Sorry Jim - I didn't mean to offend you - maybe it did sound patronising - so I apologise - I didn't mean it to sound bad against you... (that's the trouble with mails - the expression can sometimes come out wrong. And perhaps you are right - I'm sure another designers experience could be completely different to mine - so I'm sure they deserve the chance to try. I suppose my frustration at my situation makes me only see things from one side. I guess I didn't want to change my profession - but some may see it as a brand new start and want to do that - so you're right - they should have the chance.
Hi Jo, absolutely no apology necessary and I sometimes come across as curt in my responses even though I don't intend to, so I know the limitations of electronic communication. Given your experience, it's no wonder you're frustrated that the occupation is on the list, and technically it shouldn't be if the positions aren't available!
Just been reading this interesting thread and thought I would add our experiences so far.
We arrived last October on a 475 visa and at first took some time out, but we did have look around at jobs.
Val secured a good job in the city not much different than the one she had back in England although she has since had promotion and enjoys the job alot more than the one she had in England.
I on the other hand didn't find it very easy at all. I'm was toolmaker originally and my last job in England was as a production manager in a job I really wasn't happy in. I had numerous interviews and was shortlisted on a number of occasions but the final goal was never achieved. In the end after many months looking for work I managed to secure a temp role with Centrelink though an agency.
Close to the end of the contract I was fortunate enough to secure an interview and then a second interview before being offered my dream job in business development, maintenance and building redevelopment.
I've now been in my new job for just about a month and really enjoy it, never knowing what each day will bring. I'm being sent on a training course Tuesday next week for a "White Card" which will allow me on the construction site and I couldn't be happier.
As the previous posts have said, it's not easy but for us two things have worked out well in the end and we wouldn't change a thing. (Apart from the amount of savings we went through when out of work!)
Good luck to everybody we feel it really is worth it.