I have now been living in England for seven months, and if the theory is correct, I should be experiencing a culture shock or trying to get over it. It means that I should be frustrated, struggling and constantly anxious while trying to adjust and fit into the new environment. Nope, that hasn’t happened and doesn’t seem to be happening! Honestly, I have not felt the slightest hints of a culture shock so far. But what have I experienced?
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One of the things that makes me frustrated so many times is the English language. Don’t get me wrong – I love it, and I love the fact that I am lucky to have learned it and it allows me to live in Manchester, however… sometimes it’s more like “love-hate” relationship. How come? Well, let me explain.
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I still remember that day, I think it was late November. I was sat at my desk at work trying to crack on with my to-do list, one month in the job. And suddenly this realisation hit me – “Damn! This sh*t is real! I’m in Manchester, having a proper job, I have actually started a new life.” Yes, it took that long for the whole idea to sink in. And it scared me! Five months in now, has anything changed? Continue reading “And The Sh*t Got Real… Five Months In!”
These past few months, while starting up my new life in Manchester, I have learned many things. About life, about people, and most importantly – about myself. I have also learned to manage myself better. How is that? Basically – it’s not to go mental when everything around seems to be falling apart, or when life throws yet another challenge at you. Read on if you want to know the secret to staying sane in such circumstances. Continue reading “Staying Sane While Turning Your Life Upside Down”
Before moving to Manchester, my only experience with living abroad was the ERASMUS semester I spent in Malta. But that was a completely different story – I was there temporarily, and didn’t need much. However, when you move to another country to live and work there, and to build a new life, things get more serious. And before you do that – you have to make sure you know what you’re doing and what you’re in for. Sharing from my experience – questions to ask and answer before the big move. Continue reading “9 Questions You Need To Answer Before Moving Abroad”
I was supposed to write about my first day at my new job (at least that’s what the content plan says), but as you might guess – it got a bit busy. Five days flew by so fast! They were so eventful – loads of new information, meeting new people… getting crowned the Bowling Queen and Digital Laura, breaking internal records. Yes, all that happened to me on my first week. Want to know more? Continue reading “Getting ZEALified: First Week At My New Job”
As you might know by now, I have managed the impossible and landed myself a pretty nice job here in Manchester. As I didn’t have to start right away, a crazy idea of hopping on a plane to Riga started to seem quite realistic as soon as I got the job offer. And so I did! Bought the tickets on a Tuesday afternoon and boarded the plane three days later. I got one week time and so much I wanted to do! How did it all turn out? Continue reading “That First Trip Back Home…”
Since the moment I considered the idea of moving to Manchester, I started exploring this question quite seriously. The more information I consumed, the more overwhelmed I felt, and it just seemed too much of a hassle. But as I’m an experienced project manager, I treated all this as a project – I made a plan and I wrote down all the things that needed to be sorted or done. I called it “Project Manchester”, and in this blog post, I’ll give you all the details on what it actually took me to make it all happen. Continue reading “Project Manchester: What It Actually Takes To Move To Another Country”
Almost everyone I meet and tell my story and where I come from, asks me the same question: “Why Manchester?” Most of them expect a story, but my answer is quite simple: “I just fell in love with the city!” And that is completely true – I decided to move to another country and push a reset button on my life because I felt like I belong here and would really enjoy living in Manchester. Continue reading “11 Ways To Fall In Love With Manchester”
I know, most job search processes are taking long, and only a few can be lucky enough to sprint through it in a couple of weeks. And, as hard as it might be to believe, the time you’re spending as a job seeker does not always correlate with how good or bad of a candidate you are. But how to keep yourself motivated and going? I’ll try to share my experience. Continue reading “6 Ways How To Keep Yourself Motivated During Job Search”