Young professionals in London
The term ‘young professional’ is a broad and general one, but today we’re taking a look at a portrait of a typical young professional in London.
A young professional in London is certainly employed and has been for at least a couple of years post-university. Many YPs will have been to university, but it’s possible that some will have gone straight into an entry-level role after A-levels and worked aggressively to advance their career in a speedy manner so that they’re able to meet the salaries and positions available to graduates. To fall into the category of YP, you would normally have to work for a white-collar organisation or have qualified into a ‘professional’ role. YPs take their careers seriously and are interested in taking training courses and networking in order to gain promotion through a company. It would be very normal for young professionals in London to move jobs after a couple of years with a particular firm. This offers great promotion opportunities and is a quick and easy way to get a salary increase.
Accommodation and Housing
Young professionals in London typically live in affluent, yet trendy areas with lots going on – here are 10 examples of areas where young professionals live in London.
YPs may be either renters or home-owners. Those who are renting are usually keen to get a foot on the property ladder and may be saving hard in order to secure money for a deposit for their first home purchase. Alternatively they may be in discussion with their parents (or similar) for a handout or loan in order to aid this step. Those who are home-owners tend to either be living with a partner, or have bought a home by themselves and are letting out a room to friends or randoms.
Young professionals are either single or in relationships. Although it’s very possible that young professionals can have children, in London the typical YP would not have (due to busy, career-minded folk having children later on in life when they’re pushing the boundaries of how old a ‘young’ professional can be, or couples choosing to leave London once they have kids). Young professional couples who have not yet got around to thinking about children are sometimes known as DINKs – this stands for Dual Income No Kids. Single young professionals can be found everywhere in London, which is great news if you’re looking for love. Single YPs often live in shared houses with other singles. If you’re single and ready to mingle, then check out our Dating in London page or register your interest in our Moove2London Social events to meet likeminded people.
One word – BUSY. Young Professionals in London have barely got time to think. They’re either busy earning money or spending it. Particularly smug YPs will even claim that they don’t have time to watch television, or worse, that they don’t own one. Although you’ll also meet a large percentage of YPs chatting about the latest reality TV show next to the office water cooler. You can expect many young professionals to work longer hours than the usual 9-5 schedule, often because they want to keep up with their ambitious colleagues. Many YPs go for after-work drinks with their colleagues on a regular basis – some show extraordinary stamina and are able to drink into the early hours and be back at their desk looking fresh a few hours later…. others will make fools of themselves in front of their bosses and can cause problems for themselves in the workplace. Of course YPs don’t just socialise with their work contacts, they’ll often have many different groups of friends including school friends, uni friends, friends from previous jobs, friends of their flatmates, friends from a football or netball team etc etc.
London is one of the most fun, exciting and advantageous places for young professionals to live in – if you’re considering moving here as a YP, then why not take the plunge, we believe that everyone should experience living in London at some point in their life, even if it’s only for a year or two. Read the rest of the information on our site to help you decide where to live in London, how to find flatmates and of course, how to pay the bills.
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