It's been a year since the last post, in which I've been writing nothing and with a little blog (good, quite) abandoned, in which my life has completely changed and I've been without much time for anything, but the time has come to publish again!
I was always of those people wanting to live in another country and, since I can remember, United Kingdom was my favorite. So while I was working in Spain and decided to leave to come to this cold and wet country, and the truth is I'm happier every day here.
If you are also one of the thousands of Spaniards who are considering exile in London or elsewhere in UK, Maybe you can give some of advice:
Destination: How to choose the city in which you'll live is very important, UK is very large (good, not great, but not as small as we Spaniards) and do not necessarily have to go to London. If your English is not very good at first rule of Scotland and Wales, where the accent is quite different from that studied in school and can be adapted to be a little more difficult than elsewhere. London is always a good choice: is very large, and therefore there is always employment opportunities, but it is very expensive to live here (as a 450 pounds of rent plus costs and over 100 pounds only to the metro) and competition when it comes to finding a job is also higher. Also, a big city can get to be a bit hostile and oppressive, not to mention the endless hours on meter… London is surrounded by a ring called M25, and cities that are provided are too expensive. The rest of the UK is much more affordable, although smaller sites will be fewer vacancies and perhaps cost you more to find a job. Here you can get an idea of how much a room in each zone.
Work: Although there are enough people who have come directly from work if you're not a crack in your profession and speak enough English certainly can spend months waiting for someone to call you from here to offer you a job. If you're a girl it'll come as aupair, since almost all families “well” British need. You can fetch an agency, pay a 200 euros and they take care of everything, fetch yourself or family. I decided to come as well and found mine in AupairWorld after doing a couple of interviews by Skype, and I was perfect. There are also agencies that seek you work and housing from Spain, but I have not met anyone who has been so.
Language: There is a popular belief that says that venirte UK and learn English. Yes, clear. Note that from the moment your plane lands you will have to communicate, and the British do not speak the same rate as high school English teachers, so my advice is that before you spend your money like crazy and venirte, desempolva tus books, Apúntate an academy, vete conversation classes… anything you learn will come in handy when you get. It takes a long time to learn a language “absorption”, so best studied.
Papers: Although in theory you you can come only with the ID you'll need a passport, and make a European Health Insurance Card is never over. Spanish banks normally charge a fee for cash advances at ATMs English, but if you have less than 30 years you can get a Bank card NX Novagalicia, y te saldrá free. In theory you should not need to make any other paper before coming.
IF YOU ARE ALREADY HERE
Accommodation: Typically a couple of days at some hostel and while searching for a room. If you want to skip realtors, agencies and other, Web quintessential home is to find Gumtree, or also SpareRoom to search rooms in shared houses. If you prefer to go to some agency will be more street all rule, but as always, charged for something you find, and fairly. My suggestion is that you do not bring too many things first, and once you've found fixed housing, make a trip “express” to Spain to pick up what you have been you or make you send it. If you need send your stuff to the UK You can indicate the origin Infoenvía, destination, weight and dimensions of your package and seek among the most popular packaging companies (UPS, FedEx, DHL…) so you can compare shipping prices and select the cheapest.
Work: The websites that offer more jobs are TotalJobs and Monster, but there are many more options when it comes to finding a job. Las Ett (Call Recruitment Agencies) work quite well here and there are a couple of them on every street. In Spain it is almost unthinkable that entering a website to give your resume passes directly to speak to the manager and you end up hiring, but here it happens quite, especially in shops and in hotels and restaurants, so go imprimiéndote few, and luck.
Papers: The first thing you need is to open an account in a bank. When I arrived, a year ago, Lloyds and Barclays offered free accounts, and have ATMs all over the country.We'll need a NIN (National Insurance Number), or social security number they will ask you for the work contract. It is going to get any Job Centre Plus, waiting two weeks to grant you an interview and two weeks until you reach the number (then we complain that everything was slow in Spain…). To register for the clinic in your neighborhood just need your passport and fill out some questionnaires.
I've probably left something in the pipeline, but I hope this guide has been helpful. If you have any questions or need more help with whatever, do not hesitate to contact me, as they say here.