What I've Learnt in London
Recently, I've hit a giant cross road in my life which will all make sense over the coming weeks as I make an important announcement (watch this space!)
I've learnt so much in the last couple of years I've lived in London; I would really recommend my Kiwi/ Aussie friends come here for their OE! My time has been divided between working in The Shard at London Bridge and living in Clapham South, where these photos were taken.
I think back to the person I was when I arrived July 2015: motivated, excited, naive. I was really looking forward to having a longer visa for London after a fantastic year living in NYC. I pick up accents quickly; I had an American twang and everyone was asking where I was from in America.
Unsure what I wanted to be doing career wise, I approached recruiters telling them what I'd enjoyed about the real estate market in NYC - the hustle, communicating, people, and $$. Everyone suggested a career in recruitment.
Having a Routine
As I became busy with work developing routine was key. When you live in a big city like London or NYC, it's easy to get caught in the rat race and not spend enough time on yourself. I developed a proper bedtime routine, and despite having sleeping problems when I was younger I rarely ever lie awake for more than five minutes.
Be less stressed
Working in a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) driven environment and targeted on making two job placements a week; work can sometimes be a little stressful! In University anxiety used to get the better of me. Since living in London, I've gotten far better at managing my stress- yoga, football and running really help me. Being organised has been key! How much better does it feel going into a Monday with lunch all made, clean room, planned for work etc?
How to budget
Yes, London is really as expensive as people say it is! I quickly learnt that buying glasses of wine and work lunches quickly drain your bank account.
be a Banter - merchant
Brits love their "bants!" Working in sales, we do give and take our fair share.
How to be alone
Despite all the people, living in a big city such as London or NYC can actually be rather lonely. People don't really speak to strangers - especially on the tube. If you do ever feel lonely, there is a huge kiwi community here - I spent Christmas with 40 others from NZ! To be honest, I embrace being alone these days. Working in sales involves a lot of interacting with people - after a long day it's difficult to muster the energy to even call my parents!
The importance of a good umbrella
People aren't joking... I went through four before I bought my life saving London Fog umbrella.
How to have 'one and done'
The Brits love a cheeky 'one and done' (it's never one!) after work.
London has been an absolutely fantastic experience over the last year and a half - I have made friends and worked with some incredible people. I'd love to hear about your London experience (if you have been here) or if you have any plans to move across! Add me on Instagram (@deals_in_high_heels) or (Deals in High Heels) to keep up with my journey - I promise it's about to get even more exciting.
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Briar Prestidge xx