I Bounced Back From start­ing over abroad

Lizzie Cernik moved from Cheshire to Dubai in pur­suit of a new life

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Iloved be­ing a writer but I’d reached the point where work was slow, so I had to move back to my par­ents in beau­ti­ful (but dull) Cheshire. When I saw a well­paid op­por­tu­nity to work for the gov­ern­ment in Dubai, I saw it as a chance to change my ca­reer di­rec­tion. I knew I’d miss my friends and fam­ily but I tried to fo­cus on the fact that it was only a seven-hour flight. By the time I ar­rived in Fe­bru­ary, I was ex­cited to leave the cold win­ter be­hind and was ready for a fresh start in the sun­shine.

It soon be­came ap­par­ent that it was re­ally easy to meet peo­ple be­cause ev­ery­one is an ex­pat look­ing for friends. At the same time, it’s also very dif­fi­cult to form last­ing friend­ships with any­one, be­cause peo­ple come and go all the time.

My new of­fice was less for­mal than I’d ex­pected but was also a com­pletely dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment to any­thing I’d ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

In the UK, peo­ple go out for drinks af­ter work, but in my new of­fice the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple didn’t drink. In­stead I had to ad­just to lots of lunches and break­fasts.

It took four months to find a solid friend­ship group who I could go out with at week­ends, but I had to keep very pri­vate about that as­pect of my life at work. I wouldn’t talk about dat­ing ei­ther, as sex be­fore mar­riage in Dubai is il­le­gal.

De­spite find­ing that hard at the be­gin­ning, it did get eas­ier. There were lots of other ways to get in­volved and I al­ways felt like an im­por­tant mem­ber of the team. We had lunchtime yoga classes and team chal­lenges, such as the Spar­tan Race and Desert War­rior. It was a great way to get to know my col­leagues and I got re­ally into my fit­ness, which is eas­ier in 20 de­gree weather!

I’d rec­om­mend it to any­one. It changes you, makes you more con­fi­dent and you learn to talk to any­one. Some­times you have to take a huge leap of faith and it can work. For the right job, I’d do it again in a heart­beat.

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