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Working in England by emartin on 17 February 2003 8:18pm

I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice for gaining employment in either England or Ireland? I am currently (sort-of) a student in the U.S. but I was hoping to come to the UK to try to work for a while. I've been reading about visas and work permits and everything online, but it's all a bit confusing and intimidating. If anyone could offer some advice on how I could really make this happen I would be thrilled!
Re: Working in the England by MissTrixiB on 18 February 2003 4:25am
I tried to get a job in the UK a couple of years ago. The top criteria was either being 3rd generation, getting a work permit through a local company (near impossible) or to be a landscaper/gardner (liscenced, I'm sure). Being a student should help a great deal. I was able to find a number of opportunities for acedemics, but I'm not a student. If it's a little overwhelming, I'd start with your school. There can be quite a few programs that they can offer.....even their 'sister' schools may have somthing which you can earn credit for. I know a guy from Africa that's on a student work Visa in London and he works at Selfridges.
Good luck!
Re: Working in the England by Tracy on 18 February 2003 4:55am
3rd generation really? im second generation over here
Re: Working in the England by MissTrixiB on 18 February 2003 5:03am
That's what I read....perhaps only 2nd.....I think it was 1 set of grandparents.....Argghh! See....even I'M confused. Either way, I didn't qualify.
Re: Working in England by Crutchgroovin on 18 February 2003 10:29pm
Hey, emartin: I'm in the same boat as you. I've been working on heading to England for a couple of years of employment. I was told that the admissions office in my college can help to set students up with jobs overseas. I hear that most universities will do this, so that may be worth a look. Good luck, mate.
Re: Working in England by emartin on 19 February 2003 9:03am
Thank you so much for the advice. I really hope that something helps get me there. I will try to dig something up. Bray, good luck and I hope that you get your chance to go. Where do you live?

Hope to see you at the chat tomorrow!
Re: Working in England by Layla on 19 February 2003 1:26pm
Hi Emartin ,I'm from Ireland living in Germany and I've just sorta gotten a friend a job with my dad in Dublin - she's a studend too but as she's from the EU so she doesn't need a permit..
Do you want to do an internship or will any job like sales assistant do?
I'm not totally sure about visas etc.but there are tons of fresh non-EU people working everywhere in Dublin and they don't look like they had a lot of trouble getting permission. I had to get one when I went to CA, but of course I never needed one for Ire.!
One word of warning: Ireland is very very (very) expensive to live in - you would get a shock if you were to go there.
If you do get a visa and decide to go to Ireland I could help you find somewhere to live and maybe get you a contact if you want.
good luck!
Re: Working in England by emartin on 19 February 2003 8:03pm
I am just looking for any possible way to get over there!! I had thought about just going over to travel, but I figured my parents would be easier to convince if I was working or something. Honestly, any old job will do! I've heard it is very difficult for employers to hire non-nationals, they have to prove the couldn't hire a national to do the job and such, but any help/advice you could give would be greatly, greatly appreciated!
Chat is to start soon! Can't wait!!!

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