After my adventurous arrival to England ( if you didn’t read it yet then you can find here ) I found out that the promised position were no longer available. Great. So started a little bit of panicking what I gonna do now far away from my loved ones. But my friend was very positive, supporting and patient with me and promised me we gonna find a job very quick. He made some phone calls and we did some research on the internet for the local agencies. Next day I went to one of the agencies to ask them about what is available to someone like me. I walked in to the office with a huge smile on my face and a piece of paper in my hand which is said :
My name is Andrea Sz…. and I looking for a job.
The administrator was very kind and ask a couple of questions but I did not understand anything…and anything is anything at all… But he was still very patient and he made a phone call to one of his workers, they were talking for few minutes and passed the phone to me. On the other side of the line a Hungarian boy introduced himself quickly and translated the manager’s questions.
Do you have NI number? – NO…
Do you registered for Home Office? – NO…
Do you have working experience in the UK? – NO…
Do you have bank account in the UK? – NO…
I think all of you can guess what the administrator said…He sent me home to improve my English first, sorting out things and then look for a job. I was a little bit disappointed but absolutely understand him.
After this failure I thought finding a job in England is extremely difficult and maybe there is nothing here for me. I missed my family so much and my friend was working a lot, so I felt alone and got a little bit depressed. Wouldn’t go out from the house, wouldn’t do anything just skypeing with my mom, my sister ,and my best friends. Two weeks has past like this when my friend phone was ringing from his previous workplace and his ex manager told him he needs some new workers, and he want me to go in for an interview.
About this position :
- Company name : Tesco Distribution
- Agency name : 24/7 Recruitment Agency
- work role : picker
The interview was held next day in the Tesco warehouse, Harlow. I was so excited and nervous because my English. When I arrived there I found out 15 other people waiting for the interview. Argh… I was shocked because this competition. It was 2pm and I made a quick count what time I will finish if everyone interview takes 15 minutes. Oh gosh… Hate waiting… But for my biggest surprise the manager took all of us into a big conference room and ask everyone to sit down around a rounded table. I was sitting next to the manager left hand side. He introduce himself and a company (I think) and gave us some documents to fill out. ( Name, address, phone number, DOB etc. ) When everybody finished it he said is time to talk about ourselves. Oh, no… I thought… I sitting next to him so I will be the first who has to talk. What to say? And how if I don’t speak any English? Fortune was with me that day too because the manager was asking the guy from his right hand side first which meant 15 other people will talk before me. I was listening very carefully all of them and tried to learn and memorize what they saying. When it was my turn I managed to say :
Hello, my name is Andrea and I am hungry.
Everyone is started to laugh but I didn’t understand why, not even when the manager was asking me :
Andrea are you a Hungarian or hungry?
I still can not believe it but I got the job somehow. Maybe the manager felt sorry for the poor hungry Hungarian girl 😀 He was joking with this thousands times since 😀 .My plan for staying in England only for 2 months as a summer job is changed and I stayed there for 8 more years. In these long years I had few more jobs after Tesco and I can proudly say I proved myself every time and the same time I improved my English so I have been able to get better jobs at the end.
Summary: Finding job in England is not difficult if you speak a good level of English or you lucky enough. Please do not rely on luck only, when you make a life changing decision like I did. Today companies has much more opportunities to choose between applicants which is means without English you have to be extremely lucky to get a job.
My top 5 advise if you are planning to move to England:
- If you do not speak English then learn before you go. Except if you like being in uncomfortable situations.
- Just like anywhere in the world finding a job takes time, stay always positive and maybe prepare yourself for some disappointing moments.
- Always try to have a plan B
- Do a good research about agencies and submit your resume before travel.
- Join to groups on social media sites where people are supporting each other with helpful information for example accommodation, great tips, latest job opportunities etc.