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moving to adelaide to hopefully get a better life, hopfully making right desision on behalf of all kids involved,teens included. Jobs in adelaide for us is of upmost importance would like feed back from others that have moved and set up home possibly with older kids and feed back from teens already there. many thanks for yr time xx
Hi, we moved out to Adelaide in 2006 with a 15yr old and a 10 yr old, stayed one year then came bk to UK (long story) we intend to return early nxt yr, now my kids are 19 & 14, they cant wait, they loved adelaide. Work wise, really hard work to get the job you like but you deffo have to get out there and just apply for everything, get your face known and spread the word your looking for work, it all depends on what you do for a living also!
thanks 4 the reply , our kids well only one is the other two r young adults , they r all a bit unsure of what 2 expect as we all r but u fear 4 them more than ureself don't you we would like them to make a few friends b 4 we move , but you can't force them .
Im hoping 2 get a job b 4 we move in the trade im in but i will do anything at first , anything 2 bring the pennys in:)
Everything is here, jobs, friends, weather, plenty of things to do! You just need to be patient with some things and not expect to get into a normal life straight away. Saying that, for us it has been such a great time since we arrived, we just know the things we want will come in time, and while you are waiting just enjoy yourself, make friends and get out and about,explore and have fun, its easy here!
I have 2 teenage girls, the oldest had a few months of not trying, because she had a boyfriend back in the UK, determined to go back! He came over and not long after that they broke up(big decision) she now has a new boyfriend,still working on finding more friends(as she is working) but now staying here, this is her home! My younger daughter(14) has loved it from the start, school not great still misses her old school, she has a lot of friends and is happy. Completely enjoys life here, and so do we.
The only thing is miss about the UK, is big jars of marmite, but I have discovered Aussiemite!!!
Welcome to the forum!:)
Lots of friendly advice and support in here.
Might sound boring but have a good look back through the posts in this forum - it's a mine of info!
Use the "Search +" tab in the blue bar at the top of the page - amazing - a forum search engine that works!!
It'll keep you busy for hours.
Work wise I'd be prepared to have a bit of a wait if you are in a specialised area - could be up to six months in some cases.
Saying that you might get a job through telephone interviews before you arrive - hope you do:)
its difficult with teenagers if they are not keen to come ours now 19 and 17 have been sulking for 14 months not making any effort to enjoy what is here they miss their mates and old life but slowly things are changing they have been back to uk and some friends hope to come here next year to visit ( i am sure their friends envy the life out here) there are no jobs in uk for teenagers but here there are lots of opportunities and that is why we are here to give them the chance of a better life and give them the choice to live here or the uk when they have their own families hope they thank us one day. hope all works out for you sue
Hi. How old are the kids? I'm 21 now and we moved out to Aus a couple of years ago. We went straight to Melbourne but just moved to Adelaide last christmas. We are from South Wales. To be honest i found it really hard at first. It is a big change to make. Everything, and i mean everything.. is different. Even the people. In the first year all i wanted to do was go back home as i was missing everything, found it hard to make friends, didn't even want to make them at first as i didnt want to make an effort because i wanted to leave. But, then everything changed. As time went on, started meeting new people, and started feeling like Australia was becoming my home. I found that i was really happy. This was by far the best decision my parents ever made was bringing us out to Australia. I would never in a million years move back to Wales. You could never compare the life we all have out here compared to what we had back home. All it takes is time to adjust. I'm not sure how old your kids are, they may even be teens or young adults. But i would be happy to go out for the day/night with them and show them around the bits of Adelaide I know of and have seen in the last year since we have been here. Where are you moving from and where are you moving to? I am living in Moana Heights, always wanting to make new friends! :)
Welcome to Poms in Adelaide Forum.
I arrived as a 16 year old some 23 years a go. In all honesty I found it really difficult to settle….took about 4 years for me to stop hating the place. :-) Moving to a new country to start a new life is difficult for everyone but I think it's tougher as a teenager with all that teenage angst plus the raging hormones don't help! ;-)
I tried lots of things to meet ppl but found it difficult to make proper friends…..I knew ppl from soccer and cycling etc but things just didn't seem to click for me. I think it's because ppl have their circle of friends from school etc and it's hard to not feel like you're the outsider etc.
The above is just my experience and it's certainly not going to be the same for your kids…..some find it easy and others find it difficult and it's not always down to not making the effort. I've realised that most things come down to being in the right place at the right time….jobs…friends….luck etc…you increase your chances by getting yourself out there as much as you can. I can see this now I'm older (dunno if I'm any wiser ha ha) and most teenagers (not all) will not agree to this worldly advise ;-) It's also difficult to sell this philosophy if you're experiencing more negative experiences than positive ones.
Adelaide is a great city…..imho it really is. People are always saying it's boring! My response to this is this……Adelaide has everything (or nearly everything) you had back home…..the problem is that it's not always easy to find it…..you have to look around and do some research! The other problem is that things are often far apart….that's Australia! We have a lot of space to spread out…..that has it's advantages and disadvantages as you can well imagine. :-)
The BIGGEST bonus for new arrivals is that most of the info is only a keystroke away! You have access to so much information via the internet such as Poms in Adelaide etc which I didn't have.
If anyone ever asks my opinion about migrating to Australia then I always try and give a balanced view on my experience. I'm not going to paint a super rosey picture that things will be FANTASTIC and you won't have any problems….most ppl with even the slightest grip on reality will know that life, no matter where you are, always has ups and downs. I can safely say that the majority of new migrants (certainly not all) struggle when they first arrive…..it's perfectly natural! If you do find things more challenging than you were expecting when know that you're not alone….So many things you're not familiar with….You're sort of like a newly born baby :-) You need to learn everyhting again….it's challenging, tiring & can be frustrating!
Finally, if you do find your teenagers are struggling then I strongly advise to try and be as patient with them as you can. You may want to give them "a damn good thrashing" etc….but as I mentioned before it really is more difficult for them…..talk to them and listen to what they have to say….and I really mean LISTEN…..it may not fix their problems but it might just stop them blaming you for bringing them to this god forsaken country….I did say maybe! ;-)
welcome to POM, haven't got kids myself () but a friend who moved here 3 years ago has 3 (one 17 yr old at the time) and the older one hated it at the start, was adament that he was moving back, started saving his money 4 the plane ticket and then.......... he met a girl!!, and adelaide was suddenly a wonderful place!! lol
Originally Posted by johnboy
the 2 younger ones found it easier ( they sound all aussie now! lol)
i'm sure you'll all be fine, you have to give it a go....you may regret it if you don't!!!