Rabeah

Time past by so quickly…2 Years in and celebrating it!

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    It's unbelievable how quick 2 years have been passed by. We can’t take it for granted that our first 2 years are really over now!

    From now on we’re ‘established’ Permanent Residents in terms of Australian policies withits ‘newly arrived resident’s waiting periods of 104 weeks’ and the 176 condition of ‘filling in 5 surveys in the first 2 years’.

    Frankly speaking our ‘probation period’ as a PR is over and history!

     

    From now on

    - no longer exclusions from centrelink theoretically (luckily both of us have work currently)

    - we’ve finished our state sponsorship requirements for SA

    - we’ll get better premiums for car insurance (never had comprehensive therefore insurance

    companies didn’t accept our 18 years crash free driving history from Europe)

    - we can sponsor close relatives due to the ‘waiting period of 2 years’ applied until today

    - we could obtain a 5 years RRV instead of only a 1 year RRV (just a worst case scenario)

    - half way gone to put forward our yearned for citizenship application.

     

    From now onwe are able to look back on our migration journey to South Australia.

    Though we had our obstacles and job issues like many migrants we never gave up and let allow something to knock us over.

    Actually we never looked back to our ‘old’ life in overseas. Homesickness, not at all, which is surprisingly for me because I used to be very close to my family and friends there. But at the same time ambivalently I always was a risk taker and an adventure-seeker which I think plays the bigger part within my personality momentarily.

    We love Australia, we feel completely happy and grateful being here and having this kind of lifestyle with outdoor living, plenty of free and open spaces, beaches, friendly people, multiculturalism. We also got more and more inside knowledge how for instance the job market works here. The more Aussie certificates you gain the more employers will acknowledge the efforts migrants have done to adjust to the job market here.

    It was a good opportunity of making a fresh start.

    Everyone should give themselves at least 2 years, otherwise migrants miss out on the full picture.

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    It's unbelievable how quick 2 years have been passed by. We can’t take it for granted that our first 2 years are really over now!

    From now on we’re ‘established’ Permanent Residents in terms of Australian policies withits ‘newly arrived resident’s waiting periods of 104 weeks’ and the 176 condition of ‘filling in 5 surveys in the first 2 years’.

    Frankly speaking our ‘probation period’ as a PR is over and history!

     

    From now on

    - no longer exclusions from centrelink theoretically (luckily both of us have work currently)

    - we’ve finished our state sponsorship requirements for SA

    - we’ll get better premiums for car insurance (never had comprehensive therefore insurance

    companies didn’t accept our 18 years crash free driving history from Europe)

    - we can sponsor close relatives due to the ‘waiting period of 2 years’ applied until today

    - we could obtain a 5 years RRV instead of only a 1 year RRV (just a worst case scenario)

    - half way gone to put forward our yearned for citizenship application.

     

    From now onwe are able to look back on our migration journey to South Australia.

    Though we had our obstacles and job issues like many migrants we never gave up and let allow something to knock us over.

    Actually we never looked back to our ‘old’ life in overseas. Homesickness, not at all, which is surprisingly for me because I used to be very close to my family and friends there. But at the same time ambivalently I always was a risk taker and an adventure-seeker which I think plays the bigger part within my personality momentarily.

    We love Australia, we feel completely happy and grateful being here and having this kind of lifestyle with outdoor living, plenty of free and open spaces, beaches, friendly people, multiculturalism. We also got more and more inside knowledge how for instance the job market works here. The more Aussie certificates you gain the more employers will acknowledge the efforts migrants have done to adjust to the job market here.

    It was a good opportunity of making a fresh start.

    Everyone should give themselves at least 2 years, otherwise migrants miss out on the full picture.

     

     

    Hi! Please, tell me how is life in Adelaide? Is that true that it's VERY VERY HARD to find a job there? I'm a common job not an specific one.

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    Hi bfi,

     

    I'm not a friend of generalisations.

    Actually, I can't tell you if it will be very hard for you depending on your personal skill set, the current demand in Adelaide/SA und last but not least being at the right place at the right time(simply good luck).

    From my experience it was easy for my hubby to find work in the manufacturing sector after 3 weeks (even he lost that kind of work 3 months later, found another trade's job, lost that again after 10 months and is now employed in unskilled manufacturing work because nothing else is available for him at the moment).

    I had to walk the extra mile, even with an Australian Certifcate III I obtained later - due to not finding work - no Australian company took me on. A European company is my little niche now (community sector).

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    Thank you Rabeah!

     

    Hi bfi,

     

    I'm not a friend of generalisations.

    Actually, I can't tell you if it will be very hard for you depending on your personal skill set, the current demand in Adelaide/SA und last but not least being at the right place at the right time(simply good luck).

    From my experience it was easy for my hubby to find work in the manufacturing sector after 3 weeks (even he lost that kind of work 3 months later, found another trade's job, lost that again after 10 months and is now employed in unskilled manufacturing work because nothing else is available for him at the moment).

    I had to walk the extra mile, even with an Australian Certifcate III I obtained later - due to not finding work - no Australian company took me on. A European company is my little niche now (community sector).

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    Hi everybody,

     

    unbelievable our third year is coming to an end. Actually, this year wasn’t that fast moving in my memory but now it’s over and gone with a lot of new experiences.

    Last year we were about packing things to a move interstate to Perth after a lot of setbacks and Adelaide seemed to bring no luck to us jobwise. The city itself, people and nature, beaches, etc. everything perfect just the job market a pain in the bum. After seriously networking with relatives in Perth and researching removalists the unbelievable happened when you expect it the least: we both could secure decent and steady jobs. First hubby, myself 6 month later.

    We don’t work casual any longer and no recruitment companies involved like the years before.

    During our casual positons we both could managed to obtain Australian certifications in addition to the already recognised European trades papers with either the Skills For All program (only gap payment) or Commonwealth Funding (zero contribution).

    Hubby now has an Australian Diploma and I’ve got a Certificate IV which I can say from my experience is a door opener!

    The best thing we decided late last year is going to find a house and we managed a mortgage and soon we will move into our own place which is awesome. This would never be possible where we came from, banks laughed at us.

    Though all aspects turned out positive for us we never forget all the hurdles, concerns and setbacks we had especially in the beginning. Only true self-determination,resilience, savings and a strong believe in ourselves that South Australia is our new home dragged us to there where we are now.

    My next thread will be approximately in 1 years time about the citizenship application.Let’s hope 2015 moves straight forward as 2014 did.

    What I’ve learned is never give up, hang in, use your financial resources to skill up,make up an excellent resume and network with all people who come along yourway.

     

    Good luck for everyone in the same situation.

    Edited by Rabeah

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    So pleased to hear you've both secured permanent jobs. Glad it's helped cement things for you here in Adelaide and congrats on the house buying :)

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    Wonderful post, thank you. A lot of people are worried a bout such a big move and it does help when people report back on the positive side of their experiences.

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