I woud look to work within Trancso or one of their sub-contractors for Gas distribution.
Originally Posted by rachel
No, No and No. Coming here has put us financially back at least 10 years. My O/H just got a job for wages he was on 5 years ago at home but he spent years building up his reputation in the UK so it will take time to establish that here obviously. I have met some great friends in the last 3 months but do they compare to my friends at home that I have had for 20-30 years....off course they don't but what do you expect. It took me 20-30 years to get to that point were I could talk to them about anything so hardly going to find that in a few months, but I have meet people here who have gone so much out of their way to help us settle.
When I see my kids playing at the beach, park, swimming pools and all the other things that we have been able to do together as a family for very little or no money I know that not matter how much of a struggle we may find it here for the next few years I will stick it out for their sakes. If you get this far be prepared to give it your all or don't bother coming. Its VERY hard...Its not the UK..but thats why we came....to leave the UK. If you are looking for the UK with great weather then you will not find it anywhere in the world.They speak English here and drive on the same side of the road but that's it.
Think long and hard and remember its an expensive mistake to make if you don't like it. My O/H had never been here before and came with NO expectations at all and loves it, I think that's the best attitude to have ;)
BTW I have a friend here who is English and now in the Australian police and has not come across any problems...
Last edited by caoimhe; 26-02-2009 at 11:49 AM.
Well said Caoimhe
Originally Posted by caoimhe
The best thing about coming to Adelaide for us is that it has made us realise how good we had it in the UK. We're going back and cant wait.
Originally Posted by steve.parkin
I must say though that the whole stepping back financially and workwise we have only experienced here in Adelaide, never had anything like that in Perth or Sydney. So if you have the choice of places to go its worth considering because they are all very different in that respect.
What I don't understand is why Australia is rated the same as the UK when it is totally different??? Surely survival is adapting to the environment you choose to be in???
It is certainly not easy but as everyone has said you have to give it your all. We have been here 5 months and are lucky as I have a good job with a good wage however this coming year will be hard as I ampregnant and don't get maternity pay so will be on leave without pay which means that Pete has to get a job but we know that he will only at best earn half of what I do now so it will be hard but we are certainly not going to give in, it is worth it for the family life we have now. The Australia school system has been the making of our 8 year old, he wouldn't even speak to his teacher in the UK, here he stands up infront of the class to do show and tell, he is a happier boy.
You have to work at it and of course it takes time to make friendships and build the close bonds you may have had.
We love it here but even if we didn't we would not be heading back now we would stick it out to at least get citizenship so that if the children decided to come out one day they could without having to worry about visas.
Basically you get out of it what you put in.
It takes you a life time to achieve what you have in the uk - you can't expect to have it here in oz instantly.
Realistically it's gonna take a long long time.
I'd like to echo the previous posts...
Australia is a bloody long way away - grab yourself a globe and have a good look before you even think about filling in the paperwork; if the distance from friends and family will be a problem then don't come, simple as that.
I've met some fantastic people since I arrived and am sure I will meet plenty more but that bond you're talking about simply isn't there at the start - it takes time to build a rapport with new people, regardless of how many barbies you go to.
You also cannot turn up expecting to have work offered to you; as Stephen and Jacqui (and many others) have found out, you'll probably find yourself almost starting again in your career but hard work and a positive outlook will reap rewards over here.
p.s. Don't forget to bring your sense of humour 8-)
We came over with the intention of giving ourselves 2 years to settle and if we did not like it, then to view it as an amazing experience and working holiday and go back to the UK again.
We would have lost out financially, but we could gain so much - an outdoor lifestyle more family orientated than in the UK and I truly worry about my grandchildren and what life would be like for them in 20 yrs time in the UK.
We have been here almost 6 months and the only time I have felt down is when thinking of my daughter and her family in the UK - but she will be here (to stay) on the 16th March so we are all very excited! Things are falling into place for us.
We have been lucky in that our jobs pay approx the same as in the UK but brought virtually no money with us so was a struggle financially to start with, but we expected this so did not fall out over it!
We have done and seen things we would never have done in the UK and have been thoroughly enjoying ourselves despite having to work full time for 2 yrs to fulfill visa conditions (was part time) and at the moment we DEFINITELY want to stay!
Just be realistic about your expectations and you will be fine
When I talk to my friends and family about Australia they all tend to think that it is all beaches and BBQs. I have to bring them back down to earth and explain that we still have to do the same things as here
pay the bills
do the housework
washing and ironing
etc etc. So although the spare time may be used for beaches and BBQs the necessities still need to be done first. And of course this pegs on actually getting a job first, which we are very fortunate to already have, sorting out a rental etc. People who have never been, and are not going like my family, think that I will be having a wonderful relaxing life doing nothing but swim in the pool and drink wine all day over - all I can say is I WISH!!!!!!!!!
I think, as a family, that on the whole we are prepared for the sacrificies and are realistic with our expectations. However, as recent weeks have shown, my plans for dealing with my emotions did not pan out, therefore I am fully expecting to find all my prep work to be useless and feel that we may have to paddle upstream for a while. Will give us something to concentrate on when the homesickness sets in!!