"I left Brazil at 23 to live in the UK, and I work here as an executive assistant. My move was inspired by a desire to improve my language skils, but now that I'm here, I think I bring diversity and fun to my host country too!
Migration is an opportunity to put yourself out of your comfort zone and achieve your personal goals. It can be a beautiful thing, but I would urge anyone attempting it to make sure that they are doing so for the right reasons. I myself had to face a few challenges in pursuit of those goals when I was looking for work. Most places wanted people who already had work experience in the UK. But I'm happy to say that those things are in the past now, and I feel right at home — with my dog, my cats and my partner."
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