Programmer immigration to england
Error number 1 – choose one country and look for work only in it.
As it turned out, a huge demand for programmers is also in the UK. I also received offers from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Poland and Hungary. The wider the range of search – the more chances. Personally, I moved to the country from which I received only one proposal, although I did not consider it at all and knew about it only by hearsay. It even on Google maps can be seen only at almost maximum zoom. This is Malta. And life here is beautiful!
My experience has shown that it is much more profitable to work with agents, since they have a lot of offers and their services are free for the applicant. Moreover, they can offer countries you do not even think of, and these most strange can give you more than you dream. As it happened to me.
I am a programmer with 6 years of experience. I know PHP and JavaScript and a bunch of all the attendant. In addition, behind my back I have 2 major projects and a year and a half experience as CTO. It seems to be a cool dude with a cool CV. I decided that I would look for a job like Frontend, backend and fullstack developer. But the interviews showed that even though I can do any task and everything will work, and I confirmed this with test tasks, the employer will expect from you a high level of knowledge – so that the teeth will fly away. And I’m just not so strong in this matter and I had to spend about 4 months to bring my theoretical knowledge to almost impeccable level. But it became possible due to the choice of a clear specialization – Frontend developer.
I advise you to represent yourself as a specialist in a clear field and to confirm your knowledge not only by deed, but also by word!
After about 5 months of finding a job, I reached a level where technical interviews were a matter of my pride. It’s only after conversations with the personnel managers that I was politely refused. In a number of cases, I only later realized which questions I could answer incorrectly. It is worth noting that different companies evaluate the answers to the same questions in different ways, some of them do not ask at all.
If there are people among you, let me know – I will join you with agents (although you yourself can find them if you want), and there everything depends on you. I can help with advice, but to find a job – it takes 100% of your sincere desire and a lot of work on self-improvement. Agents will introduce you to employers and agree with you the date and time of the interview – and then only you!
Since I originally set my sights on Germany, I was looking for German job sites, I posted my resume wherever I could. Because now I do not remember all the sites, but most often came vacancies with and theItJob.
And on this version of the site you can choose other countries.
After you send agents your resume in English with a link to LinkedIn, and it is desirable, for examples of your when, for example on GtHub,
as a rule, they ask when they can call to ask a couple of questions. You need to be prepared for the most different accents – this applies to agents from England. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand but modern you get used to.
There is another category of spending – it’s spending on moving. If the company pays for the transfer, then you’re in luck. But if not, then the flight and luggage at your expense. Another major expense is a pledge for an apartment’s arneda + agent commission (where available). When I found out, in Germany the deposit was for 3 months. + payment for the current month. Also apartments often are rented without furniture and without a kitchen. But I found everything on forms or thematic sites and did not check in practice. But it is worth to be ready for such expenses. More detailed on the example of Grehenia I will sign in the next update.
I am a self-taught programmer. Therefore, I do not have a diploma confirming my knowledge in programming. I do not want to say that you will not be asked a diploma. I was asked a couple of times, but the lack of a diploma did not affect. For example, one of the companies, which in the job description required a profile diploma and asked me about it, I was invited to a personal meeting after a technical interview. From my experience I can say that the diploma was rarely asked. Everything was decided on interviews, on which, I remind you, technical issues were often important only in half.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that very few people take diplomas from the post-Soviet space seriously in the west.
First, I’ll tell you about the costs of moving (in my example).
The first item is housing. Before calculating these costs, you need to understand which country you will be moving to and what are the conditions for renting housing in this country, because this is the biggest expense item. For example, in Germany apartments are rented most often without furniture, the maximum that there can be is a built-in kitchen (which means + expenses for buying furniture, pots, spoons, plates and other small things or transporting one’s own). In addition, when signing a lease agreement, a “guarantee payment” is made in the amount of a 3-month rent. This money goes to the lessor’s deposit, as a guarantee that if you spoil something in the apartment, then the guarantee payment will go for repairs. In fact, landlords are very reluctant to part with this guarantee payment, and try to keep it to themselves in any way. But this is a lyrical digression. We see that the expense for renting an apartment is usually composed of: payment for the 1st month + a guarantee payment (in my case for 1 month) + brokerage services. Try to find out in advance what conditions for renting an apartment in the country where you are going to go. We found this out through local forums. In principle, it all came together. By the way, we should take into account the seasonality of rental prices. In summer, as a rule, more expensive. In winter it is cheaper. At what, the price, which will be indicated in the lease, is unlikely to change throughout the term of the contract. Consider this moment;) move better in winter! )
(my case: 800 + 800 + 400 = 2000 euros)
The cost of living and meals until you get the first salary. It is necessary to take into account the fact that in European countries, advances are not always paid, to which we are accustomed. Most likely the first salary you get after a month of work. And all this month you will have to live for something, eat, get to work and work, etc. Probably, this article is for everyone. We were without children for the first month.
(my case: 200 / week = 800 euros)
Expenses for school / kindergarten. We have two children, 11 and 5 years old. On the expanses of the Internet it was possible to learn that the school in Malta begins with a 5-year-old age. Also, via the Internet, we found several schools whose feedback we liked. Arriving at the place, we went to these schools to get acquainted with the administration and find out about places. At school, we were given an invoice for payment of the registration fee first, and then for the first 3 months. I draw your attention that not all schools in Europe are paid. There are also free options. If they suit you – then this expense can not be considered. Kindergartens are almost everywhere paid and almost everywhere for half a day. In Germany, in general, a separate story with kindergartens. If necessary, the information can be found in local forums.
(my case: 700 (registration fee for 2 children) +815 = 1515 euros.
Language school … For a child, for a spouse, and maybe for you … Most likely it will be necessary. Prepare for this beforehand. At us the daughter went to language school 2 months. before the main school)