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What Was Your First Job Abroad?

I left Nigeria a while ago for America.

My very first job outside of Nigeria was washing dishes in an Indian restaurant in London before I ended up in the US.

I lasted 5 days at the job. Came home smelling of chicken pakora.

Please tell us your first job outside of Nigeria.

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, never worked for anyone all my life but always worked for my customers, Since I was 16, was an entrepreneur, simple as that.

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my first job in the uk was on a commission based basis and after 1 whole month of working during winter period basically knocking on peoples door trying to sell various charities to the, got paid £9.36p cash in hand in a small brown envelope. will never forget , worked in a facotry and later security guard. finally after 2years in the uk was wroking as well as doing my A, levels as well. worked for a financial solutions company, and finally working as an accounts manager in a bank now. but also still skooling as well. i definately intend to return to naija as soon as i am done, with my skooling.

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@ezinine, you have really persevered, quite touching and inspiring. Best wishes.

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lol, never worked abroad cuz ppl work for me lol,

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woRKed in a burger joint

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Very revealing posts and it's good to remmeber where one starts from. My first job was in London with one job agency called first call. A group of us will be transported to Dartford early in the morning at 6am. Before then I just finished my first degree in South Africa and I had the option of going to Nigeria for NYSC or go to UK on working holiday. Having no idea of what happens in UK, I decided to go to UK for working holiday. I stayed with one of our family friends then who advised that if I go for any work that I consider coping difficult I should just quit the job since I had accommodation and feeding. Our job at Dartford then was to be putting pen in the envelopes. U have to put like 100 pens in envelopes within an hour. I couldn't cope and I quit after 2 weeks. To make the matter worse, the pay was just 4.10pounds per hour. The next one I got after almost a month of not working was another agency job now with a better agency. These people drove us to Harlow for a 12 hours shift in Tesco recycling centre. The job was nothing to write home about put the pay wasn't too bad in comparison to the other one. They pay 6pounds per hour. I worked for 2 months before I got a job as a parking enforcement officer with a contractor for London Borough of Enfield. It was a difficult job. U get home and u just want to sleep. It's 10 hours shift and you walked for the whole 10 hours giving tickets to people parking on yellow line, double yellow line, bus stop. I'm sure pple in London knows the full description of the job. Working with white pple that couldn't finish from high school and they all look down on you because they believed they were all better. I didn't think about leaving Uk when I got admission for masters in Canada with funding. When I look back I thank God for seeing me through those period. I'm currently working as a reseacher for government of Alberta and about to complete my Ph.D.

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Very revealing posts. At least, i now know what to expect when i get there.

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My first Job was at Chuck E Cheese.I used to host parties,dance with lil kids,Wash dishes,Make Pizza and Cotten candy,Wear the Chuck E Cheese costume and shake kids hands,etc all for 6:75 an hour.I moved to North Carolina after my southmore year so i left the Job.

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http://odili.net/news/source/2009/feb/12/603.html

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Im currently on my first job abroad and it is a one year industrial placement in the city of london. I work as an IT analyst and earn16k per annum. £1070 a month. This work placement is part of my degree studies and I have been offered a permanent position upon graduation but I think I prefer going home for nysc and then settling there for good.

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my 1st job in d queensland was street cleaning. i only lasted 3 days on d job b4 i quit (because i could barely walk again.)

, but 2day, i give all d glory to God.

i normally tell pple who r jus coming in dat, "u've got 2 pay ur dues", mo ti mu garri, kin to ma je chicken

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was offered a cleaning job but refused

i stayed with friends n relatives for 2 mths 

(dat no easy o, 2 get job no easy either, ppl - friends n relatives

bounce n throw u around/out like garbage)

b4 i got my 1st job @

alldays stores, london, uk as a shop/checkout assistant

dey only asked 4 NI bk then, was very lucky as an overstayer

with no docs

but story n life don change since then

uk tuff now oh!

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I came here on a 2 year holiday, got a job as a carer, full-time live-in carer, everything I needed came with the job so I never lacked anything. Being a carer isn't easy but I enjoyed it.

My employer and her family were just like my family. It was a wonderful time and we are still family. God bless them all.

I did the caring for 1 year and holidayed 1 year.

Got married, now my own boss and working towards greater things.

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Customer care, quite boring still at it though

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worked and i still work (7 years)in a big retail store 2weeks after arriving in euro land god will give job to the jobless andthose with jobs god will uplift more and more

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wow 6am-3am? two jobs?my sister pls nigeria needs you as soon as you r done with your studies

guess your right with the last parahraph as i was looking to do just that soon as summer sets it because it will tie in with some programmes i have going in nigeria,having said that i think experience can be gained anywhere either here or in nigeria,if you mean me gaining something from my sojourn abroad then an education is enough experience plus living on my own and sorting myself out without working

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Haha, you're worried about cold. Na oly Uk cold dey? lol

I understand where you're coming from. But seriously lad going to the library cannot be compared to that of work. Those who work don't they go to the library too. Infact they have less time to spare.

My day begins at 6am and ends at 3am.

I go to school full-time, I have two jobs, one full-time, and one part-time. I don't go to the library. I have all the resources I need, except in cases where I have to meet up with teammates from classes.

Fine if you don't want to work at least get involved in organisations to gain leadership experience, trust me you will learn to work with people well and eventually learn to manage others. That's a skill your dad will be grateful for. It's one thing to learn from a book, it's another to learn from experience.

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i was a cashier at winn-dixie, a grocery store.

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My first job in the UK was with a retail store ........

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My First Job was at a Bagel Shop. I Learnt a lot there, Wow that was many years ago. Fresh off the Boat, I did not even know what Bagels were, and i was Baking them for a living. America is truly a Great Place. Great Memories!!

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dat was funny @ndipe.

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My people, i don read all una posts but i think say na my own worse pass. I'm a few months old in UK and I registered with one yeye agency after I don find work tire. Na food processing they carry me go. Cold wan finish una home girl and I have to stand for 8hrs packing the f**king sausages. I thank God say I pay my fees before I arrive UK, if not how person for take manage. Anybody planning to come to UK to study should make sure he/she has enough money for fees and accommodation, otherwise you'll get urself into one big mess. I for dey naija dey do my bank work jejely but I know say I go everly survive for this land. It's the end that justifies the means.

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Abroad is not a bed of roses as some people assume it is back home.

Remember when I worked in retail and I wanted to get another retail job in the same shopping center. Upon learning that I worked for a rival company, I was turned down for the job opportunity. Chei and man-pickin needed money at that time!.

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Ist job was early morning shift in a retail store (winter period). sucks!

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u babes are cracking me up.

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I agree---the same rubbish---fear of the unknown. Also the inability to understand things that happen without explanation. All na ju ju. I think if you believe, then it will catch you---just like any religion!

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who say juju no dey america.

You never hear of ouiji boards,palmreading,voodoo dolls and co.

Juju is not limited by place.

It is everywhere.

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i v never worked since i got here and not sure i will till i leave, but guess my only job is being a student and son of my dad which i get paid for lol

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I even heard of a woman that carried a pregnancy for 3 years because they used juju to tie it down LOL.

My mom heard a doctor testify of operating a woman and the sac of tumor was filled with nails.

I used to be a doubter until I heard things from my own parents who have no reason to lie to me.

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naija is scary o.

I'm telling you but God dey

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wetin i never hear my sister? too many. my friends and I after class we sit to hear the latest news from motherland and it is not always palatable. it's scary you know.

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This incident is not even 2 weeks old.

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Having re-read it,I don't think it was the same nurse.This one came back with her kids to Nigeria.She was seperated from her husband who lives in Nigeria and there was some suspicion that he was behind the murder.The kids had to be smuggled out of the country since the father was trying to obtain custody.

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you heard the story abi omoge?

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it's sad you know. it's really sad the way she died.

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wow @ bebelove. that's life o my sister.

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worked retail. "8hrs of standing" wanted 2 die d 1st day

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worked at a nurisng home in WACO-TEXAS

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Jobs are easy to get here.

And if you aint got a job, there's always Centre Link down the road, they'll kindly give you a high paying pension. It's a lot of paperwork, but if you are legible, you will get it

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may God help us all. omo, standing no easy atall. you stand, bend your back and pick heavy goods for eight hours and they dont even encourage you, they make you feel ur not even workin your Bottom out. what the Bleep?

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dat was about a yr and a half ago.yes ive forgiven here long time ago-tell me why do i go to church and listen to Gods words if i cant forgive? she even marvels @ how quickly ive blended whenever she sees mii.

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I wonder, that is why I blame the Nigerian government for subjecting us immigrants to the upheaval we experience abroad. If Nigeria was better, tell me, what would I be doing in America, apart from occasional visits?

@minutue. What your cousin did was heartless, but I hope you forgive her.

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none at all my bro.

my first job was @ mcdonalds,oh lawd that job no easy at all-tot i was doing that when i got another @jerrys in two different locatns-that makes itt three jobs @ a time,since i was wasnt payn rent where i was stayn,and  my cousin i stayed with already told mii shes only go nna allow me stay for six months with  her,i chose to work like an for that 6months before i moved out-oh no she actuALLLY CALLED the cops on mii,thank God i was smart enough to get a car @a junk yard sale,slept in my car for 4days before i finally moved into my own room.

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Is there such a thing as a good job?

Anyone here, with a Job that isn't stressful?

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I used to take three buses to work, when I came here newly. My brother and I had just moved to a different part of town, Cupertino, and I had a job in Menlo Park. Sunnyvale's distance was actually worse. I had to walk, about a mile to the nearest bus stop to head to work. When we moved to Cupertino, my house was very close to the bus stop. I would ride one bus, to Wolfe in Sunnyvale, take the 300 to Palo Alto, and then take SamTrans where it would drop me at the bookstore. Afterwards, I will walk to my job, where I was a temporary worker. How much was the pay? Sincerely, I was living paycheck to paycheck. Hmmm, another instance, when I lost my job, I realized that I had no money in my account. So, by Divine intervention, I read an article in Ebony magazine about unemployment benefits. Turns out that I qualified for it. So, I had to apply, and in order for the funds to be backdated, I had to show proof that I was unaware of it. I explained in court that I read in Ebony magazine about unemployment benefits, and such social benefits were non existent in my country. Later on, I was awarded my money. Honestly, that money, (it wasnt even upto a thousand dollars), but for me, it made a huge difference.

Then, there was this temporary agency that I had signed up with sometime earlier. They could only assign me to various companies for a two to three day assignment. Then, I started bugging them, still, there was nothing available. One of their branches was very close to my residence so without even calling them, I walked to the place to ask them why I was not called for an assignment. I saw one of the workers in the company, but when I got there, he wasnt at his desk. When I inquired of his whereabouts, his coworker(s) informed me that he did not come in that day. It was a lie. He was hiding somewhere to 'escape' from me. I knew that he was in the office, so when I walked back home, I placed a call to their office. Guess who picked up the phone? The same guy, that I was 'tricked' into believing that he hadnt showed up to work that day. It became so frustrating that I questioned the notion of having to fill in those blank boxes, indicating your race, to my friend. My friend agreed with me. I felt if you filled out that you were black, then you wont get the job.

Still, I signed up with another temporary agency, and used to call them, even go into their office, and they had nothing available for me. It got so rough that my bills were just piling up, and my brother, who had always helped me financially was getting married. Mother was flying in from Nigeria for his wedding and here I was, unemployed, and depressed. Miraculously, an agency that I signed up with the day before found me a job at a law firm the following day, and within weeks, I was depositing lump sums of money in my account. The pay was alright, but there was an opportunity to put in long hours (sometimes 14 hours), and I was ready for it. Just weeks before momsie landed, I was financially buyoant, and had moved out of my brother. Momsie was awestruck by what appeared to be my seamless transition in America. Not until later that I narrated to her about the travails that I had been through in the country. I always remember to Thank God that I was not a disappointment/embarrasment to her when she visited, and even moved back home, sometime after the wedding. That was my last time of seeing her alive! God is Wonderful!

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The culture shock here is unbelievable.

It's nowwhere as easy as those at home think it is but I thank God that most of us do move on to better things with time.

God is good.

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Nna babyosi, different routes for different folks. I dont think I can wash corpses, but for folks who can do it, then more grease to their elbows. For once, I have been thinking that there should be a community center for Nigerian immigrants in the USA to help them adapt to the USA. I think there is one in Chicago, but I wont be surprised if there are a few in that Houston/Dallas area.

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The one I would have never done anyway is wash dead bodies.

Instead I for return to naija

I no fit.

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In my suffer days,I wish I even saw ice cream truck to drive.

At least I for just eat ice cream tire.

At some point I cleaned offices,washed dishes,did home health aide

I even babysat until other peoples kids almost drove me nuts.

This place no easy o.

Thank God for those days,I learnt a lot in humility.

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Nna, it is easy to have a breakdown in yankee. If you don't have the stamina, or you are the "Ajebutta" type, whose parents typically catered to your needs, don't even move to yankee, because, it will be rough with you. Ah, stories of survival in yankee? What makes you think some people resort to doing drugs to survive? I read in a Nigerian paper at Stanford of a guy, who narrated that he had a breakdown in London, and (I think) had to be repatriated to Nigeria. What of being homeless? Thank God I have not been on that path before. That is why, I have a lot to be thankful for, to God Almighty. Bouncing from job to job to job,and sometimes questioning the rationale in coming to America, and all of a sudden, a miracle in the form of a cushy job lands on your feet on a platter of gold. I don't take things for granted, and moreso, my stay in this country has only strengthened my faith in God. When you go through tough times and survive, there is that feeling of appreciation and accomplishment you experience, which you attribute to God.

One of my friends who worked security in California was caught sleeping, and the generator got 'stolen'. Turns out that his boss had sneaked in on him when he was dozing off, and had taken his generator.

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