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Dumbing down is the ignoring of ones own instinctive judgment/perception/outlook/qualities, in order to fit in with the general view or requirement. A view/requirement that bases itself on the principle of the 'easiest option'.
Thus it is capitulating to a standard not held by intellect or skill, but by the influence of others. The laziest of options.
Dumbing down is the 'fit in or f..k off' of opinion; of qualification!!
The ultimate 'race to the bottom'. (Another Au phrase. You have to wonder how it came about.....)
Your proving my point Chris, good luck to people who go back at the end of the day we all do our own thing but I don't understand why you have to slate the place and the people who like it to "justify" your going back. You keep mentioning how smart you are, but smart in my opinion is people who say I have gave it a go and it's not for me or just admit they made a mistake by not knowing what it was they were getting into. Good luck to you on your return and I hope you find happiness when you get there and you don't have to do this all again when you remember why you left in the first place.
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I've thought long and hard about this and I put emigrating down to 3 steps. The first is research, when you get here "nothing" should be a surprise If it is then you have ballsed up. Then it comes down to step 2 which is attitude, if there were no surprises you can go straight to step 3 but if you have ballsed up and get surprises when you get here people do one of Two things. The first is to not admit they have made mistakes and to blame everyone and everything else and the second group say dam I should have known that but I'm going to do everything I can to get around it. The last is a slice of luck which we have no control over.
Last edited by minty; 02-02-2013 at 05:42 AM.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
I was chatting to a colleague last week about visas and ended up on the receiving end of a rant about foreign nurses taking the jobs and new grad nurses struggling, (think she forgot who she was talking to for a while).
Actually this is what dumbing down means according to the Cambridge Dictionary "to make something simpler and easier for people to understand, especially in order to make it more popular" and it usually relates to media with regards to popular culture.
I think perhaps you're just a little cross the man didn't give you his job - if you'd made me sit through a powerpoint presentation when I hadn't asked for one I think I might be just as inclined as he was to decide you weren't the right person to work with me. Maybe you need to prove your jobskills rather than just show-off and also understand that although Australia appears, before you get here, to be a sunny UK it is in fact a country on the other side of the world influenced far more by all of the nations it has taken in and its proximity to Asia then it has been by "The British".
People in the UK constantly moan about how the Indians, Pakistanis, Polish etc come over to the UK and 'don't fit in' or 'take our jobs' but when the poms go abroad they think it is ok to turn the country into 'Little Britain'. If the UK is so great, why did we leave in the first place?
Times have changed, jobs in Australia are harder to come by and there is a lot of competition for work. I have read time and time again that people 'are prepared to do anything' jobwise but in reality this is often not true and then they moan about having to start at the bottom or doing lower level work.
I worked with a polish bloke who came to Adelaide as a student to learn English. In Poland he had his own successful IT business, his own house, decent car and had a successful and financially sound life by polish standards. As he could not speak a word of English when he came, the only job he could get was as a cleaner. He took this job, studied English and the rest they say is history. He now runs his own IT business in Adelaide, does not do any advertising as all of his customers come via word of mouth. He came with the attitude that he would succeed and was going to make a go of it. I have never heard him moan once, he is proud to tell his story of how he started out and what he has achieved so far.
At the end of the day life in Adelaide is not for everyone, some will flourish and some will flounder on the journey and starting a new life, but we all have choices.
Last edited by Jessica Berry; 03-02-2013 at 02:16 AM.
[QUOTE=garyupnorth;251978]If you dont mind me asking, what U.K. plumbing quals did you go over with? I'm Advanced Craft City and Guilds, Gas Safe reg., CSCS site work, CSTS confined spaces, Ground and Air source heat pump qualified and have done a basic air-con course, also a basic solar powered installation course and not forgetting my on site first aiders. I'm getting a bit worried now reading your thread as I have my AFQ 3 IN GENERAL PLUMBING as I was advised to go general plumbing rather than specialised through skills asses. it seems all my past experiance, skills and knowledge stands for nothing.
Any advice on this would be great.
had my own business for many years was level three city n guilds qualified pretty much most tickets pipe fitter & commercial gas engineer over 15 years experience but doesn't count for much you still have to do the 1-1/2 years of bull**** coarses at TAFE. Its not hard just insulting sitting in with first years telling you how to suck eggs.
The moneys not really there either.#But i guess if you stick with it get all qualls again there are better jobs in different states if you want that. The mines are very clicky who you no. But i would say depends on you age if you young enough its worth doing the tickets.
I had a trade job jacked it to much digging doing sales now.. funny
well good luck