't give that much money to any organization/company like that. i would much rather take a lengthy vacation and see what connections i could make at my country of choice.

don't be in such a rush to make the move. take your time and do more research and see what comes your way. i have lived in nyc all my life thus far. so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop a note. i'll try my best to answer.

5. Posted by londinium (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Chrisse,

When I graduated I went to Italy for 5 months and LOVED it. Since then, I have come to find a dreary office job. It's just not for me. I want to live in different countries all over the world and make connections across the world. I don't like to be in just one place doing the same thing.

I have always had a yearning to go to New York. It looks like an amazing place. The only reason I wish to find something similar to the program I described in my first post is because I don't know what the next steps to take are.

A friend of mine went to Australia last year for 10 months and loved it. He knew someone over there but found work pretty quickly. I don't know if jobs would be that readily available in New York.

6. Posted by Chrisse (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

jobs are available here. people are fired and hired all the time. it's an open market.

i have friends who make their living throwing parties. others who make it with their crappy artwork on cheap t-shirts. it's fairly easy to fake a job in NY and carry on pretty well.

you can make good money riding tourists and yuppies around on a rickshaw. you can rent/purchase a food stand and sell 'dogs' in a high-traffic area. you can sell pretty much anything and everything - especially if you can get away with just a warning. what you need are some basic skills, confidence, personality, and most of all - balls!

even the homeless know this. they perform, tell jokes, or hold bank doors for money. so long as it's not "panhandling."

but if you're a serious job seeker, some companies may actually work in your favor. you can add value to many firms just being from the UK/Europe. speak 2 or 3 languages? even better! take a look at trade magazines/newspapers. the new york times sunday edition, etc, for jobs.

looking for a place to stay? don't start with manhattan. and don't be tempted unless it's truly the deal of the century. check for starters. price it out. think about your daily/monthly living expenses (i.e. food, rent, emergencies, etc).

i recommend you take a trip here just to get your feet wet. put your funds together and take a month off from work. i'm doing just that. in a few weeks I'll be in Germany :)