My problem of the day
I work in engineering and have an opportunity that I need to consider. Should I continue working in my current job where I keep banging my head against the wall and go from one problem to another (job:submarine building in Cumbria) or should I pursue a potential opportunity (2 year placement)to build submarines in New London Connecticut. I am married with a 3 year old daugther. Your thoughts?Posted 7 years agoigmSubscriber
Basic issue is what does your wife do and could she do it there / would it hurt her career to take a year or two out?
My father taught university in the states for a year, so we were all out there for about 15 months.
Schools are fine (not that that will affect a 3 year old now – I was 12 on the way out), and it hasn't done me much lasting damage.
Get the experience while you can.Posted 7 years agojoemarshallMember
The yanks on average get about half as many holidays as we do in Europe. That'd put me off a bit.
Yeah, friend out there in quite a high level job was on a contract with 2 weeks holiday a year. Crazy.
Lack of holidays, crap healthcare (you might get okay healthcare if your job is very good though) and whether your wife has a job, given she probably won't be allowed to work in the US, are the big things to think about.
JoePosted 7 years agozokesMember
I've just moved to Oz for a job, and my wife has been really homesick. Hopefully once she starts work on Monday she'll have less time to think about things, but it's not been easy for her. Yes, the move got me a permanent job (I was previoiusly short-term) paying more than we got together in the UK, but that's not the point. Had I been in a permanent job in the UK, it would have been very tough, and that's even in a place where Claire can easily get a job…Posted 7 years agomrsgripsMember
The things to think about are the costs of the actual move (of course). Do you rent or own, will you be able to store your things cheaply or will you sell everything/almost everything and leave the rest with family/friends? Also what will your partner do? Will she try to work too? Things can be difficult for mothers who stay at home. There are not necessarily the same parent and child groups etc. But most of the time the neighbors are friendly and if you're church goers then that is one of best ways to find extra support.
Connecticut is a lovely state 🙂 Lots of outdoorsy stuff to do, mountains, rivers, beach as well as big cities to explore depending how far you want to drive/where you're actually going to place yourself. Autumns are lovely, crisp, and colorful. 🙂 If you don't like Clam Chowder you soon will. 🙂Posted 7 years agotonydMember
If the offer is as good as it sounds then go for it. I'd imagine with that kind of offer your employer would provide a relocation package, healthcare, etc. These could work out very expensive if you had to cover them yourself, particularly if you own your home.
mrsgrips raises good points about the wife – no doubt you understand the importance of a support network with a young family. If you're moving away from family and friends will you be happy to have to start from scratch?
I've lived abroad when I was single and other than missing family and friends I loved it but a family brings a whole different perspective to things.
That said, it's only two years so what's to lose? And despite what most folks say I think America is a great country, the people are generally very nice and the country itself is fantastic. Having spent lots of time in California, Colorado, and Massachussetts (sp?) with work I think the East coast is the nicest part.
Good luck whatever you decide.Posted 7 years agoFB-ATBSubscriber
Regarding the 10 days hols- most companies increase it as you stay longer, so if you're going with an existing employer you may keep your current entitlement.
When I was negotiating a placement with my employer's parent company in California, this was part of one option.
Also the cost of living vs salary vs cost of services makes it cheaper to pay someone to do jobs that you'd normally have to do at home. Most people I was working with out there had cleaners/gardeners/decorators.
For eaxmple, one guy had a handyman who charged c$40 (in 2004) for a half day's work. It's likely that illegals provided the labour to keep the price low. This meant weekends were free of the usual house chores, so you can get more free time without as many holidays.Posted 7 years ago
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