Adam - Hi we are stuck in the middle of the 176 Cat 5 mess and have been for nearly a year now. We decided after our son was born the best thing to do while waiting would be for my wife to retrain, with the long-term goal to both be more employable in the future.
We have applied for our visa through my trade and would ideally like to get straight on a plane as soon as she is qualified.
OH - Hi I am starting a 3 year DipHe in Mental Health Nursing in September with the option to convert it into a degree in year 3.
I have a few questions that I need advice on, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
1) I am not sure whether to go ahead and convert into a degree in year 3 as this means a loss of the non-means tested bursary and that is not financially viable at this point in time. I know that without it in this country you can only reach grade 5, cannot go into mgmt, etc. The best case scenario would be to convert it into a degree later whilst working.......would I be able to do this in Oz, or what would my limitations workwise be in Oz, only with a DipHe? Or would I even be able to top up and convert my course in Oz later on whilst working?
2) Do I need to gain experience once I have qualified in this country or can I approach employers in Oz (SA - Adelaide) before qualifying to get a job as a newbie qualified nurse? Who should I contact
3) I am not sure which area of MH that I wish to specialize in as I have not tested the water yet? So would the best policy be to contact hospitals, or wait until I know what exact area that I want to work in?
Sorry for so many questions but somewhat confused