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Hi all,

I am at a bit of a crossroads so to speak. After putting my Aussie dream on hold for move to Essex i am very out of the loop. 

I have 2 plans. One to finish my 3 ACCA exams and become chartered or two, look into becoming a primary school teacher. I have a degree in accounting and have worked in accounts since 2007 so for me this would be the favoured option. 

I don't think either are now particularity in demand from what I've read, particularly accountant as there are huge pools coming in from Asia. 

My husband and 2 children were hoping to get a visa for WA - Perth ideally. With the points having increased i think we may struggle. 

Any advise would be greatly received as there seems to havebeen so many changes. 

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If you are 3 exams away from getting your ACCA I would finish that even if it isn't going to get you into Australia, unless you are years away on the experience front. Always good to have as a fallback even if another route is the way in.

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I agree with Jon the Hat on completing the ACCA exams, but would probably be easier to get in as primary school teacher. 

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1 hour ago, Jon the Hat said:

If you are 3 exams away from getting your ACCA I would finish that even if it isn't going to get you into Australia, unless you are years away on the experience front. Always good to have as a fallback even if another route is the way in.

Thanks Jon.  yes it does make sense, i see what you are saying. I am impatient really so the thought of spending a year finishing one thing to then go on and take more time to do another fills me with dread.  Doesn't help my two girls are getting older and are on board just now but teenagers can change their minds v quickly 🙂   

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57 minutes ago, Philip84 said:

I agree with Jon the Hat on completing the ACCA exams, but would probably be easier to get in as primary school teacher. 

Thanks Phillip.  Do you think?  It's strange but getting in is slightly more important than my career so may need to look further into teaching if accountancy is a definite no no.  Is there a decent points calculator site you would recommend??  I am going to get an agent but want to gather as much info as I can before wasting their time. 

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You need to do what ever you enjoy. Forget what may result in a visa as there is (literally every chance) neither will. Both are occupations that gave a high chance of removal. So, forget Oz for now, do what will make you happy and if in two to three years when you might be able to apply, worry about it then. Never ever start a career just to get a visa to a country in which you haven't lived. Heck, about half of those that achieve the "dream" find it isn't for them and move back. 

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Highly likely that a primary teacher won't get you a visa either and even if you did, you'd be lucky to get a job with thousands of young unemployed Aussie teachers all wanting the positions in places that people actually want to live.  I'd agree with Stormy, work at what makes your soul thrill and if in the future it is on the skills list then so be it but otherwise live your life doing what you want to do and dont chase unicorns just because you think there may be a visa at the end of it.

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I see what you are both saying but Oz is where my family and I want to settle.  We have family there and feel 100% ready for the move.  I may go through the process, get there (or not as the case may be) and hate it but its a life goal and in recent years i have come to realise what is important for us and that is to live the life you want.   

My family and i have moved to another country before so i know things aren't always as they seem and we are not looking at things with rose tinted specs .After over 10 years of working and studying accounts to find it not being in demand is soul destroying so the next best thing for me would be teaching (another passion). I have seen plenty of people retrain to get a visa and had a fab life - others wasted their time.  Either profession would be enjoyable to me.

Finishing my ACCA makes the most sense.  I have contacted Go Matilda this afternoon as both routes look hopeless and hopefully Alan who i spoke with many years ago can help.

 

Thanks for your thoughts guys.

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It sounds like you've decided on a path, but if you go down the teaching route, then what about choosing STEM subjects at secondary level?

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23 minutes ago, Melbpom said:

It sounds like you've decided on a path, but if you go down the teaching route, then what about choosing STEM subjects at secondary level?

Thanks @Melbpom i did consider it - until embarrassingly my daughter's high school home work had me stumped!!  I don't remember learning half the stuff they do now 😄  Maybe my brain isn't what it was.

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17 minutes ago, Tash82 said:

Thanks @Melbpom i did consider it - until embarrassingly my daughter's high school home work had me stumped!!  I don't remember learning half the stuff they do now 😄  Maybe my brain isn't what it was.

Yes, I fully understand having had a son go through maths and sciences at high school recently. But saying that it is easy to get onto a graduate conversion course in these subjects and you would be specialising in one area rather than the whole curriculum for primary level.

Good luck with your choice either way.

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10 hours ago, Melbpom said:

Yes, I fully understand having had a son go through maths and sciences at high school recently. But saying that it is easy to get onto a graduate conversion course in these subjects and you would be specialising in one area rather than the whole curriculum for primary level.

Good luck with your choice either way.

That is true. If I could get up to speed I would consider it.  Thank you very much.

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