I am Dave (29) and will be arriving in October '13 with my gf Orla (27). I'm originally from West Yorkshire but lived in Birmingham and London during the last 5 years. Orla is originally from Dublin but has been in England for the last 3.5 years.
Have been browsing through the threads and its good to hear of the experiences of others moving to Adelaide. Particularly reassured to hear of the nervousness people had before coming about finding work/settling in etc but they found with the right attitude and approach that seems to quickly fade away. Some of the posts brought a knowing smile to my face - particularly the one about friends and colleagues at home seeming puzzled about choosing Adelaide - I have had that ALOT too! I note that these people have almost always never visited Adelaide! I lived/traveled in Aus for about 10 months in 2007 and spent about a week in Adelaide and was very impressed - certainly the most understated city (by most people) in the country as far as I can see!
I work in HR and nervous about finding work in a reasonably quick time frame when I arrive. Understandably the recruiters at the migration events in the UK are focused on the most directly transferable professions such as Nurses, Skilled Trades, Teachers, Engineers etc but found with HR it is harder to come across any promising leads for work - any pointers on this from anyone would be really useful. My gf is a Peads. Nurse and was told by a recruiter at an event in Birmingham they would have her in work as soon as she was ready to work - apparently Adelaide is particularly short of Paeds Nurses?
Would love to attend a meet up when we arrive to chat to people if that's ok. Its always great to talk to people that will have encountered the same problems that you are going/likely to be going through when migrating. Hope I can help others further down the line too!
All the best