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Old Dec 29th 2013, 9:48 pm
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Hey,

I am currently in my 3rd year of study at University in the UK and aim to start a life abroad when I graduate in May 2014. I have been looking into it for a few years and now understand what I am getting into, as far as reading will tell me.

I am open on where to relocate to (still researching), but the US is my preferred destination so far, however I understand it can be a ball-ache to obtain a visa. My field is IT but I have 4 years experience in retail (if that actually means anything!) and completed some work experience in PR and video production. Opportunities are forever changing, where are there currently jobs in IT?

End game - I will hopefully have a job doing something in IT, but I am open to any job to begin with in order to get settled.

Something on my mind is, with my lack of experience and skill set is the likely hood of me getting an opportunity pretty slim?

Lastly, any advice for a potential young expat?

Sorry for the wall of text, and thank you very much if you lasted this long! Any guidance is greatly appreciated
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Old Dec 29th 2013, 9:59 pm
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Hey,

I am currently in my 3rd year of study at University in the UK and aim to start a life abroad when I graduate in May 2014. I have been looking into it for a few years and now understand what I am getting into, as far as reading will tell me.

I am open on where to relocate to (still researching), but the US is my preferred destination so far, however I understand it can be a ball-ache to obtain a visa. My field is IT but I have 4 years experience in retail (if that actually means anything!) and completed some work experience in PR and video production. Opportunities are forever changing, where are there currently jobs in IT?

End game - I will hopefully have a job doing something in IT, but I am open to any job to begin with in order to get settled.

Something on my mind is, with my lack of experience and skill set is the likely hood of me getting an opportunity pretty slim?

Lastly, any advice for a potential young expat?

Sorry for the wall of text, and thank you very much if you lasted this long! Any guidance is greatly appreciated
Hi there and welcome to BE

From the UK, the easiest countries to move to would be those in the EU. There are also places like Australia that offer the working holiday visa to younger people. Getting into the US is very difficult unless you get very lucky, but Canada may be an option if you don't mind cold. For any permanent move though you may need at least a few years experience.

Sorry if that all sounds vague
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Old Dec 29th 2013, 10:53 pm
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I agree a Working Holiday Visa sounds like the best bet for you. you would need to check out the various countries immigration sites to see what is required but at least it is a starting point.
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Old Jan 2nd 2014, 3:35 pm
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Thank you both for your input. I have opted to start with an American summer camp next summer, followed by a 1 year working visa in Canada (Toronto area). Everything is set in motion and should be confirmed soon. Hopefully it will give me an insight into life in that part of the world, plus a foothold to stay in Canada if an opportunity arises.

Now to look for a job in the Toronto area!
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