| || |
I agree with your Nan! As a new migrant you need to be able to step outside of your comfort zone and like your Nan used to say if you don't ask you don't get. The Aussies are usually very friendly and will help you out, but if you take the p*ss you often won't get a second chance. I know migrants that have burnt their bridges with employers (and they often have no idea what they have done!) because they don't understand the way things work over here.
While you are over I would recommend getting The Advertiser on a Saturday and checking out the job supplement.
I take in board the p*ss taking bit, I totally understand. I have employed a few electricians in my time and had it taken out of me a few times, needless to say word gets about fast. Any way it's not in my nature.
I will.look at the advertiser when we are over thanks for the tip.
What's your story Jessica, are you from the UK if so how has your experience been?
Shaun & Karina
Yes I am from the UK, we have been here almost 7 years now. My OH works in IT so we came as a result of his skills. We sold up in the UK, our property, all the furniture, took the equity and ran! We arrived in Adelaide with 3 suitcases and 2 holdalls (basically our clothes and shoes), with nowhere to live, no jobs and not knowing anyone in Adelaide and got stuck in! We have had a few ups and downs along the way, probably no different to most people, but we feel we have a good life here and we still think Adelaide has plenty to offer people. It isn't for everyone and I think some people come with unrealistic expectations about life in Adelaide/Australia and then can be disappointed. I am not sure whether programs like Wanted Down Under help or hinder in this process! I was also talking to a couple not long ago that were over on a reccie and I was very concerned about the information they had been given at a migration seminar in the UK about the availability of jobs in their sector and also the salaries they were told they were going to earn, which in my experience and knowledge of the Adelaide job market was wildly inaccurate.
Last edited by Jessica Berry; 01-02-2014 at 05:34 PM.
Yes I do agree with your point of view on the tv programs in the uk. They do seem to fluff it up a bit and make it look like you have more play than work.
This will be our second visit in 3 years and I came out about 20 years ago with my parents so I know Adelaide reasonably well.
I have relatives and some friends so wont feel quite as isolated as you guys did.
Myself and my wife have a pretty good work ethic so as long as we get a chance I'm sure we will be fine. Both of us have some really good friends so that will be hard to leave behind.
We have already sold our house and currently are living in a rental so other than getting the kids through their school year and me striking a deal with my buisiness we are good to go.
Thanks for your reply
Shaun & Karina
when you get back would be interested to hear how it went there, I'm also an electrician starting on that long road, got my ielts next week and would really like some info as to what it is like on the ground there. Hope you and the family had a nice time
Well or reccie went really well and we drove around and around so much we forgot where we had been the day before.
The beaches are fantastic, the people we met were friendly and the weather was great. (Although it did absolutely throw it down the first day and flooded parts of the city)
I was introduced to a local electrician and we chatted about work in Adelaide, he was from the UK and has been there 7 years. He said there are plenty of opportunities for work but you have to jump through all the hoops first. Do the gap training and get your restricted licence, find an employer who is willing to take you on and see you through to getting your full licence. This is the hard bit as he said that there has been so many times were UK or other electricians have been taken on by employers and for one reason or another they have let them down and left. I'm sure there are many people who have not done this but it seems that you will really need to sell yourself to your potential employer and give them confidence in you.
We looked at houses and found that the further you went south the newer the areas with more modern looking properties. We would like a more modern open plan type bungalow Sheidow park and Hallet cove area seemed to fit the bill. There are more areas further south like Aldinga but we felt it was little to far from the city area.
Finding an area that you are happy with is a personal choice and we all have different views and opinions, from what we experienced the newer suburbs are clean, modern and well
Spaced but lacked character (not sure if that's true as we didn't live there, just how it looked).
We stayed near the city in Unley, it was a great location for our visit but probably not where we would chose to live.
Any way I hope this helps I've never done this before, I welcome any comments and good luck to all who are starting their adventure.
Great post Shaun. Glad you enjoyed your time here.
Just wondering whether you looked North, East or West or just concentrated on the South? There are many modern suburbs that are closer in, for example
Mawson Lakes, http://www.mawsonlakesliving.info/
Lochiel Park http://www.lochielpark.com.au/lochielpark/
St Clair, http://stclair.net.au/
I think these are all within 13km of the CBD. Of course prices are a bit higher due to the central location. There are many pockets like this around Adelaide, where land use has changed into housing and new developments are springing up.
In Adelaide, most houses built since the 80s have open plan living and many older properties have been renovated to this style.
If you love the areas you have seen that is great, this is just adding extra information for others.
That's good info for us I can only comment on what we have seen, we only had 2 weeks so couldn't go to all areas.