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We arrived 26/1/2012, in the worst slump in years apparently, I too had my own business and the wife had a fab job, we lived a confortable life in a beautiful house. Three months in, my wife is at uni, and I am still going through the system of getting my qualifications converted to aussy ones, Im a Sparky, but never finished a apprenticeship in the UK which is complicating things here to our expense. we came over with around 200k in the bank we are well on track to using half within the first year, however we are not on a PR visa, so everything down to training courses costs us the full whack!! and thats why its sounds a lot of doe.
Inspite of that, we new what we were coming into and how much it was going to cost, we knew it would take 6 months for me to get on the work ladder. This place is humming with available work, providing you are prepared to diversify. The huge building projets that are in operation here is amazing this city is expanding daily so if you cant make it here you will have trouble anywhere, the uk is stagnent specially for manual workers.
Its very easy to get negative too quick, just remember its an investment in you and your children's future, and not many investments pay off right away.
Yes you will get all the bonuses right away, climate, beaches, wineries, great new friends, but the investment will take longer to pay off. Thats my view anyway. Come over with an open mind, and a fair bit of expendable cash!!.
Jay, Sparky. Marie, Midwife. James, 18. Niamh, 15
Been through the nightmare. Arrived 26 January. 2012
As you are only asking for the POSITIVES, but as everyone over here will tell you migrating is usually filled with up and downs, here is a list of our 'ups'...
At the current exchange rate, I earn 3 times what I did in the UK and my partner earns double what he did in the UK
Own a convertible car and nothing beats driving along the seafront, with the roof down and looking up at the blue sky and feeling the warmth of the sun on you.
We have had solar power fitted and after 4 months we are in credit $488 so hopefully no electric and gas bills to pay (we can use our electric credit to pay our gas bill) for some time to come.
Being able to call a spade a spade without everyone getting all PC.