Three years ago exactly, I left Southern Africa. I had to emigrate successfully as my retirement depends on it. I left with nothing but debt, and my skills. Economically, Namibia had died. Running a small business for 11 years was over. I had to learn to thrive as a Southern African in the UK, as I had British citizenship through my mother.
Three years down the line and I am happier than I thought I would be, in fact happy and growing. Career wise, I am finding my feet after doing entry-level work; emotionally, have a great partner; physically much less stressed and have time to enjoy climate and greenery.
There are things I miss after emigrating from Namibia and Southern Africa. I have just been in tears watching “we are the world” . A group of singers from a small town in the dusty, dry South of Namibia can do that. Knowing there are wild animals nearby in wide open spaces is a link to the environment I miss. The emptiness and sparse population lets my soul know it can breath.
But I am surprised at how well I have settled. There was huge support when I first arrived, financially, emotionally, and practically. After six months I was on my own. What I relied on then, was the skills I have learnt over the years. How to make friends, buckle down and just get on with jobs. Apply my mind and acknowledge that emotionally I just had to suck it up. Review all the skills I had learnt in my career and match it to work available.
There was pain and tears in emigrating from Africa. A home my family has known for seven generations, the home I thought I would grow old in. Now there was a new anxiety. Trying to fit into a culture I did not completely understand yet is familiar in many ways.
Now I am getting back into what I always done- training and developing people. I feel I have reached a space where I can give back to people walking the same path- emigrating from Southern Africa to the UK. There are three basics we all need to learn: find a job, create a stable home, and then relearn how to be happy. I am assuming few things. That you are legally here, have pillow for your head and are looking for a happy way to earn a living, and live.
A five-day challenge on Facebook can initiate this. It will combine the informal online learning world and the basics we need to learn. The online world has evolved training. You can create your niche on Facebook and LinkedIn and serve them with development without ever leaving your home. These are not formal online courses. Facebook challenges are a good example of this.. Group discussions allow people to continue their normal day yet learn snippets of information. Insights are gained into better and different ways of doing things. It is a more organic, non hierarchical way of learning. I find it suits me better as a student and a leader.
Free 5 day Challenge
This free 5 day Facebook Challenge will support others on this journey, from Southern Africa to the United Kingdom. It is an emotional and physically taxing one, and there is no quick fix. However, there are people who have learned some tricks. In addition to those who have found principles which work. These are the people we can learn from. I will invite them to contribute. Similarly with specialists who can offer us advice.
Join me in this Facebook challenge. We share learnings and advice on these three basics: finding a job setting, up a stable home and being happy.