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Jane and Clive
CPV 143 - Feb 2010 Acknowledged 3rd May 2010, VISA GRANTED 3rd June, 2011, Arrived 5th October Moved to new house 18th November 2011, 2014 Living the dream!
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Yes, it is definitely worth it! As many have said already, it's not easy....if it was then many more would do it, I'm sure. I spent many a day before we came in tears worrying about whether or not it was the right decision but we've been here 4 months now and not once have I shed a tear about the decision we made. We're lucky in that we've both found good jobs very quickly (OH before we came and me since I arrived) which seems to be a rare commodity at the moment but if you work at it, you want it and you do your research then it can be everything you dreamed of and more. This website, I should add, is amazing and I've made some great friends out here already through using it!
Yes it is worth it. I'm sure other people have posted on this thread to say that it isn't easy but we wouldn't change our decision. It was stressful when we first came over as a job offer fell through for Nick so he had to start again with the job hunting and things were tight.
Our kids were welcomed at their school and have made great friends there which also helped with them settling in.
I must stress though you have to do your research before you come over and make contact with key people in organisations and keep in contact with them. Adelaide is very much who you know and being in the right place at the right time.
We're planning on moving over in Feb 2013 and from our perspective we are going into this with our eyes wide open. I have a very good job in the UK with a decent salary and a good life but I want to try something different - more importantly we feel Oz is a better option to bring up our 3 year old daughter. My wife has family over there so that will help enormously by all accounts. We have researched for a couple of years and finally got our visa in April so it's now all systems go. I'm not naive so am not expecting to walk into the same job I have in the UK, I'm prepared to start at the bottom if need be and work my way back up. I know it will be hard and it's not all looking through rose tinted spectacles but we'll give it a damn good go and if it doesn't work out so be it. I know a few people who have come over and left within a year but their attitude was all wrong - they were holding out for the right job. I'll take anything I can get to start with and move on from there. I don't want to be looking back in 10 years time and saying "what if" so we're going for it. We're sure it will be worth it...
Thanks for the great replies, and sorry for your troubles Tyke.
And Tomjonesdad (you must be very old!) that is exactly what I said to a friend today. I don't want to say, 10 years time, why didn't we give it a try.....
The only way you'll ever truly know is to experience it for yourself. This site is great for info, but we always take other peoples opinions of the place with a pinch of salt, too many variables. The economic situation when you arrive for instance plays a massive part. We have never thought of our lives in the UK since arriving last year, but it has been anything short of easy,. The OH has just chipped in, 'also depends how good your life was in the UK'. We don't do regret, so we have none, your a long time dead.
I don't like morning people...or mornings...or people.
Interesting read and it is good to see all who have posted say it is worth it. I guess at the end of the day it's YOU who has to make it work and make it worth it.
I'm just at the stage now, where I need to put the graft in to try finding a job, although we may be going at the wrong time leaving in October. Wifey and I have decided we will give it at least 2 years, by which point we will surely know if we're staying or not but in all honesty I can't see us wanting to go home at the moment. Worst case scenario is we may want to go to Perth for instance after the 2 years.
I said before I came and still believe you have to give it 2 years. You move to the other side of the world and you need to make sure before you go back. It would be more distressing to kids dragging them back and forth because you never gave it a proper go first time around.