In a previous post, I discussed the difficulties of adapting to my new life here in the UK, but things are moving a long and a lot of positive things have happened as well.
As of late, I have had quite a bit of luck with the job search, culminating with a few different offers. I haven’t been in the position to choose from such a variety of positions before, so this is a new experience. It is really hard to compare the jobs (and their corresponding salaries and benefits) to my previous employment in the States because the salaries and paid leave are on completely different scales, but I’m very happy to have gotten offers at all, and especially so quickly.
One major difference I’ve found while job hunting here is that recruitment companies, or headhunters as we called them at home, are much more prevalent here, and it seems less common to apply directly to a company yourself. That being said, the ones that I have worked with have been very helpful, and have taken a lot of the stress out of the process, although it does add a bit of pressure to make decisions more quickly.
Applying for a National Insurance, or NI number has been another (so far not too bad) project. From what I’ve gathered, this is similar to a social security number in the US, and is used for taxes and benefits. Hopefully the rest of the application will go smoothly!
My second cat (of 2, don’t worry) has arrived finally, after some paperwork delays that kept her in the states for extra weeks after I left. She fared well on the flight and is successfully adapting to life across the pond!
I’ve also been working on expanding my social circle. There is a core group of Americans in the area which has been great, as they have been very welcoming and helpful in showing me around. I’ve also managed to find a running club, which has allowed me to meet more locals as well, this has also helped me increase my mileage…hopefully for a spring race! I’m sure I will meet more people when I begin German lessons in the new year, and hopefully with employment as well.
How did you meet new people and expand your social life after a big move?