WORKgateways UK e-newsletter
Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler
September 2006, Volume 3 Issue 13
The WORKgateways e-newsletter is written for working travellers bound for the UK hailing from all over the globe - from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada and more. Whether you're already in the UK, impatiently awaiting your departure date or thinking about going in the future, we've got something for you. Scroll down to view this month's info.
- Engineers and scientists needed! Skill shortage grows in UK
- Fancy another adventure after your UK working holiday?
- New category for Training and Work Experience (TWES) permits
- Try our HSMP calculator
- Insurance by day, party by night - a working traveller's experience
- How can WORKgateways help you?
- Better banking - get organised!
- How much can you earn in the UK?!
- Investigating international money transfers
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- What's on in September? More music and film festivals, and Oktoberfest!
- Star sites of the month
- A Budapest travel guide up for grabs
We’re into the twilight of the UK summer, but there’s still plenty of good news for working travellers and lots of fun to be had in September.
This month we’ve got an interview with another Aussie working in the insurance sector in London and info about the skills shortages – all great news for working travellers.
Registering with a few recruitment agencies is the easiest and best way to land your perfect UK job. This month read why you should register with WORKgateways agencies [www.workgateways.com], as well as important info about banking and earnings in the UK.
For the fun stuff, check out our What’s On (link below) and find out how to win your city guide to the latest, greatest destination, Budapest!
The UK's shortage of skilled engineers and scientists is growing, meaning opportunities for foreign graduates have never been greater.
Fresh faces are needed to plug noticeable gaps in the engineering and scientific sectors within the UK. This is great news for working travellers specialising in these fields who are looking for employment upon arrival in the UK, or for employers to sponsor them.
Foreign scientists are needed to boost local academic and entrepreneurial expertise - so Britain can compete with the rising economic power of China and India. The areas of research specifically being targeted for recruitment are nanotechnology and stem research. Preferred candidates are also students qualified at degree level in maths and science.
Go here to find out about Engineering Jobs in the UK and register with agencies.
If your occupation is on the shortage occupation list, it greatly increases your likelihood of finding a suitable job in the UK or an employer to sponsor you.
Why not try Chile? Working and travelling in South America was made much easier for travellers earlier this year, with the introduction of the Chilean Work and Holiday Visa for Australians.
If you're thinking about stopping off somewhere before you arrive in the UK, or want to extend your travels when your UK visa expires, the good news is that South America is getting more accessible for working travellers. Australians can now spend a year living and working in Chile, but you will have to have a tertiary degree, medical insurance and a basic knowledge of Spanish.
Many travellers opt to visit South America before or after their trip to the UK as there are many jobs teaching English or in tourism (such as hospitality jobs in places such as Patagonia).
Being able to work legally will mean better conditions and rates of pay for travellers. Chile has always been a fab destination for working travellers and now things are even easier.
The UK Home Office has announced that the Training and Work Experience scheme (TWES), which allows staff from overseas to gain skills from training in the UK, now has a new category for foreign-born medical professionals.
Work permits and visas for qualified medical professionals who wish to work in the UK, may now be processed through the new Medical Training Initiatives (MTI).
Medical Training Initiatives' is the term given for training schemes for individuals who are sponsored by the Royal Colleges and other organisations within the medical field. A key purpose of sponsorship is to train overseas medical professionals, doctors, and dentists in the UK's public health care sector before they return abroad to continue their medical practice with the new skills they have acquired.
The new category came into effect on 01 September 2006 and full guidance and a new application form are now available online at the Working in the UK website.
Are you eligible for the Highly Skilled Migrant Visa? Find out here!
If you are looking to extend your stay in the UK and want to find out if you can apply, start with our HSMP Calculator.
Steven, 23, from Australia has been in London for eight months. He's just got back from La Tomatina in Spain and is back at his insurance job in London!
So, how was La Tomatina?
Amazing, really good. It was fantastic!
What other travelling have you done since you have been here?
I arrived in February and worked until May - then I went on a Contiki tour for three weeks and then on to Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) and then to Germany for the World Cup. Going to the World Cup has always been a dream of mine and watching the Aussies battle it out was fanastic. Bring on South Africa 2010.
I've got a few more trips in mind for the rest of the year - like going back to Germany for Oktoberfest.
What were your first few weeks in the UK like?
Like most travellers, I spent the time sightseeing around London. I had friends to stay with which was a great help.
What kind of work experience/qualifications did you have before you came to the UK?
I have a commerce degree majoring in economics and finance. I worked as an insurance broker for 18 months in Sydney before I came over here.
Where are you working now and how did you find your job?
I sent my CV to about eight different recruitment agents and I landed a job about two weeks later working for the Lloyd's bank.
So what's it like?
Working in London is fantastic - not only for the experience, but working in a city like London is great. The social aspect of my job is good fun and earning the pound is a real bonus.
Any tips for other working travellers coming to London?
It'll be very convenient to open up a bank account before you get here - that'll save all the troubles with getting credit rating checks etc. Also get a few pints of lager in you before you depart as you'll need the practise. If you're notalready into football (soccer), then I suggest picking a team and try and memorise the players as football is a huge part of the culture over here.
What has been the best thing about your experience so far?
Meeting new people and having the chance to other parts of Europe while setting up camp in London is great. You can definitely do it on your own but having friends around makes the experience so much more fun and worthwhile.
It is notoriously difficult for working travellers to open bank accounts once they get to the UK - you need to have a job and a lease, it will take a long time, and in some cases, leaves you with a bank card you can't use anywhere but in the UK (so forget withdrawing emergency cash while holidaying in the rest of Europe!)
Organising a bank account before you get to the UK is cheap and easy, and WORKgateways can help you pick the right package for you.
Everyone wants to know about how many pounds they're going to pocket! You have to know how much you can potentially earn so you can get planning your whole UK experience
The most important part of your UK job search is getting your CV to the right people at the right time!
WORKgateways can help you get in touch with the right recruitment agencies, which gives you more time and money for the adventures ahead. We do this through a select network of UK recruitment agencies specialising in various fields. You can register directly with agencies or apply for specific UK jobs online.
Many travellers have used the WORKgateways site not only for their recruitment needs, but also to find out essential information about all facets of making the big move to the UK. And the service is totally free!
So you've arrived in the UK, hopefully you've got a bank account, but you don't have any English pounds yet? A common challenge working travellers face is getting a lump sum of their cash from home into their UK bank account - often your bank will charge you a large fee for the privilege of moving your money!
You may also want to pay off your credit card from home while you are in the UK, or send money back home for other leftover bills.
Read our guide to international money transfers here, and find out which option works best for you and your dosh.
You can also visit the Tranzfers international money transfer site by clicking on the tile below:
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Summer is definitely not over yet and there's still time to get your festival fix! Try some of these on for size:
The Bestival Festival is a three day festival in a country park on the Isle of Wight. Started in 2004, Bestival is a relatively recent addition to the festival scene but this year is attracting big names like the Scissor Sisters, Carl Cox, Sasha, Lily Allen and the Pet Shop Boys. It's on this weekend!
End of the Road festival in Wiltshire (featuring Ryan Adams, Badly Drawn Boy) is to be held from 15-17 September. It's held in the picturesque Larmer Tree Gardens, a couple of hours out of London.
Bite the Mango Film Festival - a festival showing an interesting and exciting mix of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world. Held from 22-28 September, films from Africa, South Asia, Central America and the Far East will be shown at venues in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
But the biggest party of September will definitely be the legendary Bavarian beer festival, Oktoberfest. To be held from the 16 September-3 October, it's the largest folk festival in the world and attracts millions of beer-swilling revellers (many of them taking time out from their working holiday in the UK!). Germany is just a short flight from the UK so there's no excuse. Pick up a stein and join the party!
To make sure you don't end up staying in flea-infested motels or booking into dud resorts, use Virtualtourist.com. It features photos, travelogues, reviews and chat areas about destinations all over the world.
You can post questions about routes around the UK or Europe you are planning to take, or check out reviews of hostels you have booked into. Great to get inspiration about your future travels!
The capital of Hungary, Budapest, is becoming one of the favourite travel destinations for working travellers residing in the UK. Just two and a half hours from the UK, the city is charming and magical with a rich and fascinating history. The tourists go there for the beauty of the river Danube, which the city rests on, and the many thermal bath complexes the city is famous for.
Find out all there is to know about the latest 'it' destination, with the Lonely Planet City Guide. We have five copies to give away. To win your copy e-mail us your name and address with 'Budapest' in the subject line.
Last month's lucky winners of the Lonely Planet Edinburgh guide were: Matt Turinski, Melbourne; David Adair, London; Carmel Fradd, Victoria; Alison Lackey, Melbourne; Emmanuel Chinweokwu, Belarus.
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