A New Horizon In: Gibraltar.

The Location:

Gibraltar is a very small British colony that sticks out of the bottom of Spain. It has a population of just over 30,000 and covers a not-even-slightly dizzying 2.6 square miles. This firmly puts Gibraltar in the category of cosy. But don’t let that put you off. Gibraltar is still a thriving area, with a lot of expats living there, a densely populated city and a lot to see and do. Particularly if you like the sea, as you’ll never be all that far away from it.

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Gibraltar is largely characterised by the Rock of Gibraltar. An enormous lump of limestone full of intricate tunnels, with a nature reserve on top that is home to the famous Barbary apes and a number of other animals. Gibraltar’s tourist board advertises 300 days of sun a year, which is ideal considering you’re always close to the sea.

Gibraltar is bi-lingual, with its inhabitants speaking both Spanish and English. But be prepared for most conversation to be in Spanish, despite the street and shop signs being in English. But since you’re so close to Spain, it would be wise to learn a comfortable amount of Spanish to get about.

Working there:

Gibraltar closely mirrors the employment system in the UK, and a number of Gibraltar locals often go to university in Britain, before returning, meaning that starting a new job there will not come as much of a culture shock. It’s actually extremely simple to start a new life working in Gibraltar, as long as you have an EU passport. And since it’s only 2.5 hours away by plane, it’s easy to investigate the country first to get a good feel for what it’s like. And then maybe go water-skiing, but more on that later.

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It can be complicated to travel to Gibraltar and just find a job from there. Luckily, we already have plenty of opportunities available on the Strike Jobs job board, so have a look through and see if you can find something that would be perfect for you if you’re really excited by the prospect of moving to Gibraltar. Be aware, however, that as the city is so densely populated house prices can be pretty high, so it’s worth spending time researching houses and locations as well. A lot of people choose to commute from nearby cities in Spain.

Living there:

A very good idea when living in Gibraltar is to take up something athletic, especially if it involves the sea. Learning to yacht, windsurf or anything else that makes the most of the sun & surf. Scuba diving is also worth pursuing, as the coral reefs are vibrant and spectacular, and range from those perfect for absolute beginners or experienced divers.

Gibraltar is also incredibly safe. Anyone can quite happily and comfortably wander around the streets at four in the morning without feeling threatened or unsafe. The shops and streets are also full of British shops, including Peacocks and the most busy Morrison’s is supposedly in Gibraltar. But don’t let that put you off. It means you can find your favourite creature comforts if you ever feel homesick.

If you’re more interested in the arts, there are theatres and art galleries, it’s not really what the country is renowned for. There’s a thriving nightlife, cinemas and beautiful nature reserves, so you should be kept entertained, and you are always incredibly close to Spain.

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So have a look at the jobs we have available in Gibraltar, as we have a range of exciting opportunities, from java development to accountancy positions. So if the cold winter and grey skies of Britain are a grim prospect, have a look at what you might find in Gibraltar. It could be the perfect fit.

Click here to browse our current vacancies in Gibraltar.

Louis Clayton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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A New Horizon In: Poland

One of the countries that www.strike-jobs.co.uk has a number of current positions available in, is Poland. But what is it like working there? There are many great reasons to work in Poland. The country is a beautiful one, from the medieval architecture to the breathtaking natural parks to the bustling cities. You may find living in Poland to be an interesting and enjoyable experience.

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Working in Poland is a little different to working in The UK, but not so different that you’ll get laughed at for using a pen or anything like that. Work days can often be from 8 to 4, which isn’t a particularly cataclysmic difference, but you should only refer to colleagues by their first name if you are invited to do so. You may find some people from Poland to be quite wary of expat workers, so it’s important to build up good working relationships and learn the basics of Polish. You also have to register your address and get a permit from from the Foreigners office, otherwise you will technically be living there illegally.

The jobs we currently have available in Poland range from IT analyst positions to accounting group manager roles, and all sorts between. And outside, since they’re not really on any particular spectrum. These positions are also often available for French, German and Spanish speakers as well, so there are plenty of options available for you if you are interested in making a move across Europe.

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Culturally, the differences between here and there are considerably smaller than Saudi Arabia, but there are still some important changes to take into account when starting your life in Poland. You can be punished for using swear words, for example, although that doesn’t tend to stop people using them anyway, as I’m sure you can imagine. But if you are worried, you can always consider not learning them, so you don’t accidentally shout them at a bus, and you’ll never be able to tell if you are being called horrendous names, so you won’t ever be offended. Parties also generally have to end at ten, and you should always carry around photo ID.

There’s all sorts to see in Poland while you’re not working, as well. The nightlife is vibrant, particularly in Warsaw and Krakow, with plenty of nightclubs, jazz clubs and pubs. There’s mountains for skiing on, beaches for relaxing on and national parks for walking on. You may even very occasionally find bears and wolves in the mountains, but at least they’re more interesting than urban foxes. The winters are very cold in comparison to the UK, but summers are also very hot. Like the seasons probably should be.

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The food in Poland is generally pretty hearty. One of the main dishes is pierogi, stuffed dumplings which might contain wild mushrooms or forest fruits. In fact, you’ll most likely find any kind of fillings, so you can explore the possibilities at leisure. A lot of Polish food contains meat and cabbage, with slow cooked stews and pork chops, although there are plenty of options for vegetarians.

So if you’re interested in a more dramatic change of scenery than just turning your desk to face in a different direction, why not have a look at the www.strike-jobs.co.uk job board for jobs in Poland to find the new career there that’s perfect for you.

Louis Clayton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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A New Horizon In: Saudi Arabia.

Here at strike-jobs.co.uk we have job vacancies in a large variety of places, all over the world. This means you could find a position perfect for you in a completely different and new part of the world, which is an exciting but also daunting prospect.

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We currently have 154 jobs available in Saudi Arabia, particularly positions in the health and medical industry, but even jobs such as driving a fire engine. Saudi Arabia is a conservative, Islamic country, which may be a cultural shock depending on what you’re used to, particularly if you are female. But stepping out of your comfort zone can open your eyes to ways of life that you may not have been previously aware of. While you should be strongly clued-up on the cultural differences, you could find moving to Saudi Arabia to be an exciting, memorable and rewarding experience.

There are some fantastic benefits to living Saudi Arabia. One of the most enticing is the tax-free salary. Of the many medical positions we have available, inclusions such as free accommodation, free flights and generous annual leave can prove to be an enticing array of benefits for anyone interested in relocating. The professional language is English, which should help you ease into starting work quickly as well.

Saudi Arabia has a population of almost 30 million, of which some estimates have stated that 21% may be foreign nationals. As a result, ex-pats often tend to group together. These groups will, however, be hugely diverse, and you will find yourself meeting a wide range of new people from across the globe. The climate is also something to be aware of, and with heats as high as fifty degrees during the day, and next to no rainfall, it’s about as different to the UK as you can get. In terms of entertainment, while there are theatres and cinemas, they are somewhat rare. Instead, many more active forms of entertainment are popular in Saudi Arabia, such as “scuba diving, windsurfing, [and] sailing.” So if you’re an active person, you may find yourself discovering all sorts of new and exciting experiences to enjoy.

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With fantastic benefits, a relatively low general cost of living and a gloriously hot climate, moving to Saudi Arabia could be a fantastic choice for you, and certainly one you’ll never forget. Approaching with a sense of adventure, respect and an open mind could be the best decision you ever make.

For more information on living in Saudi Arabia, be sure to have a look at http://undertheabaya.com/, a blog by an American woman who moved to Saudi Arabia, and Expat-Blog’s pages on different aspects of life in Saudi Arabia for an ex-pat.

Louis Clayton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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