Picture by Phoebe Lovatt
A little bit more than one year ago, I moved to London. After two years in Munich, I felt uninspired and thought leaving would help my creativity sparkle again. I have never been an overconfident person. As much as I know my qualities, I am also well aware of my shortcomings. I knew staying in Munich wouldn’t benefit me professionally so I started looking for a new job. I didn’t question the place I could end up because I am the daughter of an expat. Plus, it just occured to me that I studied, interned and now work abroad. As a consequence I don’t approach moving with fear. For me it’s always a new beginning.
This said, moving for work is different from moving for your studies or an internship. With London being a capital and hub for many industries, the environment is really different from the rich and yet homy Munich. Here, the pace is faster. There is always something happening big or small and it’s the epitome of the city for creatives. In London, with or without financial support things get done as long as people are willing to help. All this gives me the impression people just never stop working and juggle many jobs to achieve their goal.
London is not an easy place to live, I didn’t like it at the beginning. Queueing before hopping in the bus, the overcrowded tube, the really fast-pace life and the cost of life (remember, I am a provincial at heart!); it took me exactly one year to start loving London. Getting used to a lifestyle is one thing but getting used to a whole new working culture is another one!
There are plenty of platforms offering career advices for women, but there are few taking in account what it means to be a working woman in a foreign country. That’s why when I discovered The WW Club – a space founded by freelance writer Phoebe Lovatt for working women in the creative industry – I was really happy. Phoebe gives advices to working women on her site and hosts an amazing podcast with a serie called ‘Making it work’ in which she interviews a panel of women working in New York, Los Angeles, London and Taipei. Native or not from these places, their stories about how they feel about working in these cities and their advices are pure gem. I couldn’t help and share with you the podcast dedicated to working in London!