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benj1980 last won the day on January 24 2015

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  1. benj1980

    Help! Retrain but as what?!

    @verystormy has a very good point. What points will you need to have a realistic change of achieving a visa in the future? 70/75? Can you gain these points?
  2. benj1980


    We've been over just over three years now. We both work in a local school (we are WA based). I sent resumes into local schools and had a bit of luck. I went in start of November and schools were planning their final teaching lists for the following year so I was lucky in that regard. I'm also a teacher so a little different to planning for TAs or EAs as they are known here. You find out more information on the school gate than you will on here concerning local jobs and other things of interest. We've met friends through kids sport and the like, there is a sense of who you know as a opposed to what you know so get networking!
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    Bit of a long shot don't you think Steve? I'd recommend looking at jobs in your local area in papers online and starting from there. Your wife can send her resume to local schools, TA experience is transferable however TAs tend to have a cert 3 or 4 over here. You are right it will be difficult to find work in a school at this late notice and the fact that schools are on holidays won't help. In the first instance I'd settle the children in, sort their schools, try and work out where you'd like to live long term, sort out all the paperwork - banks, centrelink, medicare, health insurance etc and try not and get everything done in the first week! It takes time and a few weeks to receive all the documents that you'll need via the post. Congratulations on your move over, it's a big deal and I bet you are still stressed about getting everything done. I know I was!
  4. benj1980

    Can you teach in Australia with a PGCEi?

    This is a new qualification, but I believe that it has been done recently. You are required to have four years of university education with 45 days supervised teaching practice, if you can prove this all is good.
  5. benj1980

    189 visa, secondary school teacher

    Well that's annoying. You need nearly every single question to be correct in reading to get the 8. A small drop in concentration and you need another test! Writing is where people normally drop points.
  6. benj1980

    189 visa, secondary school teacher

    In my timeline signature there could have been a November IELTS but I got a 7.5 in writing first time round, grrrhhhh..... I guess I was worried about failing AITSL at the time?!
  7. benj1980

    189 visa, secondary school teacher

    Why wait to do the IELTS? Many people have not received the magical number required and had to retake (myself included!) It will only delay things if that happens. It's a great feeling to get over the line with IELTS and AITSL, you know you are on your way then! Where are you looking to move?
  8. benj1980

    Student visa option to PR

    I read that as thanks Moron! There was me thinking you'll get no other advice/support calling people names like that!
  9. benj1980

    Living in NZ on Oz PR

    Speaking to a fellow Pom yesterday... Do we still have an entitlement to live in NZ if we have PR in Oz? I believe this was the case a few years ago? Is there a pathway to citizenship this way? Or was this a myth?! I'm not going anywhere I might add, my wife would kill me if I suggested moving again any time soon!
  10. I'd go but them I'm happy in Oz! You're fortunate to have access to the country obviously many strive for it and fail. Sometimes I think maybe we take this for granted and forget about why we ensured that we have these options available to us. For me the reason for PR in Oz was my children, I can't live my life through my parents. I left early enough for them to accept I won't be there in their late years although they visit regularly now and we will go back within the next couple of years...
  11. benj1980

    Student visa option to PR

    No option of sponsorship from your current role? After a student visa you'd be in the same boat trying to gain a visa after spending thousands and thousands as an overseas student. With no guarantee of a visa at the end of it, would your new qualification be suitable back in the UK? It's not the smartest choice and smells of desperation!
  12. I think parents would normally be the driving force behind an application that's all. I.e. organising the paperwork. Good luck with it all. If you are looking for HECS you'll need to defer I'm afraid.
  13. Are you not doing this with your parents? The waiting time is over a year at the moment.
  14. benj1980

    Uk school leaver

    Coming down to my neck of the woods! I'm not sure that completing an apprenticeship in the UK and then coming over is very beneficial. I know a couple of sparkies who have struggled to get work when first moving over.Their qualifications aren't deemed sufficient so they need to complete additional courses to be registered. Local businesses didn't want to take them on as technicians because they knew they would leave as soon as they were qualified. It worked out well for these two guys in the end but it was a bit stressful for them for a while struggling for work. One still works for the same company doing the same job basically without being supervised I guess!
  15. benj1980

    Sydney is a terrible place

    Come over and west and wear my rose tinted glasses!