Tuesday, 19 September 2006

London calling

So my boss pulls me aside yesterday to tell me I should go to London next week for a conference and to meet with some IP folks. I'm certainly not complaining, but it's really short notice! I'm scrambling to make reservations and schedule some meetings. I'm actually going to fly over there this Thursday because my brother is actually going to be in London this weekend for a rugby game, so that way I'll be able to see his game on Friday. Should be fun. I'm staying with Aaron over the weekend and then staying in a business hotel in the city during the week next week. I figured it would be bad form to stay in a hotel over the weekend and expect my company to pay for it when I'm obviously not working. So I figure I'll pay everything till Sunday myself and then get comped for everything after that.

This will be a good opportunity to see if I really want to go ahead with this move. The last time I was in London was over a year ago so it will be helpful to have some fresh experience there. It will also be helpful to see what it's like to be in the London office (I'll have a desk and everything while I'm there) and see how I like the people there. I know I've heard that the London office has a very different vibe from the New York office. This office is very laid back and everyone's fairly pleasant. We'll see how the other one is.

So by the time I get back I should have a definite idea of whether I'm going ahead with this or not. Right now my biggest concern is over money.

This will be a good opportunity to see if I really want to go ahead with this move. The last time I was in London was over a year ago so it will be helpful to have some fresh experience there. It will also be helpful to see what it's like to be in the London office (I'll have a desk and everything while I'm there) and see how I like the people there. I know I've heard that the London office has a very different vibe from the New York office.

So by the time I get back I should have a definite idea of whether I'm going ahead with this or not. Right now my biggest concern is over money. I'm not sure how much they're going to adjust my salary for cost-of-living changes, but I suspect it won't be by much. Considering the cost of furnishing a brand new apartment (obviously I can't bring my furniture over with me – and I just bought this bed) and even just flying over there (should the company pay for that? I have no idea) this could prove very difficult. But, on the plus side, once I'm making a British salary it will mean the percentage of money taken out of each paycheck to pay off my student loans ($500 a month) will become smaller. So technically I'll be making more American dollars, which will help in paying off my loans.

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