I came over to Australia in April 2011, I had 6 amazing months working as an IT contractor at a really great organisation where I felt really happy and valued and made lots of friends, but couldn't stay as I was on a working holiday visa.
I started working for a new company who could sponsor in November last year, I got 457 sponsorship which started in April this year. However I'm very unhappy in my job for a variety of reasons (I don't really want to go into detail, simply put it's a very boring job stuck using technologies I am really not interested in, and people aren't very social with people in work, and seeing as I am traveling alone that is an issue for me), so I have decided to start applying for the 175 visa ASAP and then leave as soon as it is granted.
However, if the application process takes up to 1 year I'm really not sure I can "hold out" at my current job, I hate it!
I am having thoughts quitting now going on a working holiday in New Zealand whilst I am waiting for the 175 to be processed, then I could still do contract IT work over in Auckland or whatever which should make me a bit happier! I have just over 2 years experience in IT and a Bachelors degree, so I should have enough experience to be accepted for the 175.
Am I going crazy with this idea?!