Hi, I'm 36 at the moment with husband and 6 children. We are not planning on leaving for at least 5 years time, just getting all the info we need together now for qualifications. I was about to start a counselling degree, but have been told that counsellors are ten a penny in Oz and we will not get a visa based on this career. So after looking into this I have decided to swap to a psychology degree. I will have at time of leaving a degree in Health and Social Care, a degree in Psychology, a diploma in Counselling, a diploma in Psychotherapy, a diploma in Hypnotherapy and be a certified life coach. I will have experience in being a support worker, 4 years paid experience in Hypnotherapy, 4 years paid experience in Counselling, unsure about the Psychology as I haven't begun the course yet, however there is a guaranteed paid work placement for 1 year at the end of the 3 year degree.
My eldest son will be a qualified electrician, however he is currently doing a diploma in Public Services with a view to becoming a police officer on completion of his course (that's where his passion lays). We know he couldn't apply to become a police officer over there until he gained permanent residency, so he would more than likely fall back on the electrics until he was fully settled. However, we have also been told that Australia is not keen to employ UK police for their force, has anyone any views on this?
My eldest daughter will be a fully qualified primary teacher by the time we leave. She will be working in a nursery to fund her degree for the 3 years. As with my career, not sure as to the work experience in her chosen path as she hasn't gained her degree yet. She would be happy to work in a school, nursery, as a nanny, etc.
My younger son will be in his swap over year from A levels to Uni
My 3 younger daughters will all be of school age, approx 5, 9, 13.
My Husband is older than myself, currently 61, so unsure of how his visa will work, will he be on mine or need one of his own?
We have spoken to emigration agents, who have given us VERY mixed responses. Also tried another forum, who too had mixed responses from keep trying to give up now.
We don't really want to be apart as a family for any length of time, so we would ideally be putting in our visa's so that they would be (hopefully) approved very close together, then either those that have, could wait a short while and we go over together, or those that have could go over and set things up for the rest.
Anyone know of any situations similar? I was becoming disheartened, but as they say, where there's a will, there's a way!