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I don't know what to do with my liiiiife (said in a very whiny tone)

So I'm starting to freak out a bit about what to do once my visa for the UK expires. Ideally, I would love to stay in the UK, but since I'm pretty sure I won't qualify for any kind of extended visa, that's not really an option.

I figure my options, as I see them now, are as follows:

1) I go home at the end of the year and then apply for another visa to a different country (I'm thinking France or Australia). Ladies in these countries I would love any advice about whether you think I'll be able to get a job. For France, what level of French is required to survive?

2) I go home and live at my parents house while I get a job in the government and save to buy a house in the next few years. The job I'm thinking of is the one I would eventually want for life.

3) I go home to Canada and move to another city and try to find work. It will be harder to do because most of the government jobs are in Ottawa.

I know that eventually I need to get a real job like a real adult, but I'm so hesitant to settle down now because once I have a career I can't really just pick up and travel. I also feel like I'm not getting any younger and I can't just keep changing countries and working crap temping jobs.

So I am taking any and all thoughts on what you all think I should do because when I really think about it, I get panicky.

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  • If you don't know french, i would recommend Australia. I know a Canadian/Italian couple who just up and moved to Australia for a year and got jobs in Sydney. Originally they were in Brisbane, but they arrived at the exact same moment as the flooding. If you do France, what kind of job would you be looking for?
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    If you don't know french, i would recommend Australia. I know a Canadian/Italian couple who just up and moved to Australia for a year and got jobs in Sydney. Originally they were in Brisbane, but they arrived at the exact same moment as the flooding. If you do France, what kind of job would you be looking for?

    I do have a knowledge of French, but not yet enough to get by. I do pick it up quite quickly whenever I'm in France though. I figured that while I'm at home saving money to move to France, I would take a French course to brush up.

    I have no idea what job I would want. I normally do temp office work, but I dont feel that's something I could do in French. I would be open to just about anything. I'm assuming to teach English there I would need some sort of certification.

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  • I vote for Australia.  Specifically Brisbane, actually if I had my pick I would choose Melbourne.  A young person like yourself would do good in Melbourne.  I think you could find work over here since the job market is pretty tight.  I run into a good number of Canadians on a regular basis. 

    I know I was sponsored by my husbands employer for my work visa.  I don't know how it works if you are not sponsored. 

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  • I agree with myblueangel, you would need a decent level of French for an office job. To teach English, it's good to have TESOL however there are many private schools that don't ask for anything (the one I was teaching at last year didn't even care about my certifications - even though I have them). They are schools with the word "Cours" in the name.

    What kind of govt job are looking to get in Canada? Ideally you could get into the foreign service and then be posted Internationally. You should check with the consulate as they offer the Foreign Service Exam twice a year (at least in Vietnam they did).

    For young Canadians the easiest visa for Australia to get is the working holiday visa, however you have to change jobs/locations a few times during that year (unless the rules have changed since I was a travel agent 6 years ago). 

  • Aw, meggers - I feel your pain!  Although honestly, if you know what you want to do, you are already ahead of the game.  Not sure if that helps with the panicking, but you still have taken an important first step.

     I think you should learn as much as you can about the job you do want and whether it's the type of thing that will be around in a few years, if you will be one of the better candidates at that time, etc.  If posts only open up sporadically, or time out of school is important, maybe it's best to try now.

    If you do choose to stay gone, I vote for Melbourne as well!  Granted, I've only been to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide, but it was definitely the best of the lot!  What about New Zealand?

    Good luck and try not to panic!  I know it's easier said than done, I've got some big decisions to make soon, too and am not sure what to do.

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  • I did a working holiday visa to Oz, which i show I ended up in London.  I loved it!!  At the time Americans could only work 4 months and now they can work a year, this really chaps my ass.  

     

    I would go to Oz.  

     

      

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  • Why is Copenhagen not on this list??
  • If you are really interested in coming to Australia, this website will tell you everything you need to know about getting a visa to live here. Good luck with your decision. It's a tough one!

    http://www.immi.gov.au/

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