A new life in the UK
Everyone has dreams and plans about the future. The most difficult thing is finding a connection point between what is in our mind and the real world. To transform an idea into reality can be challenging, and at times frustrating.
My adventure in the UK started a couple of years ago in Bristol. After finishing university in Italy (my home country), my English language skills were definitely not good enough to build an international working career, which was only a rough dream in my mind until that moment. At the same time, I was lucky enough to have a good mechanical engineering degree, together with a lot of passion for what I intensively studied at university for 5 years.
At that point, my dreams and feelings needed something real and clear: a plan about how to improve my English skills and build an international career as an engineer. I needed a new challenge that would have pushed me towards the future I was dreaming of. I ended up in choosing the UK and Bristol and it was the best choice I could have ever made. I quickly learnt that English people are constantly willing to help you if you demonstrate you want to learn and your are motivated. Coming from a Mediterranean country, I was honestly a bit afraid about being isolated in a “Northern” country where people might be introvert and cold: I could not have been more wrong! Especially in Bristol, it is amazing in this respect. Bristol is a multicultural and vibrant city full of young people: the best starting point for learning a new language and making new friends.
Hence, after a lot of time spent looking for a good city where I could improve my English skills and potentially build up my career as engineer, I finally had a plan and a one-way ticket to Bristol! From this point on, my life had a massive turnaround. As I said, I found plenty of support and Bristol was constantly pushing me to meet new people, make new friends, attend events and speak English. I spent my first months in Bristol working in a shop in the city center and studying English at Hunter Language School. My English improved quickly; I had new friends and a new life; my confidence in myself grew and I felt like I was in the right place at the right moment. I was happy!
Nevertheless, that was not the final goal, but only the starting point. It was time to move forward and look for a job as an engineer. That was not easy: dozens of job ads checked and CVs sent, many phone calls with recruiters and loads of rejections. I cannot deny it has been stressful and hard at some points, but I stuck with it because I knew I was working in the right direction: through all the negative feedback, I was improving my spoken English during phone calls and companies were finally starting to show their interest in me asking for interviews. In the meantime, I was still busy working in the customer service and studying English, but I will never forget the phone call by the recruiter who made me sign a contract with an engineering company based in Cheltenham! What a wonderful day!
Following that important step, I managed to get another contract for a big engineering company based just outside Bristol. Therefore, after a brief period living in Cheltenham, I happily came back to Bristol where I am still living now. The company I am currently working for is definitely a brilliant opportunity to advance my career. And also my English skills have now reached a good level even if there is always room for improvement. I can proudly say I have now achieved my goal!
It has been an incredible journey to transform a dream into reality. I had tough times, but when hard work and passion are involved, everything is possible! Obviously, the UK played an important role: you can actually feel that everything is possible in this country and there is plenty of opportunities to shine and achieve important goals! Bristol is probably the best representation of this feeling: young people, vibrant scenes and constant change and innovation give you the flexibility you need to start something good.
Bristol offers the best support I could ask for, but I think the most important thing was having a plan in place. Of course, things don’t always go as planned, but keep focusing on your goal and be confident, every dream can come true!