From the UK to Spain

Contributed by, 03 February, 2017

Matt is a British expat who's lived in Spain for the last 2 years. Having studied Journalism and Literature in Newcastle, England, Matt arrived in Barcelona. Known for the varying quality of his jokes and love of football, Matt loves learning languages and fresh challenges.

  1. Where are you from originally and what brought you to Spain? 

    I'm originally from Lancaster, a small city in the north of England. There isn't a lot going on in that part of the world, and I always dreamed of speaking another language – something that not many English people can do – so I decided to move to Spain after my studies.

  2. What do you love about Spain and what do you like less about it?

    Well the obvious answer would be the weather, but I've never been much of a sun worshipper, so for me it's the lifestyle that really attracted me and made me stay here for longer than I thought I would. It's so relaxed, people are so laid back and Barcelona is such a vibrant and international city, you can never be bored here.

  3. How do you make a living?

    I studied English Literature and Journalism, so I write for a living. I mainly write blogs, but, as I work in a startup company, I do a bit of everything.

  4. How did you find your job?

    Well I started looking in all the usual places: Linkedin and UK-based job boards that I already knew about. But I found my job through Europe Language Jobs. They're a job board that specializes in multilingual people.

  5. What advice would you give a potential expat? 

    I would say put yourself out there, because there are more and more useful – and free – resources to find employment appearing all the time. Europe Language Jobs worked really well for me, but make sure you have a complete profile because otherwise you're in danger of getting lost in the crowd. Thais advice goes for all job boards where you make a profile. I also think having a good Linkedin profile is very helpful too, as you can network very effectively, and find out a lot about the world of work.

Tags: Europe | Spain | United Kingdom |



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