The things that you may want to know if you want to settle down in the UK
Is settling down in the UK in your bucket list?
For someone who wants to get more from their life and from their career, you may have to settle down in a developed country as an entry on your dream list. Countries like the UK and the US are on the list of all time favorites of the people who would love to make a world of difference to their lives and put their careers on the fast track.
You may be ready for a culture shock:
Considering that you from a place that is outside the UK, you may be in for a culture shock if you find yourself in a place which is essentially European, not only for its food, drink, lifestyle but also in its thought process.
Talking about culture, there are flips sides to anything. There is a good and a bad side to all the cultures of the world and the culture in the European countries especially in the United Kingdom may not be an exception. Then again, anywhere in the world you go, you are bound to meet with culture shock unless of course you are from a similar background. Therefore, culture shock is and must be treated in the right spirit and must be taken in to one’s own stride.
Unity in diversity:
The entire Europe and in most parts, the crowd is heterogeneous. This is particularly true in a country like the UK where the citizens are truly cosmopolitan in nature. Because of the heterogeneity, there is a high amount of tolerance prevalent in the society. There are foreigners in the country who have integrated so well in to the society and assimilated themselves that you can hardly tell the difference between them and the naturalized citizens of the UK.
Tolerance and the right to freedom of free thought and speech:
As a highly educated society and with the refinement that comes in with education, the UK society is extremely tolerant with all the foreigners and appreciates their right to differ in their own opinion and to a great extent allows them the right of free thinking and speech.
British sense of humor:
British people are very jovial and their sense of humor can be too refined to understand,. Sometimes, people from other countries and cultural settings may have problems understanding their pun and timing. Gradually, over an extended period of time, even the foreigners start to realize and appreciate the subtle sense of humor that they have.
Don’t be over enthusiastic in talking and mixing with people especially strangers. The British keep their own reservations unless they are partially also introduced and therefore you must not mistake them to be snooty. Rather, you must give them the benefit of the doubt that they are being cautious for reasons of avoiding embarrassment in public.
Don’t complain too much and too loud:
It is generally thought to be courteous not to be over cribbing about anything that is essentially British even of it is something as bad as the lousy British weather. British people do not like whiners but they appreciate if you take an effort to set right a wrong. If possible, do not try to compare anything with a better thing back home. It may not be too advisable to shun a newly adopted country.
Staying in the UK has its upsides and downsides too. The upside is that you get to live in an environment where the property is world class. The fittings, the furnishings everything is world class especially because they are sticklers for quality, precision and superb finishing. On the downside the quality of living does take a lot of money to maintain a decent standard of living.
Couples or even singles spend most of their time earning to make their ends meet and there is a decreased me time left with them. Family life may take a bit hit in order to be able to make a decent sum of money to be able to manage the expenses of staying in the bigger cities of London. And when you decide to move out, you would be thinking, how do I sell my home for a good price, as you would have invested so much into it.
The downtown area properties may cost less to buy outright and the rent/lease may also be affordable, but the reality is here that a big chunk of the income is lost in the food, travel and the education of children.