My first job in the UK was a summer stint at a sandwich shop in a major rail station in London.
It kind of started with a bang – I arrived starving but I was so terrified of the stern manager that I said nothing and went straight to work. Obviously, working right in front of the very hot ovens in a poorly ventilated shop front on a starving stomach was never going to end well. So for the two months I was there I was known as ‘fainting girl’. Could be worse I suppose.
But what was missing was one of my Sierra Leonean mates. We had both applied together, and both got the job together. And it would have been so much fun to have worked with her, sharing the experience of working and living in the UK for the first time. There were plans for long lunches in the parks with sorrel chicken sandwiches and ice cold ginger beer. But, she had made a mistake with her work permit forms. And you all know what happens if you make a mistake (however small) – lots of delays.
Luckily she did sort it all out and went on the get other jobs. And to this day both of us fully extol the need to fill in forms correctly, double check everything and make sure the right documents are sent in etc.
And so I am pleased to see that Lebara (who aim to help migrants connect) publish a basic guide to getting a work permit in the UK. Vital stuff.
Also, Lebara have a brilliant website which aims to connect migrants from all over the world and includes how to guides on issues like banking, health and education, community forums where you can post and answer questions and an area for you to write guides that would be helpful to others. Plus of course Lebara offer cheap international calls to keep in touch with family and friends where ever you are. So please do pop over to Lebara and share this info with anyone who would find this useful.
Off now to make a batch of chicken sorrel sandwiches and go to the park for a long catch up with my friend who is in London for a few days. We might not have worked together and had picnics in our breaks that summer but we have been making up for it ever since.
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Working in the UK, Lebara and a Sorrel Chicken Sandwich
- For the sorrel mayonnaise:
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp finely chopped sorrel
- For the chicken sandwich:
- 2 sandwich rolls
- 2 handfuls of fresh rocket (arugula)
- 4 slices of cooked chicken breast
- Combine all the ingredients for the sorrel mayonnaise together.
- Create the sandwiches by layering the rolls starting first with some rocket, then the chicken, then the sorrel mayonnaise and a bit more rocket.
- Serve simply with some ice tea or water.