Are things really that bad!!
I have been studying this and a few other aussie forums for many months and now I am in a state of total "don't know what to do". Most of what I have read tells stories of people struggling to find jobs having been in Adelaide for anything from 2 to 18 months.
We have our house up for sale and will be over as soon as we can. My worries are now that by the time we arrive, my husband will be 47 years old (I am 43) and we are now thinking that he is going to struggle to find work because of this. We are not coming over on skilled visas - he is a kiwi - so family visa. At present he works in the car industry (plastic moulding). Me, I would be very happy with a little part time job - eg receptionist at a gym or sweeper upper at a hairdressers - I'm not wanting an IT or medical job, so are these types of smaller jobs around and are we likely to find that companies would rather employ younger people as they do here because its cheaper.
I'm sorry I seem to have waffled on a bit but I am really worried that I will be tearing my family apart (my daughter is staying here is England) without any means of earning money to make a return visit once a year. Don't get me wrong we are far from lazy people and certainly don't expect opportunities to land at our feet. And no we are not a couple who think we are going to be better off in Oz than the UK with a massive mortgage free house, we are prepared to work hard and enjoy a more outdoor lifestyle than here.
Hope someone can shed some light
At the end of the day things are what you make them, sounds like you have the right attitude. Don't know if there are jobs in your husbands field. If not then if he is willing to get any job to tide him over and give him time to look for a job that suits he should be fine. My OH had to get a job due to me falling pregnant and not getting maternity pay. He decided that he would get any old job so we had money coming in and would then have the luxury of time to find something better, as it turned out he got the first and only job he applied for and loves it. There are jobs out there and I don't think age is as much of an issue here, just a positive attitude and some flexibility.
Hi Jenny, You are no different to the rest of us , Its a big move ,your hear different stories from all of us on pia!. There is a lot of people that came out here with a trade ,and doing something entirely different . Its is worth the attempt to try and change your life , than not try at all . Most people ive spoken to love it here, the job front is hard to start with , but there are jobs out there . Sorry wish I could wave the magic wand , all I can do is wish all on pia the best. Paul
we are prepared to work hard and enjoy a more outdoor lifestyle than here.
As you say above.....come with this attitude and it will give you a great head start in finding jobs and settling sooner.....good luck:)
Last edited by graandjac; 15-10-2009 at 09:00 AM.
Hi Jen, I definately think you have the right attitude, I wouldnt worry about your age - Im 41 & hubby 49, & we will prob only have enough money to see us through 6 mths in Adelaide, but we too our prepared to do any work at 1st, so I know we`l be ok.
Originally Posted by Jenny123
Just want to say Good Luck & just go for it.
You def have the right attitude! In my expeience, trying to find a job as you described has been harder than i thought. Im waiting for teaching reg to om through and thought that i would walk into a part time shop job quite easily...six weeks later im still looking! In that time i have been offered three jobs - all have been on a casual basis with no guarantee of hours and all required working sat and sun every week....not what i had in mind!
However, there def are jobs out there! Not sure abt your husbands trade but def jobs in retail and especially sales and promotions. Just be prepared for group interviews and lots of competition for each job.
The situation may change by the time you arrive so its worth keeping an eye on job websites like seek and careerone for an idea of how many jobs are out there.
A positive attitude will help deal with the knocks. And they will come. I know I'm one of many people here struggling to find work. ANY work. I was a teacher and community worker in the UK, all I have here is 15 hours a week leafleting at train stations and this has taken me 3 months and 40+ applications to get. It isn't enough to pay the bills. Yet others have arrived and landed a job quickly.
Originally Posted by Jenny123
A lot of it is luck. I don't want to sound negative, but you need to hear both sides of the story. Most of us are getting knocked back because we aren't Australian nor have we Aussie work experience. If you can afford it, I'd suggest working somewhere for free for a while so that you can at least get that experience and make contacts.
Adelaide employers use pretty poor recruitment methods compared to my experiences elsewhere.
Good luck, whatever you decide.
I can assure you ageism is not nearly as prevalent here as in the UK, you really should not worry on that issue,Aussies are only concerned with your ability to do the job advertised.Also your positive and realistic attitude will stand you in good stead,so i honestly do believe you will be OK here.Do not worry,plenty have come here with less than you and made a success for themselves.Just get on with things,as you always have,like the rest of us,things will turn out OK.ATB Sue.
Some people on here will say finding a job is about putting yourself out there (if you can stand up to the many rejections, which I couldn't! ) But so much of it is WHO you know, not WHAT you know, and often blind luck comes into it. It took me over two and a half years to find work, in spite of having years of teaching experience in the UK...I now do something completely different, part-time hours and for low pay, but at least it pays for my food shopping and stopped me going completely doolally!
Keep plugging away...once you have Aus. work experience on your resume, even if it's just temporary work, it will all count in your favour. Good Luck to everyone who is still searching for that elusive first Aussie job.
Not true. The fact that you CAN do the job seems to be way down the list, especially if you've done the job outside of Australia. Again I can only speak from my own experiences but when you get a rejection letter stating that despite your experience and qualifications matching the job criteria, they were able to shortlist people who 'more closely' matched them, you know you're in for the long haul.
Originally Posted by sueoc
I know of marketing execs, PAs and people who worked in finance and PR in the UK and NONE of them have found work in their own professions here despite many years of experience.
It's do-able, but it's more to do with luck than resumes.