I am currently in France, living with my girlfriend for the last month of a three month sabbatical from a job I strawberry floating loathe. Long situation short, I have two options:
- Quit my job in the UK, handing in my notice upon my return. Relocate to France from Jan 18 - Return to England. Continue at my job but look for other employment in the UK.
I know what I want to do, get the strawberry float out of the UK, but I'm utterly terrified of doing this. I'd be leaving behind my friends, the little life I'd built up and...meh, an average wage. But I have no idea what I'd be doing in France. I'm trying to set myself up as a freelance copywriter but the going is slow. My partner reckons she can get me an admin job if I want but it's not guaranteed.
If I stay in the UK I run a real risk of losing my relationship (my girlfriend is stuck in France until at least February) and spending the rest of my life in dead-end admin jobs that pay well enough for me to ignore the deepening crater of despair within my soul. But it's safe, or at least safer.
I'm genuinely terrified of risking everything to move out here, but I'm equally as terrified of giving up an opportunity to actually make something of myself.
Worst thing is I could be without out a job semi-long term, which would force me to return home when the money runs out. I'd then need to set myself up again in the UK, meaning I'd have to take another awful admin job probably at a much lower pay than what I'm currently on.
It's pretty unlikely that I'd have no jobs for the time needed for my saving to fall away though. I've already spoken to a teaching agency that could probably get me some parttime work. I think my big fear is the change in lifestyle I'd have to endure. No more casually pissing money away on games or gadgets, more budgeting etc.
Seems like a small price to pay now I've written it down.
My pal decided one night she wanted to leave work and the next day had an au pair slot lined up in Italy to start three weeks later. Okay she strawberry floated her finances and struggled a bit when she got back but she got a tan and loved it. The time out was cool but I think she liked braving it and just doing what she wanted for a bit.
Got an interview with an addictions team next week. Obviously as I've struggled to get out for the last year everything seems to be going to pot and we may be looking at complete management restructure that could make the place a viable business that I'd enjoy working for again.
Yes do it TAF, it's really that simple. Don't worry about it don't worry about what you're leaving behind, have a go, see how it goes and make the big move. My brother lives in France and has been there for about 6 years now. Think he loves it out there.
Yeah go for it. Hell if it doesn't work out and you have to come back you will have experience already for work so can use that and if it works out awesome! Go for it free yourself of this country and be free!
So I missed an interview today because traffic/Anungs dad can't drive/sat nav being a bitch. Drove around for an hour until I had to actually go back to work. Quite upset but relieved to find I have an interview for a bigger better job. Like, up to £40K a year job. Bonus points for 'networking' since my managers wife runs the service and is BFFs with my interviewer.
If only our last meeting wasn't me incredibly drunk at her wedding.
Bunni wrote:If only our last meeting wasn't me incredibly drunk at her wedding.
I once went to an interview and was met by the interviewer at reception. We got into the lifts and she suddenly said “Do you remember the last time I saw you?” I said no and she then said “You were running out of a fire exit with a 10 foot cactus under your arm”.
It turned out she was the wife of a colleague. We had had a Christmas party with a wild west theme and there were loads of giant plastic cactus dotted around the room. I was extremely drunk and was dared by my boss to grab one and run out of the fire exit. Like a twat, I did and carried it back to the office (it was only a 10 minute walk away) and left it by my bosses desk.
The interview didn't go too badly though and I was called back for a second interview which I declined as I had already had a better offer.