Thanks so much for taking the trouble to give us all that info on the "telecom" situ!We were all definately mislead into thinking that they actually wanted Telecom Guys out there and that it would be so straight forward getting work!Does make us very unsettled this end (has done for a while) as hubby has done nothing else but Telecom for the last 20 years!Yes life sounds great out there and i know 100% better for the kids lifestyle and future etc..but a huge decision still at the end of the day to give up a secure,well paid permanent job here and a nice home and leave behind lots of great friends and family!A few will be saying now "stop moaning and just make a decision and stick to it".Which would be so right but i'm having lots of wobbly days lately(more than i would like).We have got this far but when you get the facts and reality kicks in i can't help worrying if moving to Adelaide is the right move for us.
Originally Posted by tiger fan
We seem to be giving so much up here to go to the other side of the world (which is no doubt a fantastic place)but to maybe struggle and be so much worse off than we are here in the UK.
Everybody's reasons for wanting to go are very similar but everybody's situations are so different and making such a huge move is going to be the best thing ever for a lot of people but it's not for everybody.That is why some settle but some come back(and some back out before giving it a go)
God i am having a really wobbly day!sorry to burden you all!
Hi As you know my hubby is a Telecom Engineer doing D & E side copper jointing!Is this similar to what your OH does?As we know getting into Telecom over in Adelaide is not as easy as we thought.Obviously your OH has decided to not give up and is going for relevant cabling course and getting accredited.I take it he wouldn't be going down this route if there was little hope of employment at the end of it?Will this guarantee him a job doing Telecom over in Oz?Obviously he's not doing this kind of work yet but does he have any idea yet if he could get into it that it would be a decent paying salary.
Would you be so kind to put my mind at rest as i'm having too many wobbly days and need to get back to thinking positive again.please PM us by all means as i want to stop being so negative.If only we could all go out and never work again!
We have been here nearly 2 years now. I worked in the UK as a Data Comms Engineer doing internal, external and all types of communication work. Sorry this is going to be a long one but thought I'd relay my story so far!
I managed to get a job before wwe came through the internet with a small telecoms company in Adelaide. I joined them and did my open course during the first month. I was not paid whilst doing the course and the course was at my own cost. You are however able to claim a lot of it back through the Training Board (which you have to register with first) and also through your tax return. I was getting $17 an hour when not on site and $19 when I was on site. Similar sort of work to what I was doing int he UK but majority of the time I was working on my own. It soon became obvious that we weren't going to be able to live on this wage as my other half wasn't working as we have a young son. I then managed to get a job advertised in the paper with another company. I have been working there now for a year. I get paid $22 an hour. I have been working for the past 6 months with someone else which has made the job easier. I came over here with probably the misconception of thinking that working here would be a doddle. That everyone would be relaxed and there would be no real pressure. But both the companies I have worked for have been made up predominantly of English people. Not sure if it was the English bringing their work ethic with them or what but I have been under more pressure here than I ever was in the UK. I have been told that the reason there aren't hardly any Australians working for these companies is because they won't put up with the wages or the way you are treated. When I first started my Manager told me I would do well to last a year there! The wages also just aren't enough. Actually that's probably not true, they are enough just to get by but certainly not for any luxuries like eating out and don't cover the mortgage.
I have now been looking around for something else for some time but just can't find anything. I have now decided to go it alone and start sub-contracting for Telstra. To enable me to do this I have to go on a course which is going to cost me about $3,000. Tiger Fan mentioned in her post that her husband is doing a course with 2 others in March and I am one of those others! We are sincerely hoping that doing the course and sub-contracting will be the answer to making our financial lives here that much easier but only time will tell.
I am so sorry if this sounds negative, this is just my story, my experiences and my opinions. Perhaps there are jobs out there that I just haven't come across and also like I said my wife doesn't work so we only have 1 wage coming in.
Good luck to everyone coming out here, if you get the right job with the right company, life can be great! Feel free to PM if anyone has any specific questions or wants to know companies to avoid!!!
to all bt engineers
Hi all after reading all your post i am curious how you are all doing, looking at the dates on your threads i presume you are all out there now and working. My OH is a little apprehensive about the move as he really enjoys his job and would like to keep in this field,(BT engineer) any advice or help would be much appreciated.
Same boat !!
Hi Tiger Fan. Good luck with the wedding..... I took release from the Global Services Project Management area of BT in December and hope to hear about our VE 176 visas in the next couple of months....all fingers are well and truly crossed. Although they say you shouldn't make any major decisions prior to getting the visa confirmed, the thought of staying there until 65 was too much to contemplate !!! I have put out a few feelers and will let you know if I hear anything.
As has been said previously, opportunities are few and far between but there are a number of other providers in the area i.e. Optus. Happy hunting but I think it will be easier once we are there ....
Hi to all BT engineers
Just wondering how the work situation is in Adelaide re telecomms jobs. We are not expecting to get our visa until the end of 2009, however we are one of the lucky ones in the UK who have managed to sell our house and make some money to bring! Also our visa is for permanent residency .but the thought of coming out without OH having a job scares the life out of me. We are aware of the courses and licence he has to get, and by reading previous posts it looks like he may have to go self employed but if thats what he has to do to get started, then so be it. We are prepared to do anything, absolutely anything to make this work.
If anyone could spare a moment with any advice, we would be really grateful.