After graduating from Adelaide university (a massive balls up and months of stress and STILL no parchment) ((wish I could have stayed at Bournemouth)) I returned to the UK in February 2013. This was the best thing I could have done. I've never been so lonely nor has my family/myself ever struggled to get jobs. When graduating, one of my lecturers said, and I quote "I hope you're going back to England because you'll never get a job here" and the man was right! England may be an overpopulated little country and yes it is very competitive for graduates but the opportunities are better and the harder you work to make connections, the more chance you have of a great reward. In Adelaide, no one wanted to know. In the UK I got a job using my hard earned degree at the Ordnance Survey as well as a bit of work on the side with an independent cartographer. Both of my parents have fabulous jobs and are happy again. Might I add, we are all dual nationals by descent and yet we may as well have come over on temporary working visas like a bunch of backpackers. I am delighted to have reconnected with all of my old friends and couldn't wait to get back to my family and boyfriend. Overall, Adelaide was a lonely, depressing and boring interlude in my life but it has made me incredibly grateful to live in England and have wonderful family, an amazing boyfriend and great friends. I missed the charm and beauty of the south of England and being able to walk past beautiful old buildings and green fields. I learned an awful lot from my experience but it's certainly not one I'd wish to repeat.
My final word to anyone thinking of returning to the UK would be; if it feels right, bloody well do it! Just because you've been to Adelaide or 'quirky' Glenelg on holiday, it doesn't mean it's your forever home - I love Malta but I don't want to live there! However, it may well be for you so give it a fair go. Often if you're a doctor or a hairdresser or something equally as transferable you may have a better chance of gaining employment but if you're a geographer (or something similar) like myself, be prepared for a major battle! You may well have settled in an English community, but surely you'd like your Aussie neighbours to be just as friendly and supportive - well that's not always the case! Just remember that when those affable Aussies come over to England to gain employment, they get jobs and fall into friendship groups straight away as they put their game faces on but the minute we head over there, especially if you're an academic, you're really going to struggle to get anywhere unless you're lucky enough to get a job + transfer costs that has been sponsored by a UK based/global company.
Any way, spleen well and truly vented - I'm not saying don't give it a go, but do consider your move carefully!! If you're coming home, the weather is fantastic (27 degrees in the south today). Good luck and I hope you all make the right decision.