Hi Guys Please help urgently
Hi we have to make the decision to come to Australia in next 2 days or it will be to late to come and we will have missed our chance, The options were Adelaide or cairns as they have to be regeonal area,s.
I am 52 years of age and wood floor polisher but it is a 2 man job for moving machines about and i have a damaged knee ,This does not stop me working as long as i have someone working alongside me, please see my website for what i do (www.profloorsanding.com ).
I also hold a coach/bus drivers license.
Here is the problem we have tried for years to get down under and have done reccys to queensland and NZ but have had the rug pulled from under our feet twice due to immigration agents not been able to keep there promises and employers pulling out due to bad experiences with other brits before we arrived.
So here we are Gina is 43 in in april 23rd and can study in a hairdressing college for 2 years and complete her course before her 45th birthday on a student visa ( course starts in CBD on 1st april )
At that point she can apply for a graduate visa then work within hairdressing for 1 year then after that apply for PR with a state sponsor.
But there are restrictions Gina will not be able to work in the first year as in college full time and i will have restrictions of been only able to work 20 hours a week.
In year 2 we will bothe be able to work 20 hours a week.
I have my own wood flooring business in UK and a nice house , but i guess it would not be wise to sell up until we have PR ( never sell up in time in this climate anyhow ) which is a very long risky route so we will have to rent for 3 years or more on very low wages (20 hours a week)
How easy do you think it would be for me to get a flooring job ,or set up on my own and what about licensing, how does one get a license, alternativly a coach driving job.
A lot of the rentals look very old fashioned compared to other areas,s of OZ so what would we have to pay a week to get a decent house without 70 style carpets and wall paper lol.
We also have a 7 year old son and one of our older daughters will be coming out for a year in the summer when she finnishes uni.
I have wanted this all my life and now the time is right , but to what risk. this is our very last chance and has to be decided in next few days.
How easy would it be to drop our son of at school and Gina get to college in CBD on the days i work, is Adelaide easy to get around , traffic etc.
Is Adelaide and the life style worth the risk, How good is Adelaide, as i think i would stuggle to find work in Cairns with what i do.
Please help look forward to your replys urgently
Kindest regards Alan & Gina
Last edited by gina&alan; 17-01-2010 at 09:45 AM.
Hey man...in my opnion Adelaide is great lots to do and see, the job is nopt too bad at the moment their tends to be more jobs by word of mouth than by adverts.
If you want something bad enough then it can be achieved, you have joines the ebst place on ther ent for friendkly advice about anything to do with Adelaide and it is all free...soome good stuff and some not so good stuff, this place has got honest people ion here who are all too happy to share, care and help out any newbies.
You HAVE to be 100% for the move any doubts can multipy themselves 100 fold...come with a blank canvas and a new set of crayones to draw your new picture....
Welcome to the site and just ask ask and ask some more..she be right as they say over here...
there seems to be plenty of work about at the minute.working for yourself might be tricky though.also see loads of vacancies for hairdressers
Oh hell - you've not got much time left for a decision, have you?
I've always been a two-feet-first kind of a person, and whilst I've often had reason to regret the results of my actions, I have never once regretted the actions themselves. Life is very short etc etc..... ;) It seems to me that if you want something bad enough, then you've got to give it a go or spend the rest of your life what-if-ing. BUT (and there always is one...) - leave yourselves a way to get back if it doesn't work out, and it sounds like you'll be doing that by not selling up in the short term.
I don't usually respond to this sort of post, because it's very personal to each individual, but your situation is pretty unique.....
Only you can decide ultimately - I know what I'd do, but it might not be the right thing for you.
Good luck on your decision. X
Hi there, God what a dilemma, I definatley agree with previous posts, its ultimatley your decision, no one can make it for you, couple of things you may want to consider, can someone keep your business in the UK going for a while? and yes I would rent your house out 1st to see if you even settle in Adelaide, also money is a biggy, if you can cut your cloth accordingly & live within your means you will be fine. Getting your son to school etc, well I used to work for adelaide metro & their trains/buses & trams are great, they have a good telephone helpline and cheap tickets system for you.
you have to ask yourself if you are brave enough to give it ago, or are you happy with your decision to stay in the UK.
G'day Alan and Gina.
You cant work here as a bus / coach driver until you resit your test and get your accreitation as the UK bus or truck licence is not valid here plus you need to have a PR visa to drive public transport as well.
On the up side companys like Torrens Transit, Southlink and transitPlus will employ and train you up to get your licence once you have got your PR visa but you are roped in for 12 months and all bus companys are screaming out for drivers so work wont be a problem.
Thanks very much for taking the time to reply,
We to are feet first type or people but we made a terrible financial booboo in spain a few years ago and due to injury could not afford to cover the spanish morgage and had it reppossed this year losing our life savings, this is why we need to be very careful with choices now.
But we want to put it all behind us and give our kids a good chance of life , where we can do outdoor activities as a family and not been stuck in all our spare time, decisions decisions,
Many thanks Alan
Last edited by gina&alan; 17-01-2010 at 12:04 PM.
I came over at 40 - now 51 and blooming loving it......came feet and whatever else was attached first.
But we had built up with a plan before we did this.
Really can't advise whixh way to jump - BUT - good luck with your decision!!!!:):)
I do meet/ know a lot of people who say things happened because they were "Meant to be" ? hope you are one of those.
I Guess that put that out of the options then, you have to have PR before you can drive a public vehicle and resit test, never do it will be 3 years befor we can apply for PR and i have not driven a coach in 9 years, not that a couple of hours behind the wheel wont put right , just did not realize about pr, what sort of wages / hourly rates do drivers get,
Many thanks Alan
Last edited by gina&alan; 17-01-2010 at 12:15 PM.
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Originally Posted by gina&alan
good luck with making ur decision, i know it can't be an easy one!
i know it's changing the subject but where in solihull are you from?, i lived just down the road in sheldon, on brays road near the bp garage (on the coventry rd)
i hope ur plans go well