getting a job before you arrive is a great idea, but unless you are lucky or in a highly skilled and sort after job you need a bit of luck to get a job from the UK.
Most employers in the building industry for example that I worked in untill recently get phone calls and emails from people all the time from all over the world asking for work or sponsorship and although some do sponsor most will just say conntact me when you get here as they can't plan their business around people who expect to arrive in 3, 5, 7 months time. I have heard of several people, one I have spoken to myself who were told by employers, yes we have plenty of work for you, you can start as soon as you arrive only when they arrive are told, we did have vacancies when you asked but they have been filled or sorry things have slowed down.
If you can get a firm job offer before you arrive thats great, but for most people all they can do is lots and lots of reserch, contact as many employers as possible so they understand the work, pay , conditons, and licencing ect, and come prepared for anything and expecting to work hard.
my advice is to bring as much as you can, both me and my husband worked incredibley hard before we left the uk and lived on a very tight budget for 12 months. We have been here a month now and all we have done is spend money. Hubby starts work soon so hopefully the pot will start filing up again.
I'd have to say bring as much as you can - it does help!
For at least the first 6 months money just seems to run through your hand like water.
But you are replacing the life and goods you had in the UK.
6 months - more than 12 I'd say.
Originally Posted by Tyke
I'm so glad we paid the money to have our stuff from the uk shipped over . I dread to think how much it would have cost us if we hadn't.
With both of us not working for 2 months we found quickly that we were getting through money like we were playing a game of monopoly.
It certainly does give you a reality check.
Especially when you get your first ozzie pay packet!
Wow you lot are rich.
We will be arriving in Adelaide with the shirts on our backs and enough money for a few months rent, but for the first time ever debt free. We are prepared to struggle. We have done it all our lives so far and can't see why Adelaide should be any different. We will ship everything over so shouldn't need to spend too much. The one thing we can do is for Tracey to secure a job before we leave.
I wouldn't worry over money. So long as you can keep a roof over your head and food in your belly then no worries. Once you are established (in work, kids in school, place to live, etc) then you can start to enjoy your new life. Think of and treat it, all as an adventure rather than a just a move. Its gonna be a challenge, and a fun one at that. Don't fret over how little cash you are taking over because I can guarentee you will be taking over more than us and we aren't worried even with four young children in tow.
I must say its nice to see someone else who isn't going over with much. I will hopefully be able to save about £8000 though as i will be moving in with my parents soon. I was worried that wouldn't be enough but i do have the security of a job when i get there so i should be thankful for that.
Originally Posted by Django
i thought the same thing 'wow, everyone is rather rich'
all i want to take is enough to cover the rent for the first 9 months at least.
that should give us enough time to get a job for OH (fingers crossed) - especially since he'll have to get his licence first!!!
i won't even think of a car just yet untill i am sure we can actually afford it!
but just like you pete, we like the nice things but we don't really need them.
and the whole reason for us to move around the world is to get a different life to the one we have now
cheers pete, after sale of house and pay off everything we will only land in oz with about 10 grand , im 38 and will be taking a mortgage out, we are prepared for hard work too, but a better life to relax in. by the time payed for migration agents and shipping and taking dog, and medicals and visas and flights your talking 10 grand there , but we know we will be much happier in oz, people who can afford to buy a house out right please dont worry about money, lol phil by the way, im a bricklayer too
is it also true that if you bring more than $10,00 you have to declare it
yes, when you have it on you while entering oz.
just transfer it via your bank ;)