Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dear Diary

Dear blog,

I promise to return to you soon. Just as soon as I get my life back!

In the two months spanning July 22 - September 22, I'll have spent more nights outside of London than in.  I've been traveling nonstop, and it's still going. A series of many trips has become one giant blur of Chicago-New York-Charlotte-Berlin-Stuttgart-Amsterdam-Parents in town so playing tourist in London-Rome and Friday I leave for Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

I've had a lot of good days, good laughs, and good pictures and I plan to come back and post about some of these. It's been great but I can't wait to slump into a big comfy chair and just sit there for about three weeks.

Be back soon(ish).

Shannon


3 comments:

  1. Hi Shannon,

    I came across your blog in the middle of doing my own research on moving to London. I'm currently living in NYC, but definitely ready for a change. I've been to London many times and absolutely love it! I think it would be a fantasitc place to call home for the next few years. Can I ask what you're doing for work in London? I'm hesitant to just pick-up and move, my ideal situation would be to have the company I currently work for transfer me to their London branch...we will see. Anyway, any advice or tips you could share would be much appreciated!

    Thank you!

    Bettina

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  2. Hi Bettina,

    Thanks for following my blog! I work for Google and transferred over with them almost a year ago now.

    Regarding a move to London....the bad news is that because the economy is so poor, many countries right now are cutting back the number of foreign workers they allow, trying to keep jobs for the native born. The UK is doing this in a big way and unfortunately, several of my friends who have been trying to move over are suddenly left with no options. Things really have changed quite a bit since I got my work visa last year. Of course, restrictions will probably loosen up again in the future, but right now it's near impossible to move over on a standard work visa. Individuals and companies just aren't able to get them.

    In better news....there are programs out there that help people work abroad when they're students or new graduates. Many of them stipulate that you have to be under 25 or have graduated 2 years ago or less. I don't know all the details since I didn't participate in this personally, but you could do some searches online and see what you can find. You can only take advantage of these when you're younger so if this applies to you then you may want to look into this now to explore your options.

    One other thing....all but one of my American friends who moved to London, did so with a company who transferred them. It seems to be the easiest way to go. Maybe you can start planting the seed now and when the government restrictions lift, you'll be in good shape to request to transfer.

    Keep in touch!

    Shannon

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  3. Hi Shannon,

    Thank you for the quick response! This information is very helpful! I agree, transferring through the company I currently work for looks like the best way to go. I work in advertising and there are so many great London-based agencies that have expressed interst in overseas candidates, but all conversations come to a halt when they see how difficult it is to get the paperwork.

    I've traveled to the London office a few times with my agency team and have dropped a few hints about a transfer, but I think my next step is to have a more formal conversation about it and officially get the ball moving. Hopefully, the government restrictions will lighten up in the next several months to make this a bit easier. In the meantime I will be living vicariously through your blog : )

    Thank you again for your tips - all very much appreciated! And congratuations on your move! Sounds like everything is going well!

    Best,
    Bettina

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