It’s a bit of cliché for young Australians, but I’m seriously thinking about taking next year off work (yep, they’ll let me do that!) and heading over to the UK for a year or so. At first I didn’t especially want to head to the UK, chiefly because of the hordes of Australians already there – I don’t really want to travel halfway across the world just to hang out with a bunch of Aussies! However, since my alternatives are the US (where I’ll face work restrictions) or the east coast of Australia, I may ending up caving in. Plus, I’ve always enjoyed the company of the young people from the UK who visit Australia, and my friends who have spent time in the mother country have returned with positive stories.
At this stage, I’m looking at working for most of the time I’m overseas. I’ve checked the visa requirements and it looks like I can get a four-year ancestry visa (my grandmother was born in the England) without work restrictions.
I’d prefer to arrange employment before I leave Australia, rather than fumble about for a few weeks trying to find a job. I’m not particularly set on a departure date: it could be early next year or towards the middle of 2004.
(Work qualifications-wise, I graduated from uni at the end of last year. I’m 23. I have a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Corporate Finance double major) and a Bachelor of Laws (both degrees completed with a Distinction average, if that matters). I’ve spent 2003 working as a Treasury analyst (which is a job my employer will hold for me, should I take 12 months leave without pay.))
I’m not particularly set on a particular field of employment: it could be accounting, it could be finance, it could be policy, it could be banking – I’d even consider doing law, at a very last resort. :eek:
(It’s all just work, as far as I’m concerned!)
I’m also haven’t set my mind on a destination within the UK. London would have its advantages, but really I’m not too fussy in this regard.
So essentially, I’m looking for work-related suggestions from our UK Dopers: how to get a job, what locations to target, what fields are open to me and any connected issues. Any advice at all is very welcome.
Thanks in advance!