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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler

25 August 2005 Volume 3 Issue 3

WORKgateways e-newsletter is written for UK working travelers whether you are in the UK, impatiently awaiting your departure date or thinking about going in the future.... Scroll down to view this month's topics, articles and info.


Introductory Comments

  • A real travel experience

What's New:

  • NEW Property Jobs section added


  • Travelling Solo, "The adventure begins"
  • In the UK!
    • Forum Question of the month - Contract V Permanent

In every issue:

  • Site of the month - - Free Typing test online - Besides just being more effective, typing skills often improve your employment opportunities.

Introductory Comments

This month I am actually taking a holiday myself. But fear not, for we have a special albeit shorter edition of our newsletter for you. It's special because in this month's newsletter we start the first of a six part series from our roving travel writer! Our very own WORKgateways correspondent will give us all a glimpse of her real UK working holiday travel experience 'as it happens'; don't miss the places she goes, people she meets, lessons she learns and advice she offers. Scroll down for Part I of 'A Traveller's Tale'.

Need Accommodation when you arrive in London?

What's New.

NEW Property Jobs section added

The Property industry in the UK is very well established and has been benefiting from the arrival of qualified international property professionals for many years. Property professionals with at least a year's post-graduation experience in either a private practice, consultancy or from within local government will find the UK a welcoming place for employment.

In our Property Jobs guide we answer questions like:

  • Where are the Property Jobs located?
  • How much do you earn in the UK?

Get these questions answered and more, or view the latest property jobs.

To View jobs in your industry - Go to Job Search.

Or, if you have plans to arrive in the UK in the next two years simply Register with Agencies in your field.


The Adventure Begins

Whether you're already in the UK, all done organising your departure date, or your working holiday is only an idea bubbling away in the back of your mind, you can't beat advice from someone who has 'been there, done that.' Over the next few months I'm going to be your eyes and ears in the UK, imparting the many wisdoms I will hopefully discover as I embark upon the exciting challenges of relocating to the land of lads, lager and Lizzy (Queen Lizzy that is!). My departure date from Sydney is looming, bags are semi-packed, and nervous anticipation abounds. I'm young, Australian, and ready for anything - what could possibly go wrong?!

I've discovered that one of the best things you can do is to be prepared. Yes, you may strike it lucky and walk off the plane in to the job, flat and new life you've been dreaming of, but it certainly doesn't hurt to make things just that little bit easier for yourself by planning ahead. You can save a lot of hassle by doing simple things like organising a UK bank account from home, getting savvy with international money transfers, settling debts (like mobile phone contracts), or increasing your credit card limit in case of any emergencies. Do your research in to what kind of money you can expect to be earning and the kinds of jobs you can get on your visa. Remember, an Aussie dollar doesn't count for much against the Pound!

Registering with recruitment agencies before you leave is a great idea and an easy way to start job hunting before you even set foot in the UK (find jobs and register for your industry on the WORKgateways website). Have your resume and references written and ready to go; this way you won't have to worry about these things once you get there and you can get straight to the important things - like lads and lager!

There's so many amazing opportunities awaiting working holidaymakers in the UK, and I can't wait to get amongst them and see just how far my enthusiasm (and genuine Aussie charm) can get me! As someone once said, the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Well, this is just the first wish me luck, and stay tuned!

Check out some helpful links:

In the UK

  1. Contract v Permanent Work?

    OK guys, here is our not-so-definitive answer to that $64000 question.

  2. Need to transfer money home?

    Here are the various options.

Your say: email your say to Jane Stewart.

Do you have any questions or comments? Is there anything you'd like to see addressed in WORKgateways e-newsletter? Please email with any comments.

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