#1
So here goes -

I work in Scotland currently in a company called Arup, just about been working here a year now so it's progressing nicely, they are even offering to send me on day release education to get better skills to help me do my job (i'm a mechanical/electrical draughtsperson) The only problem with the office i'm in is I very rarely get work from here, that's why I work from London often.

So today, I got an offer from a friend in London who I often work with to go down to London and work in their office on a long term assignment (1-2 years) The London office is a big deal in Arup, all UK work hits there first and then moves on, so I would be in a great place for meeting lots of contacts around the world, much better than where I am now! However as mentioned previously, it is only 1-2 years, not a guarantee i'd keep that job.

First big problem, I might not be able to return to Scotland as my job will have been replaced, so i'd end up getting punted anywhere, i.e. Leeds or Manchester office, and that doesn't really appeal to me.

Moving to London would be such a good career opportunity and just having the chance to go live elsewhere in the world for a couple years (even if its still in the UK) would be pretty cool, but i'm also terrified it would mess my career up.

I have no personal ties, so packing up and moving down is not a problem.

So my two questions are:

Londoners, how is it living in London?
Anyone, what would you do?


TL : DR Job offer to work in London for 1-2 years, scared to take it. Help.
#2
I'd do it, if it doesn't work out, go the 'Full Monte,' they were northerners
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#3
Yeah, I'd do it as well. I've lived there for about half a year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And from what I understand from your post, it could be very beneficial to your career, even if it is just the 1 or 2 years.
#4
Take the job, work your arse off for the 1-2 years, and make enough of an impression that they'll want to keep you there or one of your clients wants you for something else.
#5
London is the worst city in the world. So no.
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#6
Okay, so there are two outcomes here. Either you stay where you are, or you move to London, right?
I'd say the London job is a pretty sweet opportunity, but with the risk of potentially being a short-term gig (as you said). But ask yourself this - How often would an opportunity of this character cross your path? From personal experience, I'd say that they don't come that often.

Now, the London gig has a lot of potential. Big city, good gigs and probably a pretty good city to step up a career in. Even if it is a short-term job, I'd still take it.
If I were in your position, I'd be a little scared myself, because I don't know what's coming after. However, I am pretty sure that I would know after those 2 years, I'd make sure of it.

Some risks are necessary to build a career, and for this particular situation you have the advantage of knowing what the risk is before you take the gig.

If you ask me, it ain't a career unless you haven't hit a few bumps along you way.

Take the job, network as much as possible and just keep building. You'll know where to go when you get there.

Good luck!
#7
Its fine but can be expensive. You have a lot of tools available to you but you need to be careful about what you spend, where you spend. Think of it as underground zones: Most commuters live in Zones 4-6 where there's still very good connections to the city center, its just not in the city center.

Livings fine. Towns are close together, masses of public transport, some areas are shite (mostly west croydon and places around brixton) but some areas are shite anywhere else in the world. I mean, its London, pretty much everything to do with social interaction can be done there.

Sounds like a good opportunity to me, just make sure the offer is guaranteed.
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#8
All I could think about reading this is how absurd a Scottish person saying Arup must sound.
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#9
Yeah Scotland is a shithole living down south is much nicer

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#10
Do it! Don't pass up on a good opportunity to live in a different city. Finchley is pretty nice and reasonable rent prices for the distance. After 1-2 years you'll have a good idea of where you want to take your career and should have some good contacts if you want to leave your employer. Orr you can get a better position back in Scotland thanks to your experience in London.
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Take the job, work your arse off for the 1-2 years, and make enough of an impression that they'll want to keep you there or one of your clients wants you for something else.


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..I would be in a great place for meeting lots of contacts around the world, much better than where I am now!

So get your ass off of UG and take the job!!!

It's called taking risks. Do it.
#13
Damn. The very mention of 'career' scares the shit out of me. Go for it, man. Don't end up a waster, like me. There lies self-loathing.

PS. London, in my experience, is full of rude people. They can't even queue for buses.
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Have you got any advice for an engineering student?


Get out of engineering and use your mathematical skills in banking or insurance to make more cash than you will ever get in engineering, OR learn German and move to germany where engineers are respected like doctors etc.

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Get out of engineering and use your mathematical skills in banking or insurance to make more cash than you will ever get in engineering, OR learn German and move to germany where engineers are respected like doctors etc.

(I am a chartered engineer)

thank **** I'm not staying in engineering anyway, I'm going to learn to maintain pianos first
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#18
First big problem, I might not be able to return to Scotland


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Don't pass up an opportunity for a chance at something better. My 2c. If not, it'll be an exciting experience in life. We only get so many of those thrown our way.
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#20
Take the job, be amazing, and you will always find work. Companies never cast off their finest talent. They re-assign them.
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#21
Do it, even if it looks like you won't be kept on then it'll still look better on a resume to have that more impressive position. Plus, I feel like there'd be bigger opportunities in terms of other jobs in London.

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#22
Appreciate all the advice!

Think all you guys clarified what I really just knew, it's an offer I can't turn down - so gonna ask for a little more information on the position and see if it's reasonable, sorting out accommodation is the big problem, so once I figure out that I think i'll just take it, because why not?!

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