Design jobs and developer jobs
We have literally just joined this forum based on reading your plea for help! We completely understand how you feel and your frustration and panic. We emigrated in November and were told that not much happens on the job front around the christmas period - a bit of an understatement!
I am a graphic designer and Wayne is a web developer, so back home we had our own business.
I am trying to keep some contacts in the uk to do work for but again not sure if this allowed on the 495 visa.
There are very few jobs advertised for either of us - maybe we should start a print and web design company here and make a difference!!!!
Because the vacancies are not necessarily in Adelaide!
Originally Posted by BJF
I think of all the threads I have read (I read, but don't often post!), this has got to be one of the most useful. IMHO.
I'm not sure if the government deliberately mis-lead people or not, but I think it is useful to consider whether 'your' job exists where you want it to (ie. CBD, further out or way, way out!), whether the wage is what you need it to be, and whether your qualifications will hold good when you arrive.
Originally Posted by Lazy Cow
I can see what you're saying - I would have thought that through skills assessment that my qualifications would mean something here - and I have searched all of SA with no jobs coming up - so it is a difficult one. I just presumed that as there was 'a shortage' that there would be enough jobs to go around for everyone. I wonder how a profession qualifies to go on the 'shortage' list! Would love to know how it all works! I spoke to a lady the other day who used to work in skills recognition and she said she because frustrated with the fact that she was unable to help people because of the lack of jobs available. All she could do was 'wish me luck' Also the other day I heard a girl who called up the radio station saying that she was studying graphic design at university - but most people had dropped out as they discovered there weren't any design jobs going in Adelaide. I feel mislead!
This is South australian immigration I am afraid! You are not the first and wont be the last! I know someone on SIR visa as a gasfitter, he couldnt get a job as one when he arrived as you also need to be a plumber in most cases! Fortunatly for him the SIR changed and he didnt have to work in the trade he come on. He wasnt the only one and gas fitter isnt the only trade. In my trade, hairdressing, there are loads of jobs, but most of them are part time and casual, ie when the salon wants you!
Originally Posted by jomasey
As I mentioned earlier decent graphic design and advertising isnt high on the list for businesses here, they would rather do it them selves on publisher!
Good luck again,
hi i am a graphic designer in the uk , i am a partner in a small agency and hoping to start applications pretty soon, is it really that bad ?
How much is the wage for a GD is it enough to live on, if you cant get a job what are you doing now?
Do you think it is just a matter of time before attitudes change and the industry starts to catch up with the rest of the world?
i am a little worried by this now
Originally Posted by skellysgirl
I don't want to put you off making your application as you may find things to be different, but I also don't want you to think that there are a lot of work oppotunities here. I am working at the moment - but it was difficult to get the job and it is not a good job. I am designing yellow pages adverts!! I am degree qualified with 11 years experience - so you can imagine how I feel. I was working for myself in London and I was successful - so it is frustrating! I am getting 54k AUD - which I am told is a good wage for the job I am doing. I suppose it is enough to live on (but only because my partner is earning too) - but I have a big mortgage so I struggle (but that is my choice I suppose - as we could rent). It all depends on how much you want to live in OZ. I am planning to try and stick it out for 2 years and then move to Sydney where there are loads of design jobs. Another idea is to become self employed in Adelaide as there is plenty of work - but you would have to go and find your own clients (I am considering this as I have found out that on my visa I can be self employed as long as I work 30hrs a week). There are options - but you must expect to struggle - it is not as easy as getting jobs in the UK. Another thing is that if you can do web design - you will have more chance of getting a job - so if you don't do web you could consider training in it now - so you are ready when you get to Adelaide? Also log onto www.seek.com.au and search for design jobs in Adelaide - you can get alerts sent to your email - and you will be able to judge from there to whether you think there are the type of jobs you want and to see how often they come around - that may help with your decision? Also if you are thinking of moving - maybe contact companies before you arrive. What ever you decide I really wish you all the best and if you need any other info - just let me know. Good luck with it all :)
I have just been contacting agencies direct and so far they have been interested!! I do worry though that once i get out there the jobs will no longer be there or i will have to travel. (Occupational Therapist)
I wonder if these expos are any good for making contacts with employers!