Bravo and well said Libby
I think that emigrating anywhere is a difficult thing to do. Having said that, moving to a country that shares a common language with your own makes things 1000 times easier in every aspect of life.
The first day I got to Adelaide, I never before saw such a clear sky and air, such bright sunshine and so little in the way of vast areas of slum housing as in much of the UK today.
Having said all that, it is a different country, not an extension of the UK at all, which is a common misconception which if the Ozzies catch you thinking, will smartly be put right.
Being a pom you have to prove yourself with some of them for some unfathomable reason but you get used to it; let the jibes go over the shoulder. The Ozzies are to my mind tougher and more blunt which can be quite disconserting for the newly arrived Pom and can be hard to get used to: one thing that will happen is you either grow a thicker skin or you leave!
The quality of life is better no question. The standard of living is also higher.
It is still the land of opportunity which I never felt the UK was- there are opportunities here if you look for them and if you are prepared to take a risk, work hard, stay focused and live with the worry and the stress and hope to come out on top. You dont risk, you dont get.
Someone once said to me that immigrants try harder in a new country than the old: I think thats true, but you have to be prepared to risk to be able to take advantage when the opportunities arise. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
There are great days and totally crap days, but when you are starting from scratch in a new country, the swings for the first few years are going to be greater than they ever were back in the UK. If you want that better quality of life and standard of living then thats the price you pay, at least at the start. What dosent kill you makes you stronger. Life is an adventure not a conveyer belt. Good luck.
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Reading the good and bad points is part of the research
Since we started the process a year ago our house has gone down £50,000, exchange rates gone down 40cents and house prices in Adeladie have gone up 12.8% so that lovely mortgage free 4 bed, 2 bath house with a pool in a lovely area has gone down the plug, we are now looking a mortgaged 4bed, 2 bath NO POOL in maybe a nice area.
But if I have to spend another summer with my 4 kids off school for 8 weeks and not being able to take them to the park or beach because of the weather or have to spend £30-£40 to take them somewhere to entertain them for 2hours I will scream at least in Oz we will have the weather to take our kids to the beach or park free
We only qualifiy for a temp vias so we will not be entilted to any help like we may get here in the form of family allowance or tax credits, but do I still want to go --Yes
I know we will struggle for a few years at least and I know it will break my heart to leave my only sister and neice but I have to go for the kids sake and my own as I am more terrified of spending my life regretting staying in NI than I am of failing in OZ.
We all read these threads and hope they are positive and life will be great when we get there but that won't always be the case, so read the threads take in the good and bad and make your own choice what is best for your family.
Originally Posted by caoimhe
Well said that Man Or Woman. Cheers Graham
What you have to remember that there will be aussies on their own ex pat website probably saying the same thing about England.
I imagine that with all us young uns (30ish) going out there can reverse the trend of retiring and inject some life into the city.
I went to bed last night really put off by all that was said and i have had doubts for a while but i would rater go with a realistic idea then with totally unreal expectations.
I will progress with visa and see what happens.
........for you. ;) Others have gone out and had people fighting for their services. It again comes down to personal circumstances. I know you can only report on what you have found but to make a sweeping statement like that I feel is a bit like saying all poms whinge. We will go the Adelaide if it doesn't work out we won't come back but will try Brissie or Cairns or Perth or Melbourne or Sydney or anywhere but UK.
Originally Posted by Ranger
I agree with all the positive things everyone has said over the last few days, as was really shocked to read the negative posts a few days ago. Jacqueline, I know exactly what you mean, we'll only be on a temporary visa and both Nick and I will only be able to work 20 hrs each per week, and I am leaving behind close family, and we haven't sold the house yet and I am starting my diploma on 17th July... but if we didn't do this now, we would regret it, we have to take the opportunity while we have the chance, and we wouldn't be doing it if we didn't feel we were giving our daughter a better way of life.
I'm aiming for a sea view and no mortgage if we can possibly achieve that! And a few years of hard graft until we can get a permanent visa.
It's just the waiting now that's the hardest bit, I just want to get in there and get on with it. When we get our house, we're having a party and you lot are invited!!
Not just us , all the other families we knew had similar experiences, ranging from professionals to tradesmen, there might have been but I never knew anyone including Aussies who had an Aussie employer fighting for their services. It's easy to say you'll move interstate but the practicalities of it are completely different, it would be easier to move to the right city in the first place. Finding work in Adelaide has always been hard and probably always will be, the main employers there are Holden (Vauxhaul) and Mitsubishi and they've had problems over the years. On the plus side the primary schools are good they don't have a national curriculum and at least the kids are allowed to be kids longer than they are here.
Originally Posted by Django
Originally Posted by Ranger
Very true, don't know, but Mitsi are just about gone from SA now, they are closing the Tonsley plant with huge losses of jobs (big payoffs though) so there will be hundreds of workers in the next few months fighting for jobs - or going interstate where I beleive they are being offered some pretty good packages. on the plus side, there will be lots and lots of disposable income floating around Adelaide for a few months.
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I must have missed all the 'negative' posting...or maybe what I interpreted as realism (having been here for over a year) others are interpreting as negativity. Like anything in life if it's worth having it's worth fighting for - and realistically, somethings are a challenge - and realistically, sometimes it can get tough; but it's absolutely, definitely, 100% worth it. We love our life in Adelaide.