I haven't been on for a while, as I have basically been working my butt off on a casual post within Flinders Hospital, which I can now officially say has been well worth it as I started a permanent role on Monday.
I'm so tired but absolutely delighted that my hard work has finally paid off.
I just felt that this was an important announcement to make, especially to any new people coming over, that things do come good but a lot of hard work and doing jobs that you wouldn't normally have considered have to be put onto the list.
We have been here just over 10 months now and are now seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel with regards to finances. We are temp residents and receive no government help (which isn't what we came here for anyway but every little helps). We were hoping that as soon as I secured a permanent post that we could buy our own place, but we have decided to wait a bit longer and recoup some of our savings that have went on our survival up to now.
Things that seem really important while in the UK, like getting a nice house with a pool, sea views, nice car etc., aren't quite so when you get here and live a bit and get used to the bills, wages etc. So try not to put too much pressure on yourselves, get to grips with it all first then make decisions based on the situation that you find yourselves in.
It's been a hard slog but a huge learning experience, which we wouldn't change for anything.
So I know it's easy for someone to say, try not to stress too much but things will work out for you if you put the hard work into it and don't restrict yourself in the types of work that is out there.
I know a fair few people through this site now and they also know what we have went through to get this far, but we are not the first to go through this and definately won't be the last.
So, keep plugging away as the rewards taste all the sweeter when things finally come together.