As you may be well aware of the fact that I have recently been awarded a security operations certificate (I have applied and waiting for the license itself) it has opened up new windows of opportunity for me. I would've loved to continue or pursue a career in marketing (my area of expertise and the reason I was granted a visa in the first place) but we all know that sometimes we have to sacrifice our wishes, at least for a while in order to make a home out of Australia.
I have also started taking CERT III in business classes with ETS and they are government funded so I'm not paying anything for the courses. People if you have 475 SS visas like I do you can sign up with them as well. I am doing this for the sake of obtaining another Aussie qualification. It's also a great way to meet like-minded people and to expand your work network. Yesterday during class we were discussing workforce diversity and people asked me what I thought about the subject. I told them my story and during one of our breaks a manager at one of the biggest pub groups in the state told me that he might be able to get me a job as a pub manager in the city.
My advice to fellow migrants whether newly arrived or on a quest to employment is not to sit idle and dwell on issues that won't put you in the spotlight but to take action and give it your best shot. It is definitely worth it even if it doesn't look that way at the start. I am trying my best and so should you. If it doesn't work out, then I'll move on to Melbourne or some place else.
I hope this note helps someone out there and if you have any questions or want ETS's contact details simply drop a line here or pm me.