I want to be a part of it ...can I?
February 12, 2014 6:37 AM Subscribe
I have always wanted to live in New York for a year. Life circumstances mean there is now a possibility of being able to make that happen, in theory. Can you let me know if this will remain a pipe dream or if there is a chance of turning it into reality? I would like to work as a counsellor, or with an NGO. Many specifics to follow.
posted by billiebee to Work & Money (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I currently live in the UK. I am completing my MA in Counselling Practice this year, and my current work contract (Project Administrator for a charity) ends in May 2015. What I would love is to then make a big move end of 2015/beginning 2016 and live and work somewhere different. I've only visited New York but I would love to experience life there for a short time (at least a year), however I'd also be open to other suggestions. I'm asking so far in advance because I'd like to know exactly what would be entailed with regards to job-hunting, house-hunting, visas, professional requirements etc. Life has been a bit stressful lately so I would like to have something big on the horizon to aim towards. If all advice says no then I can maybe plan a move closer to home.
What I need to know is:
- What qualifications would I need to work as a counsellor/therapist in NY, or in the US in general? My training is in the Person-Centered/Rogerian model and I currently work as a Trauma Counsellor (specialising in post-conflict trauma). If anyone works in the field are there any registration requirements, or a particular body I should approach?
- I have also worked with various community organisations that dealt with domestic violence, asylum seekers and refugees, and migrant workers. If I can't practice as a counsellor, is it difficult to find paid work with such organisations, and can anyone name any specific organisations I could consider approaching?
- What kind of salary would I need to earn in order to live comfortably in NY? By this I mean being able to afford a small studio apartment and able to pay the bills and eat well, but I don't need an awful lot more than that. (Maybe enough for the odd cocktail...)
- Where would be a good place to look online for housing, and are there any particular considerations I would need to know about? For example, is it easy or difficult to get a one-year lease, how many months deposit is normally required etc. And what areas should I consider, given that I won't be making a huge amount of money.
- I've looked at some websites about what visa requirements are needed but I'm finding them hard to get around. Are there organisations that provide free advice on how to navigate the immigration rules?
- If NY isn't feasible for any reason, what other large city would be a good place to live short-term that would be liberal-leaning, have a nice standard of living for not ridiculous amounts of money and might have opportunities for working in therapy and/or the community sector?
- What kind of time frame would be reasonable to make all this happen?
- Finally, if anyone has experience of a similar transatlantic move, in either direction, what were the big pros and cons?
Any advice and signposting is really welcome. Thanks!