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We can also guide you in the right direction regarding other services. Here you find already some tips to make settling easier after your arrival :

  • Learn or improve the language- a good understanding of the language will give you a huge advantage of getting to grips with the local lingo, getting a job, build up your network etc. Also you will meet other new comers on a language course
  • Join an activity of interest in London- this could be for instance a choir or a sports club. This is a good way to get to know local people and make new friends and build up your network
  • Contact the embassy of your country of origin- they will have information regarding your expat community where you can exchange experiences with your peers
  • Make friends with both local and expatriates, the latter can be a sounding board for discussion and an understanding ear for the challenges you face. An expatriate can guide you through the maze of bureaucracy that local friends may not be familiar with like how to open a bank account, how the NHS works, getting a new driving licence, etc.
  • Check out some Anglo- foreign language understanding quides. The meaning of phrases like ‘this is an interesting idea’ or ‘I’ll bear it in mind’ or ‘that is an original point of view’ are not always clear to a foreigner
  • Read about the culture of the English and the British, because there are some differences between talking about England, United Kingdom or Great Britain. Some interesting must reads are ‘the English’ from Jeremy Paxman and Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes from a small Island’
  • Need a helping hand in London? What to do? How to do it? Where to go? Or whether you would like more time in your day, Cushion the impact can help. Cushion the impact is an award winning lifestyle management and concierge company offering personal assistance to busy individuals, families, expats and small businesses whether they are moving to London or already here. Give them a call to see how they can help: 02032180054 or visit their website
  • If you are moving to Switserland to the French speaking part of Swiss Midland (this includes Fribourg, Neuchatel, Jura and the French speaking part of Canton Berne) Job4U2 can help you settling in to your new career.


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