My name is Eliza and I came to London almost 6 years ago. I have a bachelor degree from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.
I have been in Romania all my life up until that point and once I got my degree I decided to take a leap of faith and change my life completely. For everyone that knows me getting out of my comfort zone is not something I do often but encouraged by my best friend that was already there I bought a one way ticket to London and never looked back.
Romania is an absolutely gorgeous country with kind and brilliant people, however it is not known for being cultural diverse - aprox 90% of people are Romanians. London on the other hand is the exact opposite of that.
Being in London has opened my eyes and allowed me to meet people from all parts of the world. It made me understand more about different cultures, cuisines, customs and ultimately I think it made me understand myself better in the process. By the time I moved I had been studying English for 14 years so I thought that I had it all figured out or at least that things would be easier. How wrong I was, being in London has brought forward a lot more challenges and ultimately a sea of opportunities. Even though learning the language was not one of them, I shortly started setting goals that I wanted to achieve. For instance learning Portuguese was one of them.
My first job that I had in London was with a Brazilian company, and I was the only one in the office that didn’t speak Portuguese at the time, so I was determined to change that. Learning to speak a new language was such a rewarding experience that would have not happened hadn’t I decided to move and it has opened new doors for me.
In December 2016, one of my good friends and colleagues recommended me for the position that opened for Your House London. I set up a meeting with the director and the following week I was ready to start my journey with the agency. I was able to present my set of skills while learning as much as I could about the room letting climate in London.
This is the beauty of being in a city like London, just when you think you know what to expect, it surprises you. One thing that I have always said to myself as an encouragement when things got hard considering I am coming from a very small city in Romania was that I would rather "be a small fish in a big pond than being a big fish in a small one." This is exactly how I would describe London, endless possibilities and opportunities. I believe that my life fully started once I got here. I made some amazing friends, I have learned to operate in a professional environment and I have also learned how important time is.
If you live in London, you know that there is no time to be wasted. We work hard and we enjoy life even harder!