Thank you niajp
Thank you niajp
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If you are keen to not move around too much, I would look at both the costs of renting and buying before choosing and try (though its hard) to work out what you maybe able to stretch too. Part of our issue was renting near Henley Beach (lovely area) but after a year we wanted our own place and there was no chance of buying a place there of the size we wanted (3 kiddies). We did look at prices first but just didn't think through the longer plan as much as we could have. That entailed another move, which was cool as we love McLaren Vale (you get the closeness to the beach, the countryside plus that town feel) but it was a whole big change on top of another change - I think we could have down without it and it was another change for the kiddies. Just part of our learning experience.
"Don't stare at it for too long.....you'll go mad".
Our eldest will be 18 in July and wants to join the police force
You'd have to check it out, but I think you need to be an Australian Citizen to join the police force.
Ken - Painter & Decorator, Wendy - Office admin, Cate (16) Nicki (15)
Time-served Painter & Decorator, over 30 years experience
Thank you I'll definetly have to check this out.
I have got several friends that moved here from UK & several people that started working for me soon after arriving in OZ.
The various stories that they have told me lead me to believe that the keys are all on this site, its just a matter of finding them.
It seems that the most important are:
1. Get a holiday rental if you need accommodation as soon as you arrive (they are fully furnished etc & are a lot cheaper than some of the other short term rentals)
2. Find a place to settle that is close to most things for the kids eg sports grounds, dance classes, school(s) etc this will help the kids settle quicker & easier.
3. Most work places would be less than an hour from hallett cove, aberfoyle park etc & after recent upgrades our public transport systems are reasonably good as well.
4. Research any qualifications that you may need to get in OZ to work in your chosen field, sometimes it seems that the government here use things like this as a money grabbing opportunity.
For example, I know 3 people that were plumbers in UK, to do courses etc in OZ so they can get a plumbing license here was going to cost between $4000 - $9000 so they are all working in different industries now because they didnt want to or couldnt afford to pay the money and couldnt spare the time to do all the study when they needed to be earning to support their families.
That being said, its not all doom & gloom, these three guys have all been here between 2 & 8 years and love it.
We are going through the same process at the moment even though we have been to adelaide before. We are due to touch down in august as well but haven't got a rental as yet.
Zebedee is spot on you have to look at the prices of the properties before you chose an area to rent (presuming that you want to buy later). We do like the hallet cove area it's not every bodies cup of tea but It ticked a lot of boxes for us.
We have 3 children 18 16 12, funny but our 16 year old wants to be in the police.
Some friends of ours moved out 4 years ago and have kids of a similar age to yours and they live in Woodcroft and love it there, they say the school and area is great. There kids are involved with loads of clubs, wherever you settle this is a place for the kids.
We loved it there and can't wait to get started with our new lives.
Casual -You touched on the retraining that tradies have to do, being an electrician myself and having worked for myself for some years, now I am thinking that it could be time to try something else.
I am looking to carry out the gap training which I'm sure I can do but the hurdle may be getting a company to baby sit me through the process. Yet another challenge me thinks.
What jobs did your plumber colleges opt for in the end?
One of the plumbers is now a general maintenance person (painting, plastering, carpentry, tiling etc I think similar to what you guys call a kitchen fitter???) and the others are working in cabinet making factories.
I was speaking to an electrician the other day that told me, for him to get his license here, he had to pay out over $2000 and had to "dumb down" to pass the test.
Apparently our electrical is a lot different to yours.
You probably would struggle to get a job in electrical until you are licensed but no reason why you couldnt get a job in maintenance/building etc, unlike aussies, you guys seem to do anything that you are capable of doing, whereas aussies (painful for me to say) have the one man one job attitude.
Be prepared but dont over think things, you'll be OK.
That's pretty much what a sparky told me in February when we were over to activate our Vesa's.
I was thinking that maybe maintenance would a good options for me, I use to be a welder and fabricater building truck bodies before being an electrician.
Thanks for your response and I'll try not to over think it.
Sorry Bayfords for taking the thread off course a little
I got chatting to a pom in Adelaide once who came round to read our water meter. He was a tradie in the UK and decided he didn't want to do all the retraining when he came over and fancied a change. He really enjoyed his new job and being out and about in the sunshine.
I meet plenty of people (migrants and Aussies) who change career or have multiple skill sets. I think if people are open to new opportunities, can adapt and look at the bigger picture it increases your chances of staying more employable in the long term. I have worked in many different industries and some roles that I didn't have direct experience of in the UK, but this now gives me different skill sets, so if one area of work dries up I can target another area.