So, I have an offer of a job in Hong Kong. It sounds like a great opportunity to do research in a different place – gaining experience in my field and working in a different country.
At this point in my life I’m going to seize the opportunity but leading up to my departure there is an awful lot to sort out! I don’t have anything tying me here and I felt I needed a fresh start.
When I formally accepted the offer, the University (City University of Hong Kong) sent the official contract to sign along with the documents that I needed to apply for the visa. These were completed and sent back to the University who then deal with the paperwork. Typically the visa takes 6-8 weeks to process and the University should be fairly prompt about organizing their share of the paperwork. From getting the offer, I had three months to sort out everything before heading to Hong Kong – that isn’t long, especially when you’re working full time.
It was slightly nerve wracking putting pen to paper and signing the contract – this isn’t just a couple of hours away…. This is over 6000 miles. It’s a new culture, a completely different language and different form anything I’ve done before. Part of me was terrified; what if I didn’t like it? Going somewhere on your own can be quite scary and can be quite lonely.