Thoughts on working in the UK


Deciding to work in the UK

Every year heaps of Australian’s decide to work in the UK. How does it work? It is still worth it, given the economic state of the UK?


Deciding to go

It is a big decision to move countries, even if it is only for one or two years. With any decision like this you should talk to your partner, friends and family, but in the end it is your decision.

One way to approach a big decision like this it to look at the worst case scenario and what you could do if the worst happened. For example, if you didn’t have a job after six months then you would have to come home and you would have spent $10,000 of your savings.

Also, you may want to consider how you might feel if you stayed in Australia – would you regret not living overseas?


Getting a visa

If you have a British passport or can get an ancestry visa then it is easier to get into the country.


For everyone else, you will need to get a Tier 5 visa.

A tier 5 visa must be obtained before your 31st birthday. The visa automatically starts three months after it is issued. Say you get the visa on your 31st birthday (in reality you would apply for the visa a minimum of six weeks before to make sure you made the cut-off), this means you could be living in England until your 33rd birthday. Of course if you left for England when you turned 32 then you would only have a year.


Getting as close as possible to having a job before you go

Some people can get a job before they leave Australia. For example, you might be lucky enough to transfer overseas using your current employer’s overseas network or you might get a job through a friend.


For most though, you will need to use a recruiter. There are UK recruiters in Australia, however I’ve heard a lot of UK employers want to interview employees in person. So unless you are lucky, the best you may be able to do is line up interviews for when you arrive.


Getting set up

Before you get a job, you will want a phone number, a bank account and a temporary address so you can give these details to your employer.


Getting somewhere to live

Which should come first – finding a job or somewhere to live? I think if you can get a job first, it may help to reduce your travel time between home and work to then find somewhere to live – particularly if you are working in a big city like London.


Living the dream

You have a job, you have a place to live, you are living the dream of a working holiday. Unfortunately, it is a working holiday so there is likely to be a lot of work involved. But as everything in Europe is just a few hours flight away, you can fly out Friday night and come back Sunday night.


It is over so quickly

The main comment from friends and work colleagues who have been overseas is – “it was over so quickly”. I suppose two years sounds like such a long time but if you actually stop to think what you were doing two years ago – it doesn’t feel like that long ago.

Posted in Goals & Personal Development, Travel, Work

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