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Applying for first jobs in England/Overseas

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SuperflySnuka, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. Guys,

    I spent five weeks in Europe travelling with my friends. While I love it here in the States and would obviously do anything for the internships I just applied to, what do you think about starting off overseas?

    I didn't get nearly enough time in England, Ireland would be awesome, Switzerland was freaking amazing and there are other places I'd love to work. Do you think they hire English-only speakers? I don't know everything about soccer and nothing about rugby, but I think it would be so great to live there, if only for a short period.

    Any suggestions?
  2. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    The food in those countries is notoriously disgusting.
  3. turnovers

    turnovers Member

    I'd be interested in any answers to this thread, too. I'm already at my first job out of college, but have always thought about the overseas jump.
  4. ballscribe

    ballscribe Active Member

    Spoken like a true American :)
  5. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    It's true, isn't it?

    And, btw, I pray my next gig is overseas. For me, that means Germany, Italy or Korea.

    So, Superfly, yes I'd go in a heartbeat. And wouldn't think twice about it.
  6. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    There is a guy that posts on here that works in London, I'll see if I can figure out his handle. Maybe you could PM him.
  7. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Found it.
    You might PM this person:

  8. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    He is no longer in the business, IIRC, though he might have insight on living abroad.
  9. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    I've often thought about this too. Not only am I an Americanadian, I could easily get a five-year work visa in the UK as a citizen of the British Commonwealth. I also have a leg up as my maternal grandmother was born in England. Always nice to have choices. :)

    Of course, I'd have to come up with a new portmanteau. Limericanadian?
  10. Make an effort to have cursory knowledge of the language of the country you want to live in. If that's Britain, you're going to be fine with English. In most European countries, you can get by with English, but the residents will appreciate the fact that you're trying to communicate with them in your native tongue. It can also be helpful for getting stats, releases, statements etc. as they tend to push them out in their first tongue followed later (even much later) in English. It also gives you a leg up in reading the newspapers, their sections and catching news and sports broadcasts.
  11. Appreciate all the comments guys.

    Guerilla - I would only want to live in England, because I have zero grasp of foreign language. It wouldn't be worth the time and effort to learn at this point. Now, I know our sports here are completely different than their's, but I'm a pretty fast learner...
  12. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    not to shoot down your dreams, but i find it hard to believe they'd hire an american with no experience to cover rugby or soccer or footie or whatever. i would think you'd have better luck in non-english speaking cities which have english-language newspapers for the expatriot community. budapest has one, for example, and it hires 22 year olds and pays them crap, but i hear it's a lot of fun.
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