Moving to Wales - advice needed please!

Discussion in 'Cardiff Medical School' started by wannabewelshman, Oct 27, 2013.

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Where should a 32yo English Dr move to with his boyf for a nice life?

  1. Barry-Cardiff area?

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  2. Swansea and west of here across the coast?

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  3. Northerns areas like Bangor or LLandudno area?

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  1. wannabewelshman

    wannabewelshman New Member

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    Hello,

    I'm an FY2 in Sheffield who is likely to apply for either GP or psychiatry and are looking to leave Sheffield at the start of ST1. I really like the idea of Wales as a place to train (combination of landscape, amenities, nice people etc) but its a big step and when you applying to specialties that literally allow you to move pretty much anywhere I want to make the right the decision.

    I've looked a lot on the web and would really appreciate some insider info to address some myths and misconceptions I might have picked up.

    1. I will be discriminated against because I'm English and don't speak Welsh. I'm thinking south coast where I've heard this might not be an issue or north coast. I'm aware that mid/western wales this can be an issue?
    2. My boyfriend (yeah, I'm gay… see below) won't be able to get a job. His background is design and he currently works for a large retail chain. I'm concerned he might be isolated whilst I'm off training and meeting people through my job. The web suggests that the south is being hit hard by the recession and in the north the jobs are all related to tourism.
    3. I'm gay. Now I'm totally aware there are people ok and not ok with this and thats fine and these people can be found everywhere but there are places that are more tolerant than others. Any places to avoid?
    4. Outside Cardiff, there doesn't appear to be much of a gay scene. Discuss.
    5. Welsh hospitals are struggling, lots of articles that doctors aren't happy. I know we English have mid-Staffs and I'm not being rude but are you guys ok day-to-day, do you feel safe and well supported. I know what its like to be on a firm or in a place where you think you're on a knife edge and its not nice is it?

    Re training:
    Lots of GP schemes in the south look nice. Psychiatry-wise whats it like down there? Well supported?

    I feel like such an idiot posting these questions but I don't want to commit to training and regret it. The rental prices look amazing compared to Sheffield, the scenery is great and when I've been to Wales (granted mostly the north and a day trip to cardiff) I was really very impressed.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Steve
     
  2. cphillips89

    cphillips89 New Member

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    Hi Steve

    I saw your post and thought I could comment on a few of the points you raise. I live in London but grew up in Pontypridd, which is a large market town around 12 miles northwest of Cardiff and so I know a lot about the South Wales area but less about East and North Wales.

    1. I think the first thing to point out is that everyone speaks English. People who learned Welsh as a first language will also have learned English. In the area I grew up in, hardly anyone (including myself) speaks Welsh. I would say this is true of the South Wales area, including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and the surrounding coast and valleys, and is also the case in the Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire. Lots of people will have learned Welsh to GCSE level and subsequently forgotten it all. There are communities in West, Mid and North Wales that are Welsh speaking. I'm not sure where these are specifically but I'm sure you could easily find out. My (English) husband worked in Cardiff for a while and had to travel all over South Wales for work and he never encountered any problems. You can probably expect some banter due to the fact you're from England, not Wales but it's all light hearted and well-intended. You will certainly encounter some Welsh however, for example, all road signs are in both English and Welsh, so it might be nice to learn a few words but definitely not essential.

    2. I wouldn't say the recession in Wales is anymore difficult than in the North of England, however I don't know anything about the sector your boyfriend works in. If you lived in South Wales, Bristol is commutable (but bear in mind Severn Bridge toll fees if commuting by car)... just a thought because it's a creative city and there may be more jobs in the sector he works in there.

    3. In South Wales, Cardiff and the surrounding area would be more liberal than say Merthyr Tydfil and the valleys. I'm guessing the smaller and more remote a town or village, the less liberal than the large cities with a university? If you're looking for a gay scene, Cardiff would be your best bet but to be honest it's the best place for any kind of scene, as most nightlife in the towns revolves around pubs.

    Hope that helps a little bit. The area I grew up in is really beautiful with lots of lovely landscapes and greenery. The Vale of Glamorgan is particularly lovely. The good thing about living in the South is that you're close to the capital for culture, but also the beacons and the coast for outdoor activities. Swansea has some of the most stunning coastline along the Gower Peninsula. South Wales is also good for accessing England, e.g. for airports. Cardiff has an airport but it's pretty limited. I would say the further West you live, the more isolated you become in terms of amenities but, of course, it depends what you're after. Finally, bear in mind the weather - it does rain a lot!

    PM me if you want to ask anything more. Good luck with whatever you decide.
     
  3. wannabewelshman

    wannabewelshman New Member

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply it was really helpful!
     

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