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Old 11-19-2007, 01:01 PM
 
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Wasnt sure if i posted it in the right place before,so am posting it here aswell,Can anyone tell me what Brooklyn is like ? I am interested in doing some work in america,either seasonal,so that i can live there for a while,and also come back to england for awhile,or permanent,although i think it should be seasonal at first.I would prefer accomodation being included in or near the place i am working.I am qualified in performing arts,english language and literature,and have had experience in admin and retail,and am also interested in childcare,so any of those kind of jobs would do.
If you have any info on jobs,accomodation,costs of flights from england to brooklyn,or any other general information,i would really appreciate it.I have never lived abroad before,infact i have never lived away from my family,so it would be a big step.Also do you know if you need much work experience to work in america ?
Also ,what kind of social things can you do there in your spare time ?
My friend has applied to be a camp team leader,she will either be based in brooklyn or minnesota.I'm not sure if we will be able to live and work together,it depends what we find.I also have a few friends who live in different areas of america,one who lives in L.A has said i could stay with her,but i only know her online,so that could be taking a risk,and obviously then i will be living in a different area to my friend.It was my friend who mentioned doing this.I'm not sure when she will be going there yet.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:33 PM
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Location: New York
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First of all, you can't just get on the plane and come and work in the US. You would need a work permit (which is very difficult to get) unless you plan to work here illegally (not a good idea). There are some kind of "work and travel" programs which allow students to work here on a temporary basis. Another option would be to come as an au pair (although I am not sure if you would be allowed being a native English speaker).
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:08 AM
 
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Talking Some things to consider

Also another thing to consider is that the USA is very
vast and different, what you can expect to experience,
depends largely on where you are...
As well the type of job you will be able to obtain with
your experience level is very dependant upon where you
will be living.
Some cities and states are more expensive than others, New
York probably being right up there as one of the most if
not the most expensive.

COMPARISON
Having lived in Pennsylvania (born and raised)
And also Florida, Kentucky and Texas I can tell you that
Kentucky was the least expensive and most laid back, jobs
were very plentiful and the starting pay was very good. A
studio apartment there can easily be had for $400.00 a
month or less. (with some looking)

***Entertainment there is pretty much a downtown
nightspot, that is mostly alive on the weekends, there is
a six flags over kentucky amusement park, plenty of movie
theatres, lots of tourism, which brings lots of activities
to the downtown convention center, right across the bridge
in southern Indiana, there is casino boat gambling, derby
day is a big deal and the celebration lasts for a couple
weeks. College sports are a big deal also...lots of
celebrating.

Florida and Texas are pretty comparable when it comes to
cost of living, although Texas in my opinion is a little
more technology oriented, whereas Florida was more service
oriented.

In Texas living with a roommate is the norm for most
single people, although it is possible to find a one
bedroom apartment for less than $600.00 per month.
(without too much looking)

***Entertainment, I live in Austin...which is the capital
city and most bushee/uppity, but not a whole lot to do if
you wanna do more than drink, listen to music or watch
college football, all of which are very big here...but
dallas and houston offer lots of activities, amusement
parks, water parks, drinking, professional sports teams,
you name it both of those cities have it and for cheaper
than Austin.

Pennsylvania...and keep in mind I was born and raised in
Pittsburgh, is more expensive than Florida, Texas and
Kentucky, jobs are not as plentiful and it's very
expensive...in fact there are really only two classes of
people living there and that's the very poor, which includes the regular
working class poor (when they can find a job) and the
upperclass.
The middle class vanished from there back in the 80's

The roommate situation there is really only something
college students do and even then the cost can be steep.
Although you can find a room to rent for about $400.00 or
more that would include use of the kitchen and bathrooms.
(You have to search them out, as they are not that plentiful, and hope you meet their selection criteria).

***Entertainment, lots of bars, lots of beautiful parks,
fishing, old fashioned amusement parks, amish country,
hershey pa, lake erie, etc.

NARROWING IT DOWN
So I said all of that to say this...

You would do well to narrow down the places that interest
you and then do a comparison of those places specifically.

Figure out what you want and what you need and how much
it's gonna cost you to get it.

For example, do you require a place of your own, or would
having a roommate be an option, do you prefer to walk or
bike everywhere, is taking the bus or subway exceptable or
is a car a must.

Can you get by on canned tuna and ramen noodles and
anything else on sale at the scratch and dent grocery
store, or do you prefer organic all the way?

Then get a Resume/CV together and figure out what tangible
experience you are bringing to the table and what others
in your chosen field at your experience level are being
paid to do that same job.

A good place to find this information would be
careerbuilder.com or Monster.com

Once you have determined your needs, what cities interest
you and how much it will cost to live there at the comfort
level you desire.

You will be well on your way to figuring out the best
place for you...
And it may or may not be where your friend is.
*Best wishes and if I can be of any help to you in any way
please don't hesitate to let me know*
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:22 PM
 
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Thanks for your replys.I have posted a new thread,i couldnt find this thread at first,must have missed it.It is an update and my thread is called advice on living and working in brooklyn
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:15 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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I would prefer accomodation being included in or near the place i am working.
Are you saying you would like your job to pay your rent?

Unless you're a live-in nanny, good luck.
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