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Posted On May 5, 2014

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So it took 4 years, 2 months and 2 weeks but it finally happened – I finally felt seriously homesick last week. I thought I had been homesick before but I was clearly delusional those other times. And I understand why it is called a sickness, because it came in waves of complete wallowing followed by waves of obsessive Googling to consider moving home! It was like the ex-pat version of fever dreams!

I believe the moment that I caught this illness was when I got super excited about going to the birthday party of one of my best friends. This visit will involve two of my best UK friends, plus a roadtrip, possible KFC and seeing my old university town and random other people I haven’t seen in 6 years! (Wow I can’t believe it has been that long!)

So…this led me to viewing some hardcore job and property porn (note to self – should never go on Rightmove or Guardian Jobs!) and I randomly decided to double check the rules for getting authorisation to be a social worker in the UK. Now, here’s where things get tricky, perhaps I read this rule before but didn’t think it was a problem or maybe they have changed the rules, but it turns out that the whole process is more complicated than I thought.

Norway currently does not have a regulated social work profession (despite the fact that the education is regulated and you can only study it as an undergrad programme…don’t get me started on the lack of logic of the whole thing) but the UK does. In order to get authorisation in the UK when you have studied in an unregulated country you have to have completed your education and then worked fulltime for at least 2 years (in the country you qualified) after the end of the education.

Now a few weeks ago if anyone had asked me if I intended to be in Norway for at least 4 more years I would have probably not have even blinked before saying yes. But now that I am being told I HAVE to be here…well it feels less manageable. So after even more searching online I found a bunch of the type of jobs I would love to do – none of which I would require qualified social worker status in the UK for. In which case…why am I doing this if I don’t want to be here!? Grass is greener or genuine missing my country? Confusion reigns at the moment! Maybe if I lie in a cold, dark room for long enough it will blow over!


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