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Would life in the UK be very hard for a 17 yr old Polish girl? Advice needed please


natalia_sabicki 1 | 3
18 Jul 2014 #1
Hi, I'm Natalia, and i'm 17 years old. I would like to find out whether life in the UK is hard to start, I would like to move out, as with school, work? could someone advise me. in poland not achieve anything. I'm not good speak english, sorry :)
Roger5 1 | 1,458
18 Jul 2014 #2
in poland not achieve anything.

You are very young. You should finish your education before trying to live in another country. Life is very hard in the UK for young unqualified Polish people. You would be able to get a minimum wage job, but most of your pay would go in rent and travel expenses. Be patient and work hard at your studies. I came back from England yesterday and I was, as usual, shocked at how expensive everything was. Think hard before you take a step you might later regret.
OP natalia_sabicki 1 | 3
18 Jul 2014 #3
Thank you Roger for your reply, I live hard in Poland, at such a young age no longer see perspectives. Maybe you're right with the school, but I'm afraid that if I do not risk it I gain nothing.
phtoa 9 | 236
18 Jul 2014 #4
Wait till you go off to University in a bigger city like Katowice, Krakow, Wroclaw, Warsaw or Poznan you will find life much better than in the UK.

If you go there in such a young age alone, people will take advantage off you so I highly recommend you to stay in Poland!
Anglo
18 Jul 2014 #5
Why not try Germany?, it is closer and if you don't like the life in another country you are not far from home ,so you can easily and quickly get back to Poland.
mrcruz27 2 | 8
18 Jul 2014 #7
Its not going to be hard . Just before you leave , make sure you have polish friends in uk who can help you with the accommodation and work for a while. You can generally pick up english languages while living there for few years. Work is easy to find in cities. In London, Earling Broadway is known for lots of polish people and polish shops available there. Hope that helps.
OP natalia_sabicki 1 | 3
18 Jul 2014 #8
going on this forum I thought I would get the same response unkind, but everyone here is nice and tries to explain to me solid arguments about this, thank you
mafketis 23 | 8,144
18 Jul 2014 #9
I'm also going to suggest that you stay in Poland for the time being. Go to university and major in something that will give you some marketable skills (hint: not marketing). You'll probably get a better education in Poland than in the UK especially for the first three years.

Don't go to the UK on your own or with a 'job' arranged by people you don't know. If you have family or friends in the UK ask their advice. The UK is also a _lot_ more dangerous than Poland for a young woman in your position.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,799
18 Jul 2014 #10
no offence but you are very young and would be vulnerable on your own in the UK
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
18 Jul 2014 #11
in poland not achieve anything

Don't say like this. I'm a humble electronics technician and have bought a flat in beautiful estate in a perfect location. I could sell tickets for people to see the view from my balcony. I have two cars and company car. Some of my friends built houses in PL which could be considered as palaces in UK. The world is changing very fast. You are young.
maraz - | 6
18 Jul 2014 #12
Hi Natalia,
I used to think the same way when I was in my early teens. I somehow couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life in Poland, everything here seemed to me so... blah (it's hard to explain it better ;)).

Now I'm 23 and studying. My mom wanted me to consider studying in UK, but I knew she would struggle a lot financially if I went (tuition, accommodation, transportation and food - all very expensive). Besides I didn't believe the education I would get there would really be substantially better than here - especially in my field (digital art). I decided to finish my education in Poland and maybe leave later, on my own account. But I wouldn't leave only to find work, I just like UK and it would be nice to spend a couple of years there. And I don't think you can accomplish something there you really can't do here. If you want something and are willing to put in some effort, I think there really are no boundaries here that couldn't be crossed. And things are changing quickly for the better.

If you live in a small town I would encourage you to try studying and living in a bigger city, like someone suggested. And if you really still want to go, wait a couple of years, keep learning English. I think going now is not a good idea.
Englishman 2 | 278
18 Jul 2014 #13
I think what others have said about completing your studies is true. Also, if you want to come to the UK after that, you'd find it easier to get well-paid work if your English was really good. So it may be worth concentrating on that too.
Cardno85 31 | 976
18 Jul 2014 #14
Perhaps you could try to find a job that includes accommodation? I know when I moved back to the UK and didn't have much cash I used Dee Cooper and found something within a couple of days. You need to be flexible, and often in rural locations, but it's a good way of getting a foothold in the UK and then you can save for a couple of months and get a flat in a town and a job somewhere more desirable. In the place I ended up, I stayed for 2 years because I got on so well with the people I worked with. I would probably still be there if I didn't have to go and get married!
Anglo
19 Jul 2014 #15
Stay in Poland !

At 17 the minimum wage is £3.72 an hr, at 40 Hrs that's only 148 pounds weekly!.

Go to University in Poland, get your education, learn English to an excellent standard both written and verbal and in time to come the world will become your oyster, not just the United Kingdom.
the_Troof
19 Jul 2014 #16
No College = No Future
Anglo
19 Jul 2014 #17
Not so,

Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were drop outs from higher education, yet both went on to achieve billionaire status.
Tamarisk
19 Jul 2014 #18
Yes, but they both had tangible products they were working on. They didn't leave school to work cleaning houses.
Anglo
19 Jul 2014 #19
Oprah Winfrey is a billionaire !

She not only came from nothing, she had the added strain of being black and yet she has obtained succes.

You can find a lot of people who came from nothing to achieve succes, at the end of the day its all upto you not where you go.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
19 Jul 2014 #20
You can find a lot of people who came from nothing to achieve succes, at the end of the day its all upto you not where you go.

Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard. The OP is a poor 17-year-old Polish girl with just high school education. Get real.
Anglo
19 Jul 2014 #21
Oprah was way more disadvantaged than your young poor 17yr old Polish girl.
jon357 63 | 15,061
19 Jul 2014 #22
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Oprah Winfrey

These are three tiny exceptions to a very big rule.

Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard. The OP is a poor 17-year-old Polish girl with just high school education. Get real.

This is sensible.

Millions more people regret not getting an education or learning a trade than become household names.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
19 Jul 2014 #23
Are you suggesting that Oprah Winfrey's experience is typical? Of course you aren't. Her extraordinary success story is one in ten million. I'm all for encouraging young people to reach for the stars, and regularly do so as part of my job, but to suggest that you can become a billionaire just by wanting to flies in the face of reality. Most people work very hard and have very little.
Anglo
19 Jul 2014 #24
Maybe it is YOU and your attitude to succes and your failure to reach your stars that leads you to have such a deep rooted believe in only failure.

businessinsider.com/billionaires-who-came-from-nothing-2013-12?op=1

Am not here to debate the hardships of the Polish nation you can succeed if you want it bad enough.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
19 Jul 2014 #25
Maybe it is YOU and your attitude to succes and your failure to reach your stars that leads you to have such a deep rooted believe in only failure.

Why not become a member? Then we can privately discuss our personal success.
Anglo
19 Jul 2014 #26
Why not tell everyone and inspire people ?

Could all members keep to the thread topic please
Szalawa 3 | 248
20 Jul 2014 #27
Get an education, that is what I'm currently doing. Then go to UK in about 4 years time with a little bit of money. It would be grate if you got some connections there. Make money in Uk and then take it back to Poland


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