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

Hi! My husband and I are moving to England on September this year. I need to know everything about life in England. I'm Chilean, getting a "wife visa" that allows me to work as soon as I get there. How difficult is for people to get jobs there? I've been working for more than two years at a Ministry here in Chile. Do you think I need to get my degree and legal papers translated into English? I think we'll be going to London but I'm a bit scared as it's such a big city. Can you suggest me some other cities? Please, I'll appreciate anything you can tell me.

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Carla, I'm sure you'll do fine. It might be hard to find degree-level work quickly, but you will find something in the short term. There are lots of east-european immigrants here who have had no problem finding work.
If you're on a 'wife visa', does that mean your husband is English, or has a British passport? Does it mean you have to go where his job is going to be?
Otherwise, you could both try any major city: Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield. There will always be work, but the lifestyles may vary.

Good luck

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


what kind of job would you like to have? Do you know what a CV is (sorry if that sounds really patronising I'm not sure how job applications work in Chile!) If you can put together the working experiences you've had as well as have a decent set of references I'm sure you'll have no problems at all. Your English seems amazing would it be translating work you'd want ideally? have you thought about teaching Spanish?

You might need to do a little training if you wanted to go into a different area but other than that....

The paper the guardian has a decent job section

Guardian jobs

or you can take a look at the Governement job finder:

job centre online

hope that helps a bit

good luck


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

We hand in CVs as well when we apply for jobs. I'm working as a secretary right now and I'm enjoying myself doing this, I could work as a translator as well. Teaching spanish? I don't know, I haven't got the qualifications to teach, mind you I would like to teach children. I guess I could do a little training or something that qualifies me to be a teacher.
I've worked with my mom as a saleswoman and with my dad as a translator and secretary, here it's a bit difficult for you to get a job if you haven't got experience...but nobody's willing to give you a job for you to gain experience. That's why I started working with my parents in different areas after I finished my degree. After looking for a job for about a year they phoned me for a couple of interviews at a Ministry and I got the job as a secretary. I've been working here for about 2 and a half years. you think they'll phone my references? I'm asking 'cause if they phone my parents they won't know what's going on as they don't speak English. Here at work some of the people I work for speak English so I'll put them as reference. Is that OK?

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

forgot to say thanx mim for the tips....I'll have a look in those websites you sent me

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

What's Oldham like? somebody's offering me to rent his house there, but I've got no idea what it's like.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you're worried about the equivalance of your degree qualification, there's an official organisation that exists purely for the purpose of verifying UK equivalances of overseas qualifications:

For a small fee, they'll check what your qualification would be considered equivalent to, and provide an official letter that you can present to employers confirming it.

Oldham is inexciting in itself - it's very handy for Manchester.

8. Posted by davidx (Respected Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Oldham would not come at the top of any suggestions I might make, although you could work in Manchester or Rochdale from there.
I think Leeds or Bradford would be good bets.

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