Every morning I wake up and go to work as a caretaker in London. I move to England 4 years ago. I feel raped every time I'm working because I'm doing a job that requires the intelligence of a monkey. Aside I'm studying a Bachelors degree in Computing Science and trying to get a job in IT.
I feel to tired when I finish work to apply for those jobs and I also have the time constraints implicit in almost full time studying (currently 90 credits of 120 per year).
I spent today's morning an entire hour to try to unblock a bin chute, without the right tools, just to end up giving up and calling my manager to inform him on it. Tomorrow the entire building will be a shithole...welll....it is already, it will just be a worse shithole than it is.
Council estates are like zoos, only ANIMALS live on them. People with absolutely no decency, with drug problems, violence problems and FAKE mental problems. They are just LAAAAAAAAAAAAZY and incredibly filthy.
My work-colleague is the council's bitch, he's so scared of losing his job that he does everything they ask him to do, he has no awareness of employment rights, ACCAs or CAB. Everyday he puts himself on risk by not following basic health and safety procedures just to satisfy their never ending demands. And what's worse, he sees it as normal...which is not. This happens a lot in this city, people in their jobs live in a bubble, they have no idea of their options, posibilities and rights. Specially in this sort of job.
I am working on this because I needed the money quickly and London is a trap. Once you're in, you quickly lose your savings and become a slave. You're then forced to take the QUICKEST shittiest job or become homeless because you can't pay the rent.
The tube is incredibly expensive and inefficient, your life-work balance is inexistent because whatever you do you've got to be extremely lucky to manage to find a job in which you don't lose 2 hours in daily commute. You work 8 hours per day + 2 hours commute. You give up 10 hours worth of your daily life just to finish exhausted and go to sleep for the next day. Like a bloody hamster in a wheel.
All the jobs are in zone 1, all the affordable housing possibilities are in zone 3 or further away. I can't leave because I'm economically ruined by the expensive train fare + rent + food. Nor I can do it considering all the computing jobs are in this city. It feels like I'm a donkey with a stick and a carrot to work for....one that I'll never reach. That's London for most of Londoners, a dream....from which you'll never wake up and if you do, you can't afford to leave the nightmare.
I took the decision of coming to England 4 years plus ago, not because of money since i was better off in my country, but because of the language. Every day I wish the visa waiver program with the US extends to some sort of Free Movement agreement of the sorts we've got in the EU....I wouldn't hesitate then in moving to Silicon Valley, not even for a second.
England offers me the language, but that's it. Everything else I'm worse off. Unfortunately as a future computer scientist, I cannot afford to give up the language, knowing English is the very most important skill for any IT job.
And even if I wanted to do a runner...I can't. I'm ruined, I'm jailed in a prison called London where every penny is destined to survival and there's never anything left for a savings account.
I strongly encourage everybody to take any other choice. strong London is not for poor nor middle classes.