WORKgateways UK e-newsletter
Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler
June 2007, Volume 3 Issue 22
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.
- New blog network for travellers
- More guidance available for Highly Skilled Migrants
- New visa procedures for South Africans
- Traveller's tales - working in London's publishing industry
- New-look WORKgateways website launched - videos, scoop sheets and more
- Land that perfect UK job and get help planning your working holiday
In every issue
- Win Win Win! Encounter guides to Vegas, San Fran and Istanbul
- Tell us what you think! Prizes for best tips and ideas
The most exciting news this month has definitely been the launch of our new traveller network site BigOE . This collection of blogs is destined to be a great resource for working travellers so read the info below and get yourself registered!
We've also brought you some of the latest visa news and the scoop on how to land a publishing job in London (or if it's another industry you fancy - we can also help you out!).
BigOE is a new user-driven website designed to provide listings of the best and most popular traveller blogs as voted by you, and it has just gone live!
Want to read about other traveller experiences before you leave for the UK? Get the hottest tips or inspiration for your next holiday? At BigOE we have started to collect the best of traveller blogs to help you plan the working holiday of a lifetime.
When a Blogger in the bigOE.network adds a posting to their Blog, it immediately becomes available on bigOE.net and distributed to subscribed members who have chosen to receive postings for that Blog via email.
Although it can be relatively simple, a lot of people have some difficulty assessing their eligibility for HSMP or putting their application together. New guidance for the Previous Earnings section of your application is now available.
In light of the difficulties some applicants have encountered putting their HSMP application together, the FAQs on the Working in the UK site have been updated. Check out the latest information.
WORKgateways have also written some special visa guidance for HSMP applicants and it is available to be downloaded by WORKgateways members. To gain access to the great guidance, you need to be registered as a WORKgateways member. Become a WORKgateways member for free by registering with UK recruitment agencies or applying to jobs.
The British High Commission is no longer the place for South Africans to apply for visas for the UK. From 7 June, all UK visa applications for South Africans should be directed to a new VAC (Visa Application Centre).
The new VAC will be operated by a commercial visa partner of UK Visas called VFS Global. As part of their visa application fee, South Africans will now have access to an application checking service, a visa fee collection and handling service and a courier delivery/collection system for those who do not wish to pay the extra money for a personal courier service.
There will be VACs in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape T own and Durban. For more information, visit the British High Commission in Pretoria.
Stay tuned to the WORKgateways website and newsletter for immigration and visa news.
Michelle is a 25-year-old Sydney girl who has been living in London for a year-and-a-half. This month she answers our Qs.
What is your favourite thing about London?
The sense of possibility you get in a place like London. Mostly for me this means travel and the fact that it's entirely possible to be in another country in just a couple of hours is just amazing! Most people are here to live life to the full and seize every opportunity that comes their way.
Tell us about your job...
I'm editor of a children's magazine called CY. At first I was a bit unsure about writing for 12 year olds but it's been a really fun and challenging year so far. Deadlines are stressful but there are certain perks like getting to interview celebs and go to movie and book launches...
How did you get it? Any tips for other job-hunters?
I got it through a recruitment agency. If you're planning on working in publishing in the UK chances are you'll be asked to do some kind of editing or copywriting test, which can be quite daunting if you've just spent a few weeks or months travelling and cleared your mind of work! Be sure to brush up on your basics (one of the first things I bought in London was a pocket dictionary... sad I know!) and have samples of your work ready for interviews. Job hunting can be a slow process so start applying for things well ahead of the time you're hoping to begin working and most importantly be persistent! Don't be afraid to send follow-up emails and make phone calls, you might feel like you're being annoying but you need to remind people you're there and ready to work.
What piece of advice would you give to people moving to the UK?
Like a boy scout be prepared! I had loads of stuff organised before I got here and it made the transition to life in London much easier...and even then it was tough! If you can, organise your bank account before you arrive in London, get an idea of the areas you'd like to live and start looking at job opportunities and current salaries in your industry.
Plans for the summer?
I can't wait for summer! London really comes to life when the sun comes out so I'm looking forward to picnics in the park, barbies in the backyard and long, lazy afternoons at riverside pubs. I'll be getting out of the city though and heading to the Glastonbury festival (I've never camped, eeek!) in a few weeks time followed by another music festival in Belgium, so it's definitely a summer of music. Later in the summer I'm heading to Greece to work on my tan and down cocktails on the beach... bliss!
Some of the new content includes:
- A series of fun, informative videos about all aspects of UK work, life and travel.
- Scoop sheets giving you the inside info on visa applications
- An interactive checklist to help you plan your working holiday
- The popular, revamped Destination UK e-book
All the content has been written, researched and produced by working travellers and we haven't found any better resources for working holidaymakers all in one handy location! To get access to the new WORKgateways content, register with agencies or apply to jobs. If you are already a registered member of WORKgateways, just log in and click "MyContent" in the top menu to view all the new stuff!
New jobs are added to the WORKgateways website everyday - so what are you waiting for?
The UK is suffering major skills shortages across areas such as engineering, construction, finance, teachers and more. We have selected the best recruitment agencies to help you with your job search before you've even landed at Heathrow.
We've also got all the services to make your transition to UK life even easier. You can read tons of helpful information on our site about transferring your money internationally or find out more information about purchasing UK bank accounts at our UK Banking page.
For help applying for your working holiday visa, click here (Australians only).
In every issue
In June, Lonely Planet will be launching a new city guidebook series for urban adventurers on short city breaks.
Books from the new Encounter series are touted as the ?ultimate pocket guides? and are written in collaboration with travellers in the know. The first titles to be released are Dublin, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Las Vegas, London, New York, Paris and San Francisco.
This month, two lucky winners will get a copy each of the Istanbul, San Francisco and Las Vegas Encounter guide books. To enter email us with 'ENCOUNTER' in the subject line. Entries close 30 June.
Winners from last month:
Natalie Speranza, Rochelle Spooner, Charlotte Jackson, Jesse Nicholls, Rochelle Manu.
Are you in the UK and want to feature in our newsletter? Got a hot tip for working travellers about finding a job, taking a holiday or about living in London? Or are you still at home and have found a great website? Email our newsletter editor, and if we publish your comment, we'll send you a prize!