I've been lurking around on this site for a while but never really took the opportunity to post, but now we have finally secured our 190 Visas just before Christmas and are coming over on a reccie on 3rd April for a couple of weeks, it felt like the right time to start to reach out to people.
We comprises of me (42), OH (43) and 2 daughters 4 & 8. Our initial intention was to make the move this year, but family illness means that this will now more likely be early 2015 but we want to move over and have a look around and get a feel for Adelaide
When we come over we want to do sort of our own "wanted down under"; look at some properties, meet up with some local employers and hopefully meet up with a family or 2 who have already made the move for some words of wisdom.
Regarding jobs, I'm currently an HR Manager and hubby is in Transport and logistics as a General Transport Manager. We're certainly not of the opinion we are going to walk in to jobs and anticipate this as being one of our biggest challenges so the first thing we are keen to understand is which qualifications/skills are recognised and which ones do we need to brush up on so of there is anyone out there who knows what qualifications a Transport Manager needs in Oz particularly from a compliance perspective or could point us in the direction of someone who would be happy to talk to us when we visit that would be a great start. We're both open to career moves if it means securing employment - we both have training qualifications and I've worked in adult education as well.
Fortunately we have been used to moving around after spending over 10 years in and married to the armed forces! Starting from scratch, for me at least, is something which doesn't worry me quite as much as it worries my OH!
I would welcome any thoughts on "must dos" whilst we out in Adelaide as we can't continually drag the girls round houses and supermarkets etc all day! Also, if anyone would be happy to meet up when we come over who can share their experiences, it would be lovely to get together.
We're going to be staying in Glenelg so everywhere is fairly accessible. Regarding places to live, we have discussed this and as we say, it will be dependant on where we secure employment, so my thinking at this stage was to explore the north east, north west (although this seems to be the pricier area), Mount Barker and Hidden Valley/ Aberfoyle Park areas. Being close to the beach is not a major draw so from those who live on the eastern side of Adelaide, where is a good base for families with good primary feeder schools and with good routes in to the CBD?
Thanks for listening to my ramblings and I can't wait to get some replies.....April is fast approaching and we need to get ourselves organised!!