Recruitment website, Expatexit, launched for Brexit professionals

The Shard, London

It’s mid-February and Brexit remains a complicated picture. As previously stated on this website, it’s better to be proactive about things rather than wait for an outcome beyond our control. Uncertainty is the new normal – and we had all better get used to it.

Which is presumably why hundreds of UK-based workers are reportedly voting with their feet by signing up for global opportunities through a new recruitment website.

The platform, Expatexit, was launched by Polish entrepreneur Marcin Czyza (who has never worked or lived in the UK) with the aim of helping professionals affected by Brexit to find jobs in other countries. As the website explains, through fairly antagonistic language:

High costs of living? Far away from family and friends? Unfriendly atmosphere? Does this sound familiar? If the only reason for you to stay in the United Kingdom is your job, we have the perfect solution for you. Just register on our website, create your profile and indicate where would like to work. It doesn’t matter if it is your home town or an exotic destination where you were always dreaming of living. Our job is to contact all potential employers at the location of your choice. Just give yourself a chance !

But there are also British workers registering through the platform, which is no bad thing for their career prospects – or even the UK’s prospects, as trade deals are sought around the world. The likes of Sir Martin Sorrell and the British Council have recently encouraged young workers to get China experience, Brexit or not.

Perhaps leaving the EU will prove a jolt or an awakening of sorts, pointing us in new directions in ways unexpected.

open movement° connects digital nomads across the world

Makerspace

With the so-called gig economy on the rise, it’s of little surprise that caffeine-fuelled communities of shiny Mac owners are sprouting across cities. But there is little in the way of something that connects these micro-workers together with the resources needed to make them flourish…until now.

open movement° has emerged as a digital meeting place, connecting micro-workers with useful tools: http://movement.open.co At the time of writing, there are more than 600 hubs named on the open movement°  website located all over the world (from Brazil to Indonesia) across a very diverse range, from popups to makerspaces, and more than 70 tools/resources are listed that include websites, articles, apps and courses. The open movement° creators are looking for people to help build the digital meeting space:

We champion the hubs where people come together to make new ideas happen and the tools they use to create, sustain and grow these places.

You’re invited – please help us create this digital meeting place.

So there you go.

I should add at this point that open movement° has been built with the support and encouragement of my employer, the British Council, specifically the Creative Economy Team.