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

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 77
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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@VickyAurea: Lol. I love the graphic!

Post # 78
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

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@Mrs Hedgehog: Look into working at the American Embassy, or a gov’t job of some kind.  There’s LOTS of American government jobs over there, and I’m sure they deal with legal issues with Americans breaking laws, and I would imagine that they would need someone who knows American law too…. somewhere there’s got to be something you can do and do really well!

My grandpa worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and he and my grandma lived outside of London for 10 years (not all at once, though).  They absolutely LOVED the culture and living over there.  I visited them when I was little and just thought it was absolute heaven.  I was 10 and tried to pick up an English accent in the 3 weeks we were there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 79
6468 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

How exciting! We lived in London for three years & had an absolute ball. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not sure about the quarantine rules, etc – you’ll need to check. (We had to pay a small fortune to get Oscar-cat OUT of London and INTO Sydney, but Australia is insane.)

Post # 80
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

All I got out of that was that you have turtles and hedgehogs. Definitely find a way to fly them over!!!

Post # 81
4688 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Wow! That is big news. Exciting and scary.

Would it be possible for you to work with an American law firm, but remotely?


Post # 82
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

WOW! Good news!

If you move, can Bees come visit? Sounds exciting. Do you know yet if you can take all your pets?

Post # 83
17 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Has he contacted the other companies to let them know he’ll need to make a decision by then?  If they’re interested it may get them to decide a little faster.

Here’s a link to a helpful website: http://www.uk-yankee.com/

The forums for moving to Oz were priceless when I was working that out.  Worth having a look around and people on there should be able to help you answer a few of your questions.

I’ve lived in Ireland and Australia, and while it’s hard being away from family it’s certainly an amazing experience.  And flights from London to the US are reasonable enough that you could fly home for short stints if you wanted to in between your yearly visits and people will love having the excuse to go visit you.


Good luck with your decision!!

Post # 84
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I haven’t read the responses yet but all I can say is DO IT!  NOW!  Don’t hesitate, don’t question it, just DO IT.  Seriously, it will be the best decision of your life.  I wish it was compulsory that all Americans had to do a year abroad as it teaches you so much about the world and makes better informed citizens of the world.  

I’m an American as well and moved to London when I was 25 – it was an enlightening experience that has opened my eyes to a whole new world out there.  I’m currently living in Australia with my British/Aussie DH but we are planning on moving back to the UK in a year or two.  

Seriously, I cannot stress enough how awesome of an opportunity this is – it will change your life, for the better!  Be warned though, once you move abroad and experience life overseas (in England anyway), it is very, very difficult to return to the American way of life.  I couldn’t even begin to fathom living in America again.  I tried for 18 months and couldn’t bear it so I left again.  The only downside is that being away from family is hard, although England is close enough to the States that visiting is not that difficult.  

There are so many perks to living in England though – and so many travel and cultural opportunities that you just don’t get from the States.  Paris for the weekend?  Ski break in the Swiss Alps?  Long weekend in the Greek Islands?  Yes please!  How about a day trip to Cambridge?  A footy game (soccer) between Chelsea and Man U with thousands of screaming, singing fans?  West End shows any night of the week?  Shopping in some of the world’s best stores for reasonable prices (Top Shop, Zara, and Monsoon are my personal faves)?  Sunday roasts in ANY British pub with a pint of proper beer (fyi: most beers in the US are crap compared to European beers) to wash it down?  Am I winning you over yet???   

Yes, you will encounter stereotypes – just don’t live up to them and you will find they quickly disappear.  And yes, there is a lot of research that goes into moving to a new country – I’ve done it twice now and it is a lot of work but definitely worth it in the long run.  

I really, really, REALLY hope you take this opportunity – it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will provide the most amazing experience.  If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to PM me!

Post # 85
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

From reading all the posts I do agree with the above post where IT IS AN opportunity for you both. I can totally see the reasons as to why you don’t want to though, which are reasons I can sympathise with like; family, pets and the familarity of your home country, I mean America has everything. Can you tell I’m fond of the US. You’ll make the right decision I’m sure.

Post # 86
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you should do it! It would be a great experience. Plus, you should be able to get relocated by your DH’s new company.

Me and the Fiance (now DH) did move from the east coast to the west coast.  It’s about a 5-6 hour flight home when we visit. Not as far away as Texas to England but pretty far.   It’s definitely difficult being so far away from family but it’s a great experience for us both to move away from family and friends and to be on our own.  I moved because it was and is a great opportunity for my career. It was a hard decision to make but my family was the one who convinced me I should go.  They knew we were young and didn’t have kids or own a home yet, so it was the best time for us to take an opportunity like this.

The one thing that has changed was that I expected to come home more often, like once or twice a year.  Unfortunately, we had some medical issues with my husband, so it affected our finances. So we weren’t able to go home for christmas one year.  That kinda sucked but it actually made us start thinking of our own traditions instead of following his or my family traditions.

All in all, my decision to move 5-6 hours away from ‘home’ was a good decision.  I don’t know where my career would be if I stayed in PA. We do get homesick sometimes and we are planning on moving back home to PA in the next couple years.  I don’t think I would ever look back on my decision to move to WA with regret.

Anyway, you should do it!  It would be an amazing experience to be able to live in another country.

Post # 87
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I guess it’s one of those things where you just don’t know what it’s going to be like until after you’ve done it.

About the whole Brits thinking Americans are rude thing…I know that there are definitely people who hold that view, but personally if I hear an American accent, I just edge closer. I love Americans lol. And there are plenty of people who also feel that way, too ๐Ÿ™‚ 

It’s definitely more expensive to live here from what I’ve been told by my mother, who emigrated a year and a half ago (now lives in South Carolina) so she’s experienced it from both sides also. And yes, the houses are definitely smaller! Think as a previous bee said, it’d be good to make a list of pros and cons.

I love the whole Brit/American difference in expressions. My Fiance and I have a couple of friends in Chicago, and when we visited them we just had to remember to change the occasional word and there were no misunderstandings at all, I’m happy to say lol.

Post # 88
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ok, sorry it’s a few hours later but I just went back and read some of the comments and wanted to add a couple of further points.  

First of all, it is not THAT expensive to live in London if you’re working on the pound.  I was a social worker, starting on 25,000 GBP for a salary and I lived quite comfortably.  I travelled out of country every single month for three years straight, sometimes for a weekend, sometimes for weeks at a time.  I went shopping at least once per week, usually more, constantly buying new clothes/books/accesories etc.  By the time I left London, I had acquired more than 30 pairs of new shoes and my wardrobe consisted of entirely new clothes – I had not one thing left that I had originally come over with.  I went out three to four nights per week – drinks, dinner, or both.  I also lived in zone 2, first in Queens Park, then Clapham Junction, finally in Maida Vale (all relatively central and easily accessible).  I never had an issue with money and actually saved a decent amount, so when people say it’s expensive, it is if you’re trying to get around there on the American dollar, but earning the pound, it’s totally reasonable.

Secondly, I know pets are important to people but I think you just need to question whether this issue is important enough to hold you back from a massive, life changing event.  I’m not trying to be insensitive here, trust me, I missed my dog when I first moved overseas as well, but looking back now, I would have kicked myself ridiculously hard if I had stayed home because of a pet.  Please don’t take that negatively, just think about whether your pets are going to be a deal maker/breaker for you seizing an opportunity as wonderful as this one.   Do you have family you could leave them with?  

And yes, it will be a bit of an adjustment when you first arrive there but that’s part of the fun.  I cried my first day there when I was trying to find a shop to buy sheets and towels at.  I wondered what the hell I was doing 3000 miles from home knowing not a soul in the world.  But you know what?  That feeling disappeared.  It will take a little while to get the lingo down and people will chuckle sometimes when you pronounce something horribly ‘wrong’, but it’s all part of the fun.  FYI, aluminum in England has an extra i before the -um, so it is pronounced al-oo-min-ium, not aloo-min-um.   You will learn all these things and then people at home will make fun of you – my entire family and friends network in America constantly make fun of me for my Brit-isms, but I love them!  I honestly can’t even remember what’s British and what’s American anymore…of course now we add in the Aussie and I’m really stuffed! 

One last side note – when (not if, when!) you move to London, buy an A to Z (pronounced zed, not zee).  It has every street in London listed and is an invaluable tool for finding your way around London.  Even native Londoners carry one with them because there are so many streets and they turn every which way and change names every five feet, unless you’re a Black Cab driver who has passed The Knowledge, it’s impossible to learn them all.   My A to Z(ed) was never out of my purse – best 5 GBP I ever spent.

Relax Hedgie – it is an awesome opportunity, you will find a job, even if it’s not in law per se, you will find something and have the experience of a lifetime.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 89
6065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

This is an amazing opportunity!!

I moved to Europe from the States about 5 years ago and it was the best decision of my life.

I love America but the lifestyle in Europe is amazing. Yes, there will be an adjustment period, but it is such an adventure!

I remember when I was on the plane over here, I was kind of panicking and the woman beside me told me how envious she was of me- she described what i was doing as such an adventure and great opportunity…

Now looking back I see that the panicky days were all worth it, and she was right.

Change is always hard, sure…but how can you not love the idea of weekend trips to Paris?? ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 90
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think you should do it!! i married a british guy and moved to England for him , granted it was south england and not london ( warminster) … i visited london and it is amazing. I think the hardest part of being in Europe, we are now living in Germany, is that you have to get used to things not being as convient. you cant expect 24hr walmarts/ targets etc everywhere or CVS and walgreens, although i do miss things and my family. it has opened my eyes to the rest of the world and its a great experience. I think the UK is expensive compared to the states but like previously mentioned the health care is a great pro and i loved it! the gas ( petrol. ) prices are high and houses are expensive but its a great place to live. I dont think everyone hates americans, i think its more they hate our ignorance. And at 25i was pretty ignorant, but not in a bad way, just in a ” i live in america and dont care ” attitude.  

change is hard, and its still hard, but i wouldnt change it for the world. I m grateful i get to see everything and experience different cultures and parts of the world. There are certain accents that are more difficult to understand, but hubby is from liverpool and that is a pretty strong accent so i learned fast. I find that most americans love the british accent!  Our accent is just a little harsher to them, and they will make fun of you in a good way ( sometimes ) haha. I think you should do it!  

Post # 91
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014


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@chelseaRichard: My parents are Liverpudlians…I think if you can understand a strong scouse accent you can understand anything lol.

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