"Realism" is the name of the game at the moment.
Economics are playing a big part in the move here,what with the falling $/can't sell UK house/Houses increasing here and the ever increasing mortgage rate here.
A few years ago with cheapo house prices here and a great exchange rate it really did seem like a dream come true - but S**t happens - this means you really have to have strong motives for moving here now.
It should be natural for people to question why they are making the move here and consider every part of it.You'd be daft if you didn't get the "wobbles" as well,firstly in the UK during the final stages and then here when you wonder "what have I done?"
This got me in 10 days of arriving here - I remember vividly walking outside and bursting into tears.Got over it quickly and not looked back.
Personally I'd advise against the "I'm escaping from the UK and will be happy anywhere else " attitude.
Look forward to the life here,prepare as much as you can and relish the new challenges,have a second crack at life!!
I completely agree with you about vacancies in the middle of nowhere.
Originally Posted by Libby1971
Personally I think its only a matter of time before Adelaide is taken off the regional list for a sir visa and immigrants are forced to choose other areas of south oz - this might not be a bad thing. I wonder how many poms actually come here and settle outside Adelaide - like Whyella, Port Lincoln etc - probably a very small percentage.
Yes just what I was thinking.
Originally Posted by Nick11
The SIR visa ethos was about encouraging people to live in low population areas, Adelaide being the only major city allowed.
If Adelaide housing is becoming less affordable and jobs are located further out then there are plenty of very nice places to live in South Australia which are not Adelaide. Yes it takes you further out of your probable comfort zone and the challenges of integration are much harder, but in my opinion the quality of life OUTSIDE Adelaide is even higher elsewhere in South Australia.
Well I think you are ALL right! But in different ways, and that's not just me being (yuk!) nice.
Originally Posted by graandjac
Ultimately everyone does have to learn their own lessons in life, but I personally feel that the negative/realistic comments can just be used to stimulate different research. If something does put you off and you decide against emigrating then that is still your own decision - but I can't believe any post on here would encourage such a radical change of plan.
For example, it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that it is expensive to actually live here. We can all look up the prices of shopping etc. Wouldn't put me off, and we've lived with it now for 2 1/2years. House prices have risen, but then what's new? Even when we came over we were being told (sometimes smugly!) the prices had already risen significantly 5 years earlier, so we just bought a home we could afford (with a mortgage!). It won't come as a surprise to anyone to be told that there is generally a reason why some houses are cheaper than others, but I'm equally sure you'll be able to find something that'll do, or just rent. Similarly, medical and dental bills, school fees, rego etc can all be uncovered via the Internet. Or you can just ask, but don't think of information as negative because it isn't what you might want to hear. It's just information to use as you will.
The people we know that have gone back, or are planning to, have each gone back for their own reasons, but I can't recall many blaming Adelaide. We've been lucky to meet some lovely people that I will be very sad to say goodbye to...and they've not been bitter. TG!(Although we haven't met many people from these forums, so perhaps I don't know enough returnees to judge!)
We love love our life here. Every fortnight we struggle to end in credit (would help if I got regular employment of course!), but we have a very enjoyable life and are very happy and proud to live here.
Originally Posted by Rov
I noticed you live on Kangaroo Island, just wondered what its like? & what you do for a living? What other areas outside of Adelaide (In your own opinion) are worth a try
I've driven across much of SA.
Originally Posted by louiesmum
Victor Harbour, Goolwa, Port Elliott, Robe,
The Barossa, The Flinders Ranges, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Streaky Bay and Kangaroo Island are all nice places.
Kangaroo Island is a challenging place to establish yourself.
If you like peace and quiet, beautiful beaches and can live without a cinema, a chinese/indian takeaway and fairly limited employment options (ie if you can be self employed)then it might be a good place to try. As for schooling, most people I know either send their kids to boarding school in ADL, or want to leave so that they can send their kids to a school in ADL.
If you are a builder, carpenter, plumber or electrician and want to be self employed and are able to get registration, then you will likely be booked up weeks/months in advance here (as long as there is no recession etc).
I know a carpenter who moved here from Sydney a few weeks ago and he's already booked up until July.
Last edited by Rov; 16-03-2008 at 03:46 PM.
Originally Posted by Rov
No myself or my partner have none of those skills I'm a nurse, & OH is a operations manager for a computer co> So I dont suppose there would be so much call for his job in those sort of areas?? Thanks for your reply spk soon
Dont think there are any computer co's here at all! A friend of mine is a pom migrant here and a highly qualified nurse (intensive care) but only gets the odd day at the hospital here. He sometimes does a couple of weeks holiday relief on the NPY aborigianal lands up in central Oz (SA). The pay is good, they fly you in and out, but I understand you have to be pretty robust as a person. They always need people as far as I know, someone from the health dept in WA tried to poach him to work over on their outback communities. As relief you get time back here and you can choose when and how often you want to go. Best of luck.
Originally Posted by louiesmum
Last edited by Rov; 17-03-2008 at 12:52 AM.
The Right Attitude
The main advice I can offer to anyone coming over here is to come with the right attitude and I can not stress how important I feel that is.
I came to Australia on my own on a 1 year working holiday visa in 1996-97 and worked and travelled around the country. Back then I felt it was a land of opportunities for people and I still feel that way today. My partner had never been to Australia when we emigrated in March 2007 and my advice to him as to anyone, is you just need to get a job show them what you can do and you will go far.
My partner works in IT and landed a job within a week of being in Adelaide and it took me 10 weeks to find a job. We are both doing very well in our jobs and once you prove yourself the sky is the limit. You have to remember you are coming to a country where generally no one has heard of the companies you worked for or the qualifications you have and you have to be prepared to start from scratch again. If you come with the attitude that you will only work for this much and only want a job at this level, then I would suggest you stay in the UK.
In the UK I used to teach people how to write CV's, interview techniques and how to sell yourself in an interview (a skill that women in particular find it hard to do as they don't want to look as though they are showing off). The experience of finding work/going for an interview is never pleasant. In the UK I never felt as though I lived in the right country as people will moan and complain but not stand up and be counted and I am direct person and say it like it is. In Australia people will call a spade a spade and I work in an office environment with 20 men and I am the only woman. If you are a shy, retiring wallflower they will eat you alive! I love the Aussies because what you see is what you get.
I would like to add though that we both work longer hours than we did in the UK, get less holiday and our mortgage is a lot higher than it was in the UK, but would we go back to the UK - DEFINITELY NOT!!
What price can you put on driving to work in the sunshine in a morning and seeing a clear blue sky, walking along a beach, feeling safe and secure, living where people are friendly, happy and want to talk to you and living in a society where common sense generally prevails. Life is just more pleasant.