I havent got it yet mind!!
I havent got it yet mind!!
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I would have thought the same. We spend so much time indoors because its cold and damp. I imagine more sport and outdoor life. We both get little pleasure from the cold. Its almost August here and its still on average 14 degrees every day. Its actually depressing as we spend all winter looking forward to summer and it doesn't actually arrive or if it does its for a month tops. I know we can't eat the sun as another posted said and it often gets too hot but it certainly makes the simple pleasures in life a whole lot better.
The job market in Adelaide is pretty bad right now, generally. Though I don't know about your specific area. I'm from an IT background and I've been looking for 10 months. A mate has got me some casual work, a day here, a day there, but that's it. It's hard to get low skilled work just to get by on, because everyone is after that kind of work.
Which is a shame, because Adelaide is great city to live in. It's a good size, not too big, not too small. Beautiful hills on one side, great beaches on the other. I have experience of all the Australian state capitals from being here on a working holiday visa many years ago, and I reckon Adelaide is the nicest place to live and raise a family. There might not be as many 'attractions' to visit with kids as back in the UK (where I'm from), but the outdoor activities you can do are limitless. Swimming, cycling, kayaking, bush walking, fishing, whatever. Doing outdoor stuff was what I liked most as a kid. You visited 'attractions' just to get yourself out of the rain. So what if there's no Blackpool Pleasure Beach, you can actually swim in the sea here.
It's possible to live fairly cheaply. I'm paying $290 a week for a three bedroom house in a reasonable suburb, 20 min walk from the tram that runs between the bay and the city centre. Groceries tend to be more expensive than the UK, in theory, but it's possible to find special offers all the time, so in reality, not really more expensive in my experience. Petrol is about half the price, if you shop around. Utilities, kind of similar to the UK. Houses here are really badly insulated. My house is anyway. It's freezing right now. I expect my electric bill will be large this quarter.
In conclusion, Adelaide is, theoretically, an awesome place to live, in my opinion, but the job market is terrible. It's driving me nuts. I got sponsored by SA, so I'm supposed to live here for two years. If I can't get a job before too long, I'll have to see about looking in Melbourne or something. Which I don't want to do, as I don't really want to live in Melbourne. I want to live in Sydney less than Melbourne. And I want to go back to the UK even less than that.
With the job market like it is, and being a single mother, I think you'd be taking a really big risk coming to Adelaide right now. You could blow through $25k pretty quick just setting yourself up. If you get a PR visa, one like mine anyway, you've got a year to get here to validate it, and another four years in which you can come and go as you please, after which you can't get back in, if you leave. If you're really set on Australia, and it has to be Adelaide, I'd advise, getting your visa, then start applying for jobs from Ireland. Before the first year runs out, fly over on a three week 'fact finding' trip/holiday, validate your visa, then fly back. You've then got 4 more years in which you could keep applying for jobs in SA, save money, get some more skills and job experience, and hopefully the job market will pick up in that time.
No harm in getting the visa anyway. I used an agent. Money well spent in my opinion. Took the sting out of it, and helped me avoid some pit falls I would have fallen into otherwise.
I hope it all works out!
To put it into context as to why I am considering uprooting ourselves from what is a comfortable life:
My Sister is in Sydney so even if I give it a go in Adelaide I really would hope to move there after a while.
My sons Grandparents live there as well and are amazing and visit us every second year in Ireland but they are getting older now. We also go back and forth and it is the highlight of our year.
Both my parents have passed so we have most of our close family in Oz.
I could also earn a very good wage there and support ourselves, although a step down from the detached house in the countryside I have now to a 2 bed unit in the suburbs (but Northern Suburbs at least:). I did live in Sydney for 3 years from 96-99, an age ago but I am aware of current rental rates.
I feel Australia would offer my son many more options in all areas of life and more contact with family. He is already a high achiever (top 2% in English and Maths) so I think he could have a very successful life in Oz. Not that academia is everything, he has an awesome personality as well and is emotionally intelligent beyond his years.
So, thats why I want to move to OZ!
Moving to Oz is quite a different thing to moving to adelaide, The eastern seaboard has effectively the two largest cities and thus the largest market in financial services, IT, innovation and corporates, they have invested in infrastructure, training and a capability to grow, not all of it great, but at least they have had the vision some decades back to commence. Adelaide and SA sadly, for whatever smug reason you'll here whispered by the royal adelaidians, did not. They are now paying for that lack of vision terribly and they (the state government and indeed Adelaide Businesses , are quiet clearly spooked, they have run out of options, ) The influx of immigrants (i.e. we need more people) is really akin to trench warfare, the first number of waves will fail, spend their money and leave disenchanted, this cycle will go on for a number of years until SA pulls itself out of the mire it is in, but this will take a half a decade or more, so we are realistically looking at 2020, or indeed 2022, can you survive on a low income earning basic wage until that happens ? I could not, we left before we bled out in financial terms, and we're doing Ok here in the UK with the deposit we saved.
I simply weep for people who don't have the option and chose adelaide as a final destination, they have clearly been sold a lie.
My advice for you and your boy is to try sydney, we lived there for 8 years and it was superb, we tried adelaide for 3 and it almost financially broke us, additionally , the variation in competence you will see amongst school teachers is vast, some are great, some should retire, if your boy is bright , he will strruggle with the "presentee-ism" teachers, and thive with the good ones, keep a careful watch, he's at the teen critical years (I know, I've a 7, 11 and 13 year old) and we pulled them from a number of schools until we decided to go private, still did not protect the younger ones from incompetence
Left Adelaide in 2015, and loving it, working again, who would have thought!!!
You're welcome. If your sister and other family are in Sydney, I would go there over Adelaide. It would just be easier with their support, and with a much better job situation. You could have a theoretically better life style in Adelaide, with a bigger house, nearer to the beach, but only if you can score an elusive job. If you can't actually see your family because they're an 8 hour drive away, you might wonder why you bothered moving.
I also uprooted myself from a comfortable life. I don't regret it. Yet. Every action has a risk attached. Doing nothing has a risk attached. Personally I think the UK is in a lot of trouble and the Eurozone is in even more trouble. I wanted to get out before the whole thing implodes. I thought, and still think, Australia offers a better future for my kids.
There isn't a major economy that doesn't have a rocky road ahead, Australia included. To be in Adelaide right now is kind of like having jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. Ultimately, you just have to make the best decision you can, with the information you have available.
I would say that you have to be careful that someone's personal experience and opinion of their time in Adelaide doesn't mean that you will have the same experiences. There's a common thread running through certain posts...in fact they are almost all identical...and one persons bad experiences shouldn't be taken as the definitive take on how Adelaide is.
I wouldn't live in Sydney. I have had big city living and Adelaide suits me just fine.
It's a fact that the job situation in Adelaide is going to get much worse before it gets better. It reminds me of the situation in the UK many years ago when British shipbuilding and associated manufacturing like British Leyland just couldn't compete with other economies. The closing of Holden in Adelaide is not an isolated case...the whole of Australia's car manufacturing...Ford, Holden, Toyota... in all the capital cities...they are all closing.
There are suburbs in Adelaide that have very high unemployment. The manufacturing base is situated north of the city and youth unemployment in the far north is above 40% as an example. That's not to say that we don't have unemployment south of the city...but the percentages are much lower.
I run a migrant rental business. I have direct and ongoing exposure to the people who are moving here.
I am aware that my guests have found that it takes longer to get work than it did a few years ago...BUT...if you consider arrivals as being a couple....I don't know of any family that has arrived this year where one of the couple haven't found a job. Many have both working. Work found includes 3 carpenters, a horticulturalist, real estate, engineering, nursing, architect...the list goes on.
It's not because they stayed with me and it's not because they live in the south...but it's a fact that people are moving here and getting work.
Don't let your dream be sabotaged. Question their motives. Have a look at the threads reporting the updates on peoples moves. It's not all good but it's certainly not the desperate doom and gloom that you get from some people.
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