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who has moved to oz and ended up in a different job than in the uk?

what did you do, what do you do now and why????


KARL (CARPENTER, 38), LYNSEY (TEACHING ASSISTANT 36) AND GIRLS : KARLECE(9), KADIE(7) AND RAGEN(5):rolleyes:........

..GOT VISA 23/3/11 WOOHOO...booked flights 3/12/11...

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I came over as a class one welder ,got here because of my trade that I will never loose.........but after many many yrs of intense welding at 100%xray standard I wanted a change ..........I phoned an agency that wanted a chicken slaughterer just to see what they payed and what qualifications I needed , just a strong stomach they said , only phoned for a laugh really and I told him what I really was , he then said he had something I would be perfect for, only ended up working for the 5th biggest company in the world ! took me on full time and was one of the best moves ive ever made...........hardly any pressure ,shift work, pension,full ppe supplied ,sick pay , holiday pay , careers leave , peace of mind ...............had always been a contractor in UK and never got a break like this............."God Bless Australia"...........


Voted Best Newcomer 2010 by PIO Members.......Thank you....x

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I hope I get the same kind of luck, but then again you make your own luck ;)

Tis great when things work out

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Im a plumber (44), desperate for a change when I get to WA in Sept,any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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come on guys my husband is a carpenter and desperate to change careers need loadsa ideas.....


KARL (CARPENTER, 38), LYNSEY (TEACHING ASSISTANT 36) AND GIRLS : KARLECE(9), KADIE(7) AND RAGEN(5):rolleyes:........

..GOT VISA 23/3/11 WOOHOO...booked flights 3/12/11...

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Im with you, lets have some ideas, all we need to know is: what is a fabulous fun job, that reasonable pays well, you work with wonderfull people, its a joy to goto work every day, there are loads of holidays that you really wouldnt want, but they make you take the time off and theres a shortage of staff so they are looking for people to fill the places as soon as,

Really guys how hard can it be!! failing all that any idea would be good

thanks

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Heard on the radio this morning that the IT&C sector is struggling to recruit and attract new graduates. They were predicting 30,000 job vacancies with no-one to fill them in the next year or so. Also stated that 10% of the current IT&C workforce are on 457 visas and contracting because companies are struggling to find the right candidates.

 

On other threads on here you hear from IT people who can't find jobs, so who do you believe? You can do some short IT courses that might get you a start. Expensive though and no guarantees.

 

I did a fitting apprenticeship and worked as a fitter for a few years. Went back to Uni in the UK at 30 and did a Computer Science Degree.

Came here and fell back on my previous fitting and mechanical experience and went contracting to a predictive maintenance company in mining. The guy I went to work for promised me a lot of money, which never came to fruition. After being out of overalls for a few years I soon realised I didn't like the work and the dirt again and the money didn't improve like promised. Had to stick it out for about a year then got a job back in IT where I've stayed and been happy with since.

 

I've worked on quite a few different things from sewing machine mechanic, to pipeline testing, to IT. A lot of things can be achieved, just a bit of luck and a lot of hard work.

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In the Uk I worked in the biotechnology industry for a company than manufactured vaccines, I am half way through doing a teaching post grad in Australia and currently have a high distinction average. I will be quailified by November yikes can't believe how fast it's gone and looking forward to teaching ;0)

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If your husband is pretty fit and into sport like Bogan Bear above the personal trainer route is not as stupid idea as you might think. You can take a short course and get some quals. and the rest is then down to you and how you market yourself and get a few clients. Personal training is a massive business here. I know a few people that have moved into it from varying roles. One guy was working in a bank and hated it, another lady was a teacher, my son goes to the gym daily and a guy he works out with has his own gym. He's had a couple of kids himself now and recruited my son to help him out with a few clients.

 

If I was struggling for work I might give it a crack myself. Plenty of older people too looking for a bit of fitness training, doesn't have to be young, fit things.

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If your husband is pretty fit and into sport like Bogan Bear above the personal trainer route is not as stupid idea as you might think. You can take a short course and get some quals. and the rest is then down to you and how you market yourself and get a few clients. Personal training is a massive business here. I know a few people that have moved into it from varying roles. One guy was working in a bank and hated it, another lady was a teacher, my son goes to the gym daily and a guy he works out with has his own gym. He's had a couple of kids himself now and recruited my son to help him out with a few clients.

 

If I was struggling for work I might give it a crack myself. Plenty of older people too looking for a bit of fitness training, doesn't have to be young, fit things.

 

Just to add to that, me personally, I would prefer an older trainer than a young one. I don't think I'm unique in that view. Sometimes people want someone with life perspective who may have a greater understanding of things that affect the needs/inclinations to exercise and goals.

 

If I was looking for a PT one of my criteria would be their age!

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Just to add to that, me personally, I would prefer an older trainer than a young one. I don't think I'm unique in that view. Sometimes people want someone with life perspective who may have a greater understanding of things that affect the needs/inclinations to exercise and goals.

 

If I was looking for a PT one of my criteria would be their age!

 

Is 59 too old:wink:

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Are you flirting?!

 

Sorry see you are in Brisbane, bit far to run a fitness class. I was in Brisbane with work last year and stayed at the Quest apartments. Decent place to stay. Went for a run every night and Kangaroo Point must be exercise central of Brisbane. Never seen so many boot camps and exercise classes going on. Lots to do round there and the Storey Bridge Hotel was great for food and beer. Just as well really as we were in there every nigh, couldn't be bothered to catch the ferry over to the City. Been to Bris a few times now and really like it.

 

I think Brisbane's casino is the only casino I really like as the building has some charm and they don't seem to have much of a dress code. I got in with a T shirt and trainers on. Had a great night in there with different music in different room catering for just about all tastes, as well as a live band in the main bar. Good too. Not bothered about gambling so that part doesn't interest me.

 

Outside there was a dance class till about 11:00 pm. In the big public square outside the casino. Ballroom type dancing with instructors if anyone fancied having a go. Really nice atmosphere and I was surprised the number of younger people, guys and girls, having a go at the ballroom stuff.

 

I expected the drinks and food to be expensive in there but it wasn't.

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I havent changed jobs, but if i were to be made redundant from my current then i would, but havent a clue what i could do

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I think Brisbane's casino is the only casino I really like as the building has some charm and they don't seem to have much of a dress code. I got in with a T shirt and trainers on.

 

That _is_ the dress code.

 

Reminds me of a European friend who came here and had to go to Darwin for the first time to meet the directors of a regional energy company there. He'd heard that they weren't as formal as their counterparts in Melbourne and Sydney, so he asked rather sheepishly:

 

"Do you think most of them will be wearing ties?"

 

The reply came back:

 

"Don't worry. Most of them won't even be wearing shoes".

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Cheers, of all the advice and help I have had on this site, this is without doubt the most un-helpfull and useless, but it did make me chuckle, THANKYOU

I havent changed jobs, but if i were to be made redundant from my current then i would, but havent a clue what i could do

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In the Uk I worked in the biotechnology industry for a company than manufactured vaccines, I am half way through doing a teaching post grad in Australia and currently have a high distinction average. I will be quailified by November yikes can't believe how fast it's gone and looking forward to teaching ;0)

 

Can I ask how long that takes and is it expensive? Very new to Brisbane and want to change career, and teaching is something I would love to do! Does this course allow you to teach in primary/secondary? Thanks in advance

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I was an employment law helpline adviser for the civil service , back in the UK but with 25 years experience and in the job training but no formal qualifications it was always gonna be a change of career here for me. I decided to be a full time Mum and housekeeper until my son started HighSchool . So I then looked for something fairly local that I could do within school hours. I now work 12-15 hours as a Home Help and I also work a few hours as an animal Carer for a friends new business. It's all quite exciting and are actually better pay than I was on back in the UK in the Civil Service management grade!

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Wow what a difference! May I ask do you need a qualification for doing home help and would any jobs be on seek? My situation is I start my new job next Monday (same as what I done in the UK) Min 50 hours a week! Long day and its not something I find totally enjoyable, I am jst worried I am sink back into the same rut. I have been looking at alot of Care jobs through seek but all seem to require a certificate of some kind, I would definitely look into doing a part time course if it helped me find a care job that I had a passion for!

Again thank you for your help, jst feeling a bit lost already and its only been 3 weeks :(

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Home Help is basically cleaning and shopping for people who need care not actually caring that over here is called Care Aide . For care aide you are required to do Cert 111 in Aged Care, Aged care is big here , if you fancy it look at some of the Aged care organisation websites they usually have any vacancies advertised there. Good luck.

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For care aide you are required to do Cert 111 in Aged Care, Aged care is big here , .

 

Not all Aged Care facilities require this. Partially because the demand for personnel is so high I suspect. Aged Care must be one of the most secure industries going. But most of the work is undervalued, difficult and casual.

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I worked for an investment bank in the UK and now work for a tax accountant, something which I never thought I'd enjoy but actually really do. Thinking about doing a diploma in accounting when I get my residency :-)


Dear Australian High Commission, I'd like my visa now please, thanks :wub:

 

309 Spouse Visa granted on 21.8.2012, flying to Brisbane 13.10.2012!!!!

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