Truly very wise words!
I can't say why people go back. I know that even in the midst of my wobble, I thought this is horrible but had no desire to go back. I spent 11 trying to get here, trust me I am staying!!!!!! But my heart goes out to those who feel that Australia is not for them. It must be very hard to say goodbye and then go through the upheaval again - another move across the world. I am not moving again.
You can't change your mind, Daphne will go mad! :)
I'm sure everyone will miss something, family, friends etc... crime is every where in the world, its what you make it. you'll have friends when you get there so don't worry.
When I went to school it would be 66.5% success rate. Not that I'm nit picking.
Originally Posted by paul_smart
Does prove whatever the figures its not for everyone. We are very confident it will be for us, but until we are there for a while nothing is certain.
god no! i'm not changing my mind, but it all takes so long to get there, theres too much time to dwell and ponder, I can be happy with most things, its just better to know as much as possible, dont like surprises. i'm going, (if they'll have me) . you only regret the things you dont do.
Originally Posted by Django
I did notice thid too Pete, but unlike you i'm not one to nit pick!!!!!!!!!! lol
ping pong poms
This is our 1st time on here, so hello to everyone. Weve just come back to uk from oz, only lasted 2 months. Started off in adelaide, but really struggled to find accomadation, so after 2 weeks looking (whilst paying over the odds for a short stay let) we went to ballarat in victoria, near OH rellies. Found rental easily & OH got job straight away as a plumber, but found his uk qualifications didnt count for much in victoria & he would have to do some retraining to get his licence (up to 1 year & £1000), so the pay was rubbish. From our experience & talking to others, the main reasons for coming back are homesickness and a realisation that oz isnt maybe what its cracked up to be. I think maybe people go out there with such great expectations, get a good job, nice house with pool, cost of livings cheaper etc etc, but this isnt always the case. Often uk qualifications dont mean that much over there, & the wages arent always as good,and the cost of housing & stuff in general has gone up quite a bit. But I would say go for it & give it a try otherwise you'll always be wondering what if. Although were now back in uk were thinking of going back again & giving oz another go, hopefully this time we know more what to expect & wont have such high expectations.
PS We really liked adelaide, not the most exciting place in oz but pleasant enough & lots to do & see within easy reach of adelaide - mclaren vale, barossa valley, adelaide hills all lovely, kangaroo island easy to get to & outback not too far away. :D
PPS We liked victor harbor has anyone lived\worked there that could offer any advice
Originally Posted by kevscotoz
Sorry things didn't work out for you, but your post is a perfect example of reasons why to research before you arrive reference jobs,license,living costs.
Granted Adelaide and Oz is not for everyone and this can only be realised after living here but some of the pitfalls can be avoided with research.
Good luck should you become a Ping Pong Pom,
Although were now back in uk were thinking of going back again & giving oz another go, hopefully this time we know more what to expect & wont have such high expectations.
This is what I fear most getting there and because of homesickness starting to think 'hey perhaps the UK wasn't so bad 'therefore start thinking of it as better than it actually was and coming back only to then think perhaps Australia wasn't as bad as we thought it was and so on and so forth. What a nightmare I'd rather make my mind up one way or the other or not bother
Tried to do research into plumbing licences but could not get a straight answer from anybody. Most replies told me I would prob have to re-train but never said anything about how long or at what cost. Also looked up wages again couldnt get a straight answer, even when we were in oz on a lot of subjects its hard to get a straight answer from an ozzy usually no worries!!!!!!
if you start to see the uk through rosey glasses just come on this site, there will be loads of people who will be only too happy to remind you what its actually like.