Taking those big leaps into the unknown can sometimes pay off. I've been planning the move to the UK for ages, but there's always been that huge uncertainty of it not working out. The biggest risk of course was not being able to find work to keep myself alive while over there, burning through my savings, and having to crawl home flat broke. Not enough of a risk to stop me going, but a worry anyway.
Well, the day I finally arrived back in Timaru to say goodbye to the olds, an ObjectStar job was advertised in London. Now, I've seen only 1 or 2 of those in the last 10 years, so these things are rare as a polite New Yorker, so I was onto the agent quick as. Long story short, after 4 weeks of waiting at home I did a phone interview, then jumped on a plane London bound via San Francisco, New York and Copenhagen, not knowing how it would work out. Less than a week later while in San Francisco I was offered the the job. Everything has just fallen into place: a job in London for great money, no risks, no blowing my savings, and a chance to really live the London experience while providing a solid base for my studies. And if my studies don't work out, I'll have finally saved enough to buy that house in Roseneath :-)
The job is with EDF Energy (formerly London Electricity) doing support work on their billing systems. Probably not the most exciting sounding job description, but the contract is through to Christmas for an excellent rate and I really couldn't ask for more. I start on April 30th and will be working near Elephant and Castle, south of the Thames.
Now to decide where in London I'm going to live...