(Closed) Mr. Hedgie got a job offer… IN ENGLAND!!!

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

That is so exciting!  Time to do some research and make a pros and cans list of US vs England!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

@Mrs Hedgehog: That is a generalisation about Americans. People definitely think that but anyone who thinks all people are ignorant and annoying just because they’re American, rather than judging you based on you, is not worth you worrying about anyway.

Hedgehogs…. um…. I have never heard of anyone having one as a pet but they exist in the wild here so they’re not illegal animals.

The law thing…. you may have to re-train, I’d imagine. But I am no expert.

The house thing….. do you know anyone here at all who could go and check out houses you like once you’ve narrowed them down on a website? Someone you really trust? Or you could pay me to go do it? (MASSIVELY JOKING…. needs to be someone you trust loads)

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i think you can have a pet hedgehog but don’t quote me on that, they native to england amongst other countries but i don’t know anyone personally who owns one. 

i wouldn’t live in london yes it is expensive londonbourgh is a lot cheaper but there is congestion charges throughout london for those who wish to drive in london. 

all you pets would go through normal quarintine rules and stuff. 

as for english people not liking americans it’s not neccerssarily true, i think it’s more on a person to person basis. i work with quite a few americans, and i think they find me more annoying, probably because my accent is so laid back and well hardly english at all lol. the english are rather curtious people (most of them) but imo the further south the ruder the english get (sorry to point that out) up north and in the middle everyone will let your car out, stop to let you cross the road (no j-walking law here) hold the door open for you that kind of thing…. not so much in london though, everyone is to busy to be polite (only my opinion btw, apologies to any londoners) 

i think you will be fine over here, just one rule to remember …. we queue for everything lol 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

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@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Nope, I don’t think it’s American tourists that people object to. But I’d rather not go into it as I am sure people will get offended if I try to explain! And it isn’t even my own views, ha.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

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@stokieGal: Haha, the North-South Divide. I’m from the middle but I think most people agree that Londoners are, in GENERAL, too busy to be polite and friendly. And the North and Scotland are known to be friendly. But I’m willing to bet it’s the same in other places, like the West Country, for instance. How can people with such jolly accents and so much cider NOT be jolly? ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

yeah queue up to be served in a bar, queue for a bus, queue in traffic, queue for absolutely everything 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

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@Mrs Hedgehog:

Yeah, queue! Properly! I had a professor at Uni who jokingly told us about how she skipped queues….. she was American….. she thought we’d laugh at her being all American and not sharing our English ways…… we just looked horrified! The whole room! Skipping queues is so rude to people here.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely find out the package they’re offering him. I would definitely not recommend buying, especially given the climate England is in now for housing! Just to give you a rough idea of rental costs, London is divded into 6 zones (zone 1 being the most central, zone 6 being the very outskirts). A one bedroom apartment in zone 2 is around 1200.00 pounds a month for a decent place (exclusive of council tax, or any bills). Rightmove as mentioned before is a good website to look at, and also FindAProperty is good as well.

A few things that are more expensive in England:housingbillstrain fares

A few things that are less expensive:healthcare (free)groceriescell phones

I studied Canadian law – which is based on English law. There is no way in heck I’m able to get a job here unless I do a course in English law. That said – you can make realllllly decent money as a PA or other type of assistant in central london (upwards of 40-50K) so that might be an option? There are also a few companies that will take you on as a legal secretary and offer to pay for your ILEX training. They are super hard to come by though! And legal secretaries make crap wages here!

Hedgies are definitely not native to this country, and I’ve never seen one in a pet store. You might not even be able to bring it over if it is classed as an exotic animal ๐Ÿ™ Dogs (even if they have doggie passports) are put into quarantine for 3-6 months.

The thing about Americans is 100% true. I could tell you countless horror stories about not being served at a restaurant until clarifying that I was actually Canadian. That said – there are TONS of Americans living over here, and you’ll eventually start to pick up a faint accent and people won’t be able to pinpoint exactly where you’re from any more ๐Ÿ˜‰

I made the move 2 years ago, so if you have any questions at all feel free to PM me ๐Ÿ™‚

ETA: I had no idea England had Hedgehogs! My DH has always told me he’s never heard of one! I stand corrected

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

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@Mrs Hedgehog: Also, do you know the location if it is just outside London? (I think you said that, I may be remembering wrong.) Because then us UK bees could suggest cheaper and convenient places to commute from than London?

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

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@Mrs Hedgehog: Erm….. maybe a “line”? Maybe you don’t have a word for it because you don’t do it!

Post # 29
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Bumble Beekeeper

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@Mrs Hedgehog: haha. Yeah, it’s a line. They’re basically saying that you have to wait for everything.

Post # 31
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Queue = line

Plenty of people in America line up on a regular basis, bars being a notable exception

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