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Hello Ppl,

I would request the members of this forum who have recently made the move to kindly share your experience (both movement related & job related).

Were you able to make the transition smoothly or were there any hiccups?
What about developments on the job front?

Is it just me or do you see too few experiences(both positive & negative) being shared on this forum of late.
Pardon me if I'm asking you to pen down your thoughts during a tough time of making the move and adjusting to a foreign place, but I think it'll be beneficial to people like me who're going to move in a couple of months.

Keeping with the tradition of "pay it forward", I will describe my journey in the month of July.

Cheers,
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Hi we are here just over 6mths and can't say a bad word about our experience so far from flights to shipping our stuff everything was great. We are in Perth and absolutely love it. We have had no problem in getting work although the cost of living is high the wages are also higher than we would ever get back in the uk. So it sort of evens itself out. We are living just outside Perth city and find it very accessible to the city and the beach. The only downside is being so far from friends and family but any body making this move has to take that into consideration. We always said we would not make any rash decisions until we were here two years and I think that gives us plenty of time to adjust. I can highly recommend living in oz and wish you all the best with your move. Where are you heading?
 

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Hi moved to Perth about a month ago. I relocated with work as my company bought the European competition out in oz. so far work has been good as everyone seems friendly and do no not discriminate against POMS in fact a number of my customers are POMS. The hardest thing is trying to find a long term rental, I currently have a 2 month rental as awaiting furniture to arrive, rentals seem to go up one day and gone the next. I recommend anyone to move over as you will not look back.
 

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Hey thanks a lot for sharing.

I'm heading to Melbourne. I'm [un]fortunately :) in the IT field and am hoping I can land a job soon.
Such encouraging words are what keeps us future migrants going.

God Bless!!
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Hey thanks a lot for sharing.

I'm heading to Melbourne. I'm [un]fortunately :) in the IT field and am hoping I can land a job soon.
Such encouraging words are what keeps us future migrants going.

God Bless!!
sharemyhead
Thanks for posting this! We're hoping to have our visa by July, and are planning to move to Melbourne in September/October. Will also post back to this when we move :) And look forward to seeing others share their experiences.
 

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We moved to Sydney from Boston about 2 weeks ago. We have also had a fairly smooth transition. My husband came over on a 457 Visa so thankfully employment has not been a consideration. Even though we are used to large, Northeast cities like Boston and New York City, we still experienced sticker shock when we got here. But a couple of days of looking we found stores with prices similar to what we were paying back home. Our flight on Air New Zealand was pleasant even though we were in economy but this could be because we had an empty seat next to us. Finding an apartment has been a challenge, partly because you're learning your way around a new city, partly because of the process itself (units have a 15 minute window where they're "open for inspection"). The weather has been wonderful, and everyone we've met has been nice.

One aspect that has caused problems is our bank account. We opened a Citibank account in the states before we left to make transferring money here easier and with fewer fees (Citibank allows international transfers fee-free). I wish that we had set up an Australian Citibank account before we left because that process has been sort of slow. We set up a Wespac account in anticipation of arrival but when we got here realized that Citibank ATM cardholders can use Wespac or St. George ATM's for free (Wespac is supposed to have the largest amount of ATMs, that's why we originally were going to go with them).

When you apply for an apartment, treat it more like a mortgage application. Be prepared with a copy of your visa, copy of your passport, a reference letter from previous landlord and/or proof of rent or mortgage payments, a list of references with phone and email info, the more the better (I believe that you can use references from your home country), copies of bank statements showing that you can afford the rent payment, an offer letter, etc. proving employment, anything else you think will show that you will be an ideal tenant. When we applied for our apartment, we had all of this information as both a hard and soft copy so that when we found a place we were ready to complete the application.

I hope that this helps other people to make the transition. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. I used the information I got on this site when we were getting ready to move, and it was very helpful.
 

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Hi we moved to the gold coast 3 months ago and loving it! My hubby is an Australian/British citizen and lived here 8 years previously so has friends and some family so its slightly different for us but I had never ever left the UK before and with 3 children and another on the way thought it would be a lot more difficult than it actually has been.
We found a rental before we arrived. Found a few properties we were interested in online, emailed the real estate and had a friend come view for us. Turns out we went for the first one, filled in forms and sent all our paper work via email and were accepted straight up which took a lot of stress out of things.
We decided to leave all our belongings behind and buy new. Again great decision, no waiting and there are some fab deals to be had!
Hubby worked in the disability care field in UK, specialising in autism and so there were a few job offers but he has actually gone into a different job in a factory down the coast which is 9-5 working plus overtime every other weekend so more money for regular hours - more family time.
I haven't really found it that expensive, maybe because I researched everything beforehand and the fact that tines are tough in UK atm so we are def not worse off. The main thing is my kids, age 1,3 and 8 have FREEDOM they can run around like never before and iv never seen them happier which in turn makes me happy and no matter how much I miss my family, which tbh isn't too much due to Skype and fb etc which are fab, I can't see us going back in the near future!
Good luck with your move
 

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Wow, so many positive experiences. I'm psyched up and can't wait to land in Oz.
From what I've gathered on this forum, the major hurdle is getting your first job.

Anyone from the IT field, could you please share how was the struggle for that first offer. Any pointers to keep in mind. Some good head-hunters that you'd recommend.

Thanks,
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