Steps for the future.

Look at me, blogging three days in a row. What sort of consistency fairy is responsible for this?

The one also in charge of my procrastination… I’ve got a lot of things to do, and I thought it’d be helpful for me (any maybe for you) to write them all out here. I’ve been doing a ton of bullet journaling lately, and trying to get myself organized over the last week since I’ve returned from London, but it’s been hard. I’ve come to the realization in the last few days while talking with a few people that my dreams of moving abroad are not going to be quickly fulfilled, nor will it be easy by any means. I’m broadening my search just a tiny bit, by not looking at jobs in any specific cities, but instead looking more generally within the countries of Great Britain, Ireland, and Wales.

From the looks of things, there are plenty of web designer roles that I’m qualified for, but it really all depends on the companies, and whether they’re willing to take a shot and sponsor someone from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). A lot of the posts I’ve seen don’t make any mention of required citizenship or right to work, which opens a door for me to at least ask who they’re looking for.

Getting a little ahead of myself here, there’s more to do before I start popping off applications.

  • Polish up my portfolio

  • Re-work my CV

  • Look up immigration requirements for the UK and Ireland

  • Research work permits and lengths of stays for each type

  • Do I need an immigration solicitor?

  • Start gathering job listings to apply for

  • THEN I can start applying.

Kind of a lot, am I making this too complicated? Maybe, but most of the posts I’ve read from others trying to do this were people who married a citizen of the country they wanted to live in, or went there for school and just stayed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for me, being out of college for a couple years now, and a single Pringle. Which means…I need to do this all on my own, which is kind of frightening, but also empowering and quite frankly, totally badass if I can make it happen.

What happens once I apply for jobs? Honestly, beats me. I’m learning about this whole process one day at a time, as fast as I can read through immigration websites (frustratingly slow, they’re really dense!) and write my notes down. I’m considering vlogging and blogging more of this process as I get further into it - job applications, interviews, and the like. Would you be interested in reading or watching that? Please do let me know!

Kate.