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As you probably know, there have been no updates from me since quite a while. I'm back in my home country (India). Returned yesterday night. I was in Australia (Sydney) for 2 months (June 12th to August 11th). I could have pushed on, but so much of stress kept building up in me due to my job search that it took a serious toll on my physical health as well. I used to feel pretty weak for a while, but I just ignored it, assuming that it's nothing serious. Last week, when I couldn't bear it anymore, I consulted a doctor and came to know that I'm suffering from low blood pressure, anaemia, sever weight loss (lost over 10 kgs in 2 months) and poor muscle mass, all as a result of the extreme mental stress of job search accumulated ever since I came to Australia. On top of that, due to not having a table to use my laptop (I had taken up a cheap accommodation which just had a bed) and a constant bad posture, my spinal cord has flared up, and it can be a slipped disc (can't be sure until I have has a scan). Medical exp3enss are too high in Australia, so I rushed home so that I wouldn't have to suffer anymore and end up spending a fortune in case of emergency hospitalisation there. What made it more painful, was that I got a lot of calls during my last week of stay in Sydney (due to an improved job market), but I was not in a position to proceed. It became more about life and survival for me, than job or career. I probably need a long time to recuperate, and for all I know, my career as a software developer may be over. I may have to consider an alternate, less stressful career once I'm fit, due to the massive mental and physical damage I have been dealt with during these 2 months.

Based on my experience, I wish to offer some advice to people who wish to immigrate to Australia, or are already there and hunting for jobs. The focus will be on IT, because I'm not so sure of other professions. But it should hold good:-

1) NEVER consider moving alone, on your own, without having some close friends or relatives in Australia. It can take a serious toll on your emotional well-being. Having someone else in the same situation as you and hunting for jobs, would be the most ideal situation. I went to Sydney without knowing anyone there personally. Although I did make a lot of friends during my stay, it could never be the same as knowing someone beforehand. By the time I knew enough people there, it was too late and the damage was done.

2) People who are into software development, please be aware that it may take a while for you to secure a job. And the chances are pretty slim if your total experience is less than 7 to 8 years. I had only 5 years of experience, and I'm sure this was one of the main reasons for me not getting satisfactory responses until August arrived. The developer roles in Australia are quite senior, and even if they mention they need someone with 3+ or 5+ years of experience, they are actually looking at people having over 7 or 8 years of experience. This need not concern you if you are into Microsoft Business Intelligence, a Business Analyst or a QA professional, because these people are getting jobs with fewer years of experience as well. Networking is pretty decent too. Don't get me wrong, even developers with less experience eventually do end up with a job, but it takes pretty long usually.

3) Make sure you have enough funds to last you for at least 6 months. If this isn't possible, at least try to have a spouse/partner back in your home country who is still working, and can provide the funds you need to sustain yourself until you secure a job in Australia. This is another area where I went wrong. I only had funds to sustain myself for 2 to 3 months, and had no other source of income. People talk about casual part time jobs, but they aren't really that easy due to intense competition from students (because their minimum wage is lower). Also, working for too long in an odd job may make you rusty with respect to your core competence.

4) DON'T compromise too much on accommodation. You need to pay at least 150 to 160 AUD per week for a shared accommodation in Sydney (perhaps a bit lower in other cities), to be able to stay comfortable enough to aid you in your job search. I took up an accommodation which cost me 110 AUD per week, to save costs, but it was pretty bad in so many ways. It also contributed to me picking up my back problem, because there was no living room (hence, no table) and I was forced to use my laptop on the bed, in a slouched position.

5) ALWAYS have a backup plan in case you aren't able to secure a job in Australia within whatever time frame you deem fit. Of course, it helps to be determined to stay and make it. But you should never push yourself beyond a certain limit, especially when you feel that things are not going your way. You can always come back to Australia and try again. Trying too hard may actually do more harm than good, as it happened in my case. I am still holding on to my Indian job, but I can't really consider that a 'backup' anymore because I seriously doubt if I'll be able to work in my stressful profession any time in the near future.

6) AVOID these months - June and July, then November to February - like plague, when you move and begin you job hunt. November to February, as you already know, is the holiday season. June and July too are pretty dry, due 5to the end and beginning of the new financial year. I believe this as my biggest blunder - landing in Australia in the middle of June. By the time the job market started getting better in August, I was too worn out, both mentally and physically, to push on anymore.


I'd like to end my long post here. I may still try to return to Australia after a few years, but I don't know what my profession would be at that point. It is indeed a lovely country filled with opportunities, and I'm sure you can make it big if you play your cards intelligently. I didn't do that. I wish everyone here the best. I'll continue to be active here, as much as my health permits me, because I don't want to be selfish. Things didn't work for me, but my inputs may help others. And of course, I still have a ray of hope that things may work out for me as well in Australia, at some point in the future.

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Your health situation sounds bad mate. Please take good care.

We appreciate you sharing and writing frequently throughout this short journey. Your contribution is commendable. Thank you and get well soon.

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Sorry to hear this... thanks for the ground level info.
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Get well soon Bro..... Health is more important than anything any country like Australia or US can offer. Hope you become fit and active soon.

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Sorry to hear this. Tc of ur health.

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Get well soon mate, sorry to hear about your experience. I too know many folks who have returned back due to whatever reasons but atleast they didn't suffer physically so much. I am sure you can bounce back from this and try again in a few years once you have 7-8 years under your belt.

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Hi Friend,

Unfortunate to hear about your health, you have helped many in this forum. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you get all you desire.

Thanks for taking time to share the inputs but would advise you to take complete rest and relax.

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Thanks a lot for sharing your troubles with us. Really sad for you to have faced health issues.

It takes a lot of courage to make life changing decisions and to make it successive months, must be really stressful for you.

Do take your time to settle down, relax and rest yourself as that's the most important thing in life.

p.s: If you dont mind, could you share your experience as a developer, which stream etc in PM. I can possibly try to provide you with some help(Job wise), if your interested.
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That's bad man. Hope you come out of the trauma soon, with due respect could I ask, have you been outside India (like any onsite kind of assignment) and lived alone for more than 6 months.
I am assuming that you might be aware of the point number 2, 3, 5 and 6 beforehand moving to Oz.
This is how I / may be most of the people plan to move outside India (No matter what country you are moving).
1. Ask yourself! are you pissed off living here, are you annoyed with the city traffic, are you irritated with casual (“chalta hai ”) attitude of people around you and office, are you frustrated with work life balance no outdoor activity except those stupid city malls – Then you don’t belong here.
2. Read the whole internet about the country you are planning to move.
3. If you have enough fund I mean double the amount what you need initially to survive in a new country, start the Visa / PR process.
4. Respect your wife’s decision (for married else parents). Don’t rely on your friends too much.
5. Are you seriously home sick, then don’t opt for this move?
6. Studying a job market is always hypothetical, a lot of factors depends on grabbing a job. Be bold be strong and keep trying.
7. And on the top of everything be mentally and physically strong before you land in a new country. I take this no less than a mission.
I would say go again to Aus and this time nail it.

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Hey Funkyzoom,

Seems like you have taken too much tension onto your body and brain. This is the moment of peace in your life especially when you are back into your home country. Just don't think of anything as of now, Relax Relax Relax & Relax I would suggest !

Get yourself fit, go for some medical checkups and be back on Track. " Health is Wealth"

Appreciate your feedback, it is definitely a pristine & an honest one. Take good care of yourself and All the best !
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