You would think that for as nauseous as I’m feeling that I would be on a roller coaster at Elitches – not sitting in Panera using their wireless. I knew that investigating this whole “moving abroad” thing would be difficult and confusing and overwhelming, and I’m getting my first tastes of it.
I would love to move to the UK to avoid language hurdles. However, with the way that visas and residency work, you need to have a job lined up before you arrive. (!) Searching for a job from across an ocean? Sounds crazy difficult. Plus, visa preference is given to skilled workers – and I highly doubt a secretary would be considered such.
The ideal would be to work for an American company that has a branch in Europe. Uh, how do you even begin to look for that? I have no idea other than looking up specific companies one-by-one. Maybe that IS the way to do it. Darn, no secretary openings listed for Google’s London office… (Or Boulder’s…)
I have found a somewhat helpful location to start looking at details: http://www.expat-blog.com/. It doesn’t seem to be a robustly-developed site, but every pointer I can gather at this time is eagerly absorbed.
Getting certified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) is looking more and more viable. Been scouring one site in particular: http://www.teflworldwideprague.com/. They claim to offer lifetime job assistance and that most graduates have job placement within a month of course completion. Are English teachers really in THAT high of demand? Maybe and I just don’t realize it. Cost for the four-week course: $1700. Not bad.
I take another sip of lemonade to calm my stomach as my head starts to pound. Clicking between the my five open browser windows in Chrome I realize that my tiny netbook screen was not designed for researching life-changing decisions. I think I’ve earned a cup of broccoli cheese soup…