Being from the South of Ireland  working in England I take advantage of my accent.  I’ve noticed a trend in that  older women especially seem to like it and ask me to say ’33’ and then tell me ‘I could listen to you all night’.   When I was out one night this lad said I sounded Jamaican!  Then when I joined a rugby club the lads thought I was a plumber/tradesman/policeman [due to my accent]  only to reveal to their surprise that I am a Uni Professor.  Having a different accent has been overall positive for me.  After a lecture once, I had someone ask a question for the sake of hearing my voice.  The British really seem to like it..  It’s an icebreaker in conversations and makes the ladies smile 🙂