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nickachu

WHV Granted :D

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Well since I live in the middle of nowhere, and have just got back from spending 2 years in Sweden(broke up with girlfriend), there's hardly anyone I know here (just family basically), and nothing to do. I'm basically spending my time doing lots of research, and apply for jobs, and counting down the days!

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Wow sweden! Bet that was an experience. Sorry about your gf though. you'll have to start a travel thread when you get there!

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Yeah, gonna be a bit of a difference, 2 white Christmasses to whatever Brisbane is going to be like at Christmas!

Will do, we'll see where I end up, not planning (we'll see what happens though) on travelling that much to begin with anyway, aiming for job and houseshare to begin with, dont really fancy staying in hostels for too long.

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Brisbane at Christmas time will be hot hot! We were in Cairns in December and that was very hot. Make sure you got something cool planned for christmas, things will be booked up quickly. At least make sure you got a meal sorted otherwise you'll be eating maccas like we did lol.

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As long as I've got a beer and some homemade stuffing, I'll be fine! No doubt I'll meet people and figure something out etc.... That's part of the adventure :D

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Also a question regarding the 2nd year extension. If I managed to get an unpaid internship with an oil and gas company for 3 months, would that count towards it, or does the "regional work" need to be paid?

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It doesn't have to be paid, i'm not sure, I would email immigration, or if you look on their website they do have a list of jobs thats classified as regional work.

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Hello again. 3 more sleeps til I go! Woo!

 

Has anyone (this should probably be in the renting section but nevermind) found a houseshare on gumtree or somewhere like that? I kinda wanna stay in the same place for a while to begin with and would prefer a houseshare, does anyone know if you need anything, apart from the finances to do it? I think it'd be easier and cheaper than renting out a place on my own and would be a good way to hopefully meet some aussie people and not just backpackers. Any tips, apart from just ring up the ads and try and find a nice one?

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Congratulations mate.

I did the same thing as you, flew in on a WHV and now have been offered sponorship to stay although.... I did kind of cheat as I now work for the Australian division of the company I worked in for 4 years in the UK.

 

I live in Brisbane about 10 min walk from the city center, let me know if you have any questions about anything , I would be more than happy to help you !

 

What hostel did you end up booking?

 

EDIT: in regards to your renting question, i really depends on what kind of house you plan on staying, if it just somone renting out a room in their house , they just need to like the look of you I guess... but some landlords will ask for different kinds of ID, a bank statement? maybe a proof of employment? - Like I said it depends on what kind of house you were looking for.. have a look on gumtree, you should find a place no problem.... my advice would be for you is to say your working here and not a backpacking, as most Aussies have avery narrow opinion on what backpackers are and they tend be very unreliable due to the nature of what they do... (drink goon 7 days a week and move on when they feel like it)

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Aussie way backpackers! I've been emailing recruitment agents and companies in my field and haven't had totally negative feedback, more along the lines of give us a call when you're here and we'll see what we can do, which is good for me. I've been looking on gumtree, some of them actually look quite nice! Suppose it'll be easier once I actually am there and can ring people up. I've got about £5k saved up so think I'll be alrite until I can find something.

 

Where's good for a pint then?! :D

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Enjoy your flight on the airbus, it's big and it's quiet! Keep posting and let us know how things are going. :biggrin:


You never know what's just around the corner ........

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What field do you work in mate?

PS - Pints arnt too common here, try asking for a schooner ;)

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What field do you work in mate?

PS - Pints arnt too common here, try asking for a schooner ;)

Graduate chemical engineer, so oil and gas, and a chef :)

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All the best, and have fun!


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I've made it to singapore. Flight leaves in an hour then Sydney then arrive in Brisbane at 8:30am Friday morning. Woo airbus. Food wasn't half bad either.

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Nah! Foods pretty good long haul eh! They always run out of the good stuff before it gets to me lol. Have a fun/safe flight to Sydney :)

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Films were a little disappointing. Watched men in black 3 and all 10 episodes of new girl. I wish they had all 3 batmans then that'd have been the flight sorted.

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ah that's a shame, might have better luck on this flight, I tend to just put my ipod on and close my eyes and wait for the time to pass lol

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I'm getting back on the same plane so I doubt it's any different ! I'll just pop some sleeping pills after dinner and hope to wake up around breakfast time.

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Survived the flights. Still a bit jetlagged. Started looking for work, got mixed signals with regards to finding a job within the chemical engineering sector. Hostel is ok, not the greatest, but it'll do for now, gotta really find a job within the next week or so, so I've got time to find a houseshare or something like that. It is quite lonely coming here on my own to. Spose I better man up and start talking to people!

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Got an interview/work trial for a chef job tonight. Hopefully that'll come to something. Gonna look at a houseshare tomorrow too.

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