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Nims
11/10/2019 10:29 EST

Hello,
I've recently been offered an amazing career opportunity in optics in Kingston.
I have done some research on the crime/safety aspects of Jamaica so am aware of the drawbacks on this.
I am wondering what would the level of acceptance be for a young (30s) Asian (Pakistani) female moving on her own?
I am from Scotland but currently living in England and think my biggest make or break to settling in will be the social aspect. As I won't know anyone, apart from colleagues, I'd like to know what the general attitude is likely to be? Will people be friendly enough to create a support system? Or will I be seen as an oddity/outsider?
Any general advice and tips would be much appreciated as well!
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Thanks x

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peggyjune
11/10/2019 10:44 EST

I used to travel and live in Jamaica (19 years) in another part of the island - however - I found the Jamaican people to be very friendly and open to meeting new people. I always say "use common sense" - as you would do anyplace. Embrace the opportunity - you will meet like-minded people who help you "know the runnings".

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Cessj
11/10/2019 11:01 EST

Hi there,

Before I even get to talking about how you're going to fit in, can I just ask if you've done due diligence and researched on salary and how far it will stretch in JA? Will it cover decent housing, utilities, car, gas, food etc etc Will you get relocation expenses, free flights home, how often, how many weeks vacation and when can you claim vacation from? What happens if it doesn't work out? Will you receive relocation expenses to ship all your goods back home? And what about your work permit? Who will be responsible for that? What about health insurance? Will the company provide that? Good health insurance is NOT negotiable? And finally, have you ever visited Jamaica? Do you know anything at all about its history, current affairs etc? As someone who relocated to JA these are the most important questions to ask yourself before you even start thinking about woud you fit in...I'd be very happy to answer any question you have as honestly as I can...

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Nims
11/10/2019 11:36 EST

Fab thanks peggyjune! X

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Nims
11/10/2019 11:42 EST

Cessj thanks so much for your detailed response!
In terms of salary/visa/permits/housing/relocation etc that is all covered and sorted out already by my employer.
I've been following current affairs through the local press over the last couple of months.
Most of the research that I've done in terms of culture tends to refer to either black/white ethnicities rather than Indian/Pakistani.
I know there is a small Muslim community, however I am not practicing so probably wouldn't want to look too much into that.
In terms of visiting the country, I don't think I can really compare a holiday to living there, which is why I'm asking for advice really.
Any other suggestions or tips are more than welcome! :)

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Iriestar68
11/10/2019 11:50 EST

You will fit right in. Jamaica is full of cultural diversity.... “Out of Many, One People”.

Yes, we have crime. Just use your common sense and ask people you trust to help guide you. I’m sure you’ll find some great people in your work place, place of worship or neighborhood

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Nims
11/10/2019 11:59 EST

Thanks Iriestar68! So nice to have a positive response, bit of reassurance goes a long way! Thanks again x

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Iriestar68
11/10/2019 16:03 EST

I agree about the salary.. you need to make sure you’re making enough to live on.

Are they helping you move? Are they helping you find a place to live?

As long you’re making enough money you’ll be ok. You should be able to get by on 70k a week.. it might be tight but if you budget you should be ok.

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peggyjune
11/10/2019 16:28 EST

So much of the experience - in living in another country - is one's own attitude/state of mind. Jamaica is a beautiful country with much to offer.

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