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A Guide For Starting Your Career In London

05/05/2016 By Zoe Neilson

So, you’re about to start your career in London - congrats! Moving to a new city can be daunting, but these tips will hopefully ease your transition. So sit back, read up, and before you know it you’ll know the tube like the back of your hand. (Assuming you’ve actually memorised what the back of your hand looks like?)

STEP 1: Find a place to live that suits you best.

The facade of a townhouse

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FACT: There are about 33 boroughs that make up London, so picking where to live may be tricky. The more research you do ahead of time, the better off you’ll be!

Sites like FlatClub are a good starting point to find a temporary pad.

A brief neighbourhood glance:

- Hampstead, for the outdoorsy 
- Islington, for the homebody 
- Camden, for the night owl 
- Brixton, for the music lover
- Clapham, for the social butterfly
- Hackney, for the hipster
- Shoreditch, for the adventurous
- Notting Hill, for the shopaholic

An illustrated map of London sights and attractions

STEP 2: Get familiar with the commute. 

Magician Dynamo levitates alongside a London bus

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FACT: The tube stops running at midnight on weekdays, so know before you go!

Apps like Citymapper will help you find your way around like a pro

 Get savvy with Tube Exits, which will tell you where the closest exits are. 

STEP 3: Socialise

A shot from Harry Potter of students in the Great Hall at Hogwarts throwing their hats into the air

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FACT: Brits love the pub.

As we're sure you're well aware, you’ll find yourself (often) grabbing a pint with your new colleagues. But once you’re ready for a change of scenery, there are plenty of other places to meet new people.

  • Join a sport to make friends outside of work while getting physically fit. #DoubleWhammy! Get Active London is an extremely useful database for all the many outdoor and indoor activities London has to offer.

  • Have a crazy adventurous side? Thinking Bob offers fun, outside-the-box social gatherings.

  • If you’re itching to learn some new skills, City Lit has got you covered.

  • For those on a budget, YPlan offer discounted tickets for theatre, concerts, comedy events, nightlife and more.

  • Finally, if you want to give back to the community, you can always become a volunteer. Team London lists pretty much every opportunity there is.

Hear those bells? London’s calling, as is your career. Start your career with La Fosse Associates. Contact Lily Senior (lily.senior@lafosse.com or 0207 932 2083) for more information.

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