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Thursday, 30 August, 2001, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Kick-start your career: What are you doing?
Kick-start your career
Have you upped sticks and moved abroad? Or have you kick-started your career and successfully changed direction? Do you have any tips for job seekers?

BBC News Online asked readers of its "kick-start your career" series to pass on their job tips and experiences to share with other readers.

Here is a selection of some of your comments received so far:

HAVE YOUR SAY

This article hits the nail on the head - it's good to hear that this is not the only office where morale hits an all-time low after summer holidays.

Ruth, UK


The only things that keep me sane are office flirting and online golf

Jules, UK

I have been an expatriate for over 20 years and have worked in eight countries from Africa, through Europe and the Middle East. I can highly recommend a global career for those who want to experience life in all its colours.

Terry Duplock, Kuwait

CVs: Never put down "experience of..." this tells a potential employer that the candidate knows nothing of the subject and is trying to make the CV look good. Stick to hard facts: "I did..." or "I achieved...". I have read many CV's and cross out the "experience of..." fillers.

Henry Higgins, UK

Before I left England, my weekends were taken up by going shopping in Reading town centre. These days, I go for day trips on Mediterranean beaches or a days skiing in the Pyrenees. Houses are cheaper as well here. Everyday life is much more affordable and of higher quality. It's also taught me that even if the weather is really grim in England and life is getting a bit boring, then there is a thousand other places in the world where things are looking up.

Robin Clark, France

You see Britain from an outsider's point of view and realise that it's not the centre of the universe that you thought it was. Broaden your mind - work abroad - just don't join expat social groups and complain about the lack of proper tea - join in the country's culture and in this case, celebrate the great beer.

Gary, living in Germany

I wanted to work as a musician, and guessed I'd make as much out of teaching as I would out of playing, so I went on a course to make sure my playing reading and theoretical skills were up to scratch. I took as much notice of how I was taught as I did of what I was taught. The approach worked.

P, UK

I recently decided to change my career as I was unhappy... I have so far received no assistance from anyone...The local careers centre turned me away for being "too old. I am 26. Despite the lack of assistance I am starting to get the information I need from colleges and universities. You have to be very patient and determined.

Charlie Richardson, England

The best profession in the UK is to be a manager or a director because it does not matter how competent you are or the company is making profits or not. You can still "manage" to get away with unjustified salaries and bonus and stakes in smaller companies.

Gary, UK

I began my career as an Information worker over 10 years ago. I gave it up to go back to college to study fine art and after several exhibitions and completing an MA Fine Art last year, I'm happy I made the change. Although it's a tough area to be working in , and I often work part time to support myself, I'm never short of a challenge. If you are bored in your job, don't waste time...retrain and do something different.

Laura Hulse, England.

I'm so dead bored of my job....The only things that keep me sane are office flirting and online golf.

Jules, UK

I went to Frankfurt, Germany for my first job out of University. It was an invaluable experience, as not only did I learn to be really independent, I made many European friends. As a result, my career in Financial IT has rocketed. My advice: Live abroad for a few years whilst you can.

Mike Wilson, UK

When you are considering what career to choose, you will probably find plenty of friends and relatives who will offer you advice. You should consider carefully whether they really know what they are talking about. My school (staffed mainly by women who had graduated just after the War) was proud of its careers talks, but in fact gave a completely misleading idea of the job market. My advice is, try to talk to people who work in the field that you are interested in, not those whose only knowledge comes from the popular press or TV.

Clare, UK

I found that the best remedy was to quit the UK and find work that actually made use of my training and qualifications without the "cocktail mix" of AD (age discrimination) that is still rampant in the UK.

Chris Wood, USA (from UK)

I recently decided to take work abroad and this has been the best decision I ever made. The commitment in that you make by leaving your 'home' country is far surpassed by the benefits gained in increased language skills and career marketability. If you have the means, I would recommend working abroad to everyone.

Baseer Zuberi, Ireland, Paris, USA

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