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KirstyUW

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Good evening everyone,

my husband and I have tried before to find a route to Australia, I am a police officer, but with 21 years experience, age 44 doesnt help and I havent managed to get a police job on international recruitment. My husband is leaving his job very soon and doesnt need to work, so I have suggested he goes back to college/uni and get some qualifications that might qualify him for a visa. Its an opportunity for a new career. He is a qualified trainer and specialist in CBRN response, which is not on the list! I am looking for sugestion on something he can qualify in which is in demand. He is 45 so time is running out for us. Any ideas?

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Thanks for reply, I suppose what I am asking is if there are any careers that don't take too long to train in and with the required experience can be done in 4 years that would count as skilled/professional. We are going to an immigration seminar on Sunday so hopefully will get a chance to speak with a visa specialist. Long shot I know.

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Sorry to be the barer of bad news but giving your ages, it is unlikely that after retraining you would qualify for a visa. The only option that would be open to you would be a temporary visa, but the chances of staying in Australia would be almost impossible.

 

It would worth running things past a registered migration agent, but wouldnt be holding out much hope.

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So he's 45, and you need something where he can train AND get the necessary experience in under 5 years.... that is likely to be a very tall order. It excludes any occupation that requires a degree, very possibly a diploma... its going to be a tough to find something i think.

 

The other thing you may well encounter, even if he retrains, is that he'll be newly qualified and up against people of a similar standard who are far younger. Like it or not, right or wrong, Australia can be a little bit ageist here and there....

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Good evening everyone,

my husband and I have tried before to find a route to Australia, I am a police officer, but with 21 years experience, age 44 doesnt help and I havent managed to get a police job on international recruitment. My husband is leaving his job very soon and doesnt need to work, so I have suggested he goes back to college/uni and get some qualifications that might qualify him for a visa. Its an opportunity for a new career. He is a qualified trainer and specialist in CBRN response, which is not on the list! I am looking for sugestion on something he can qualify in which is in demand. He is 45 so time is running out for us. Any ideas?

 

Hi,

if you do decide to retrain in any particular field prior to landing in Oz make sure that the training is recognised in Australia before you fork out any cash. Alternatively take a course in Aus and then try for work. Don't know if that is feasible for you or not. They are also big on relevant local experience over here too. How you get any local experience without anyone giving you an initial go is the problem...even with relevant and recognised skills and quals! I speak from experience. Keep an eye on the WApol and SApol websites re Intl recruitment. They change the goalposts all the time. Good luck...

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We are in similar position. Husband is a police officer with 17 years in and I am a childminder, he is 41 and i am 40, time is ticking and we are anxious. Didnt get in wa recent recruitment drive in 2013. We are desperate to grab a life line to oz!

 

Yes me too Barbieshrimp, didn't get past paper sift.

 

Thanks everyone, we will get advice and stay realistic

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TBH we would settle for a temporary visa. I am a great believer in doing what is right at the time and if we could enjoy a few years in Aus or NZ and then review our options, that's OK. Thanks for reply.

 

Given this then maybe your husband becomes a student in Australia - he could still work 20 hours a you could work full-time. In Australia you may be able to get a job as a police officer which could lead to sponsorship (a long shot but not impossible) and/or get another role leading to sponsorship. In the meantime hubby retrains in a skill on the SOL (risk is of course it keeps changing!), it's going to be tricky to find something where he can gain enough experience before the age of 50 though. Maybe I'm being ageist but would he really want to be a tradesman is Australia at 50 - it's tough conditions, and if you take out occupations requiring 3-5 years study it doesn't leave a lot else - dental hygienist maybe?

 

If I was you though I'd stay right where you are focus on reducing your liabilities and save money, retire early and travel in Australia rather than re-training for careers you probably don't even want to do - have the huge expense of relocating and end up working until you are 70!

 

If you really need to mix things up in your lives right now, could you take a sabbatical?

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Given this then maybe your husband becomes a student in Australia - he could still work 20 hours a you could work full-time. In Australia you may be able to get a job as a police officer which could lead to sponsorship (a long shot but not impossible) and/or get another role leading to sponsorship. In the meantime hubby retrains in a skill on the SOL (risk is of course it keeps changing!), it's going to be tricky to find something where he can gain enough experience before the age of 50 though. Maybe I'm being ageist but would he really want to be a tradesman is Australia at 50 - it's tough conditions, and if you take out occupations requiring 3-5 years study it doesn't leave a lot else - dental hygienist maybe?

 

If I was you though I'd stay right where you are focus on reducing your liabilities and save money, retire early and travel in Australia rather than re-training for careers you probably don't even want to do - have the huge expense of relocating and end up working until you are 70!

 

If you really need to mix things up in your lives right now, could you take a sabbatical?

 

In QLD you cannot apply to the police unless you are PR or citizen. They won't take temp residents, and they won't sponsor.... in the UK dental hygiene takes 3 years to qualify... prob similar here.

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Thanks for the thoughts everyone. I think the other main issue is we have two kids fast approaching university age and both want to go. Without PR, I think Uni in Aus would be widely unaffordable as international student rates. Leaving them both here isnt something I am comfortable with. There are few and far betwen internation sponsored police recruitment for police officers and I would need to take drop in rank and go back on the streets as it where, so realistically, I dont think that's an option so close to my possible UK retirment age. So it looks like we are going to stay put until I retire in 5-6 years and both kids are adults and out of university. That will make me age 50-51. I don't know how long we can stay in Aus then as either temporary workers or just to travel, but it's something we will definitely look to do.

 

Thanks everyone for the advice, and for those younger than us and thinking about it, don't wait to give it go! We had no choice as my son had cancer at quite a young age, thankfully he is well now, but it took us away from considering a move when we were at the right age.

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