Thursday, 19 November 2015

Tumultuous two


I've had six jobs, been fired from one, quit without notice from another, and walked out on one in disgust.

We've had two places of residence. One of which is our own.

I've bought two motorbikes, one of which I've sold, and two more pushbikes.

Motorbiked the Great Ocean Road in one day. Rode the Australian Alpine Epic and Mt Buller downhill tracks.

Owned two cars (one sold), and a 4WD, which may well be sold today, if I can accept a hefty loss.

Many acquaintances made, and a very small handful I'd call true friends. Two more, whom we no longer call friends.

Mountains climbed, rivers and deserts crossed, swam in surf, with seals, and dolphins.

Joined the local fire brigade as a volunteer firefighter,

Attended two weddings and one funeral.

Two years since we first called Australia home. We will know no other.

-S

29 comments:

  1. Would you write a post or 2 about your job experience? ie how you; got fired from one, quit without notice from another, walked out on one in disgust and held on to the other 3?

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    1. Fair request, I'll get onto it in the next couple of weeks. Aussie pace :p

      -S

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  2. :) welcome back to your blog

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  3. All part of life experiences. Good that you are continually being hired. One of the challenges for new immigrants anywhere is to find a job. Some have to settle for minimum wage as they cannot find jobs in their own field.

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  4. Hi S, thanks for your sharing. I would like to understand the tax structure. Could you enlighten on that topic?

    Many thanks!

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    1. Visit the ATO website, digest it and maybe you could do a guest blogger post on that? ;)

      -S

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  5. Hi, thanks for your posts and infor. It has been a great help in our prep. The wife and I will be relocating to Melb on the 29th of Dec. Are you still working at a Car Dealership? Is there a way to contact you with regards to getting/inspecting a car?

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    1. I'm not working at a car dealership anymore, thank God...

      Check out one of my earlier posts on choice of car. Btw how many people will be in the car and what do you think you will do with it? (only city? road trips? beach? off road?)

      -S

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    2. Thanks for the reply. We actually got a '09 ford focus about week ago. It had only 32k on the odometer. We just need a car for the train station and the occasional road trip and the occasional days at the beach. Not really off-road right now. Was a little apprehensive as its our first time getting a used car.

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    3. Congrats on your purchase. The Focus is quite a nice car to drive, handling-wise. You might find your future cars a little sloppy in comparison ;)

      -S

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  6. Thanks for your sharing regarding migration experience.Your blog is just the right one for me because I am now also considering migrate to Australia. But I am not sure what is the difficulty to get a job over there. I am engineer in power industry, I am not sure whether the demand from this industry is there?

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  7. do you feel homesick? are there any moments that you feel like returning to singapore?

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    1. Hard to feel homesick when one is already home, isn't it?

      And in case you didn't get it, the answers are No, and No.

      -S

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  8. Hello, I was referred to your blog by one of your readers ( limpehft), id just like to ask a few questions about migrating as a teacher since it seems to be the easiest path and the only one i possibly could qualify for in the skilled occupations list.
    I will be graduating with a BSc Pharm from NUS in 3 months, and what would be the best course for me to migrate to the Aus?
    Should I just stick to doing pharmacy for now ( not on the shortage list)? and hope to get a relevant job there, i know it is very hard to get registered as a pharmacist overseas.

    Should i go to NIE and get my teaching qualification in SG ( will cost another 22k :( unless i have a 3 year bond) or can you get that in Aus instead?

    Is there a postgraduate training in education or something of the sort? I have been researching but I am rather confused.

    Do you feel that teaching will be taken off the shortage list soon?

    Thank you so much if you could possibly help me. I really want to make the most of my youth to experience life in a different country.

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    1. Hi Emily,

      I would recommend get your PGDE in sg (obviously from NIE). But go for SECONDARY school PGDE, and do your own research as to which subject teachers are in demand over here.

      There's very little anyone but yourself can do for you at this stage. You need to research a great deal. Even an agent wouldn't be of much use until you've acquired the paper qualifications AND relevant work experience as a teacher.

      It's not easy, but if you have the beginnings of a vision, you will get there if you work at it.

      No idea whether teaching or any other job will be off the SOL, but imho teaching will sit there for a while more. We need secondary school teachers, not primary school teachers, last we checked anyway. If you get PGDE primary, it's as good as useless, even if you get a secondary school teaching job...

      The alternative is working holiday visa, not sure if sinkies are eligible for this in Oz. But definitely can get one for NZ. It's a short term thing and networking/recce aside, won't ensure that you can get anywhere with it (PR-wise).

      Happy to answer a few of your questions, but any more from us will sail over your head until you've done your own research.

      -S

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    2. Thank you so much for your advice It is a path I will definitely consider. Being stuck here is kind of depressing for me, I originally planned to join some family in the UK (not direct relation so she cant bring me over) but with the migrant crisis it is really hard.

      I don't think Singaporeans are eligible for the OZ one anymore, I would love to consider a working holiday visa in nz but I am really not sure what kind of job I would get beyond minimum wage ones.

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  9. Sorry for all the long questions! :)
    I can just relate to you guys alot about not having kids, wanting to move to another country with many more adventures to do. You guys are lucky to have each other, but i really am fine being alone and would love love love to spend my 20s in Australia just living in a country with loads of variety. this is a great blog- keep it up :)

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    1. Thanks for the compliments :)

      Whether you want ten kids as a single mum, want to be single, want to be married, all good as long as you're happy with your choice, and to hell with those who want to put you down or impose their views of how you should live your life ;)

      -S

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  10. Hello, I have another question..should I choose to pursure my PGDE at junior college level would that exempt me from falling under the "secondary school" teacher definition in the SOL?


    Also , in general do junior college teachers earn more than secondary school teachers ( i want to know because migration is expensive I want to plan for my finances)
    the science teacher market is saturated at the moment so I am looking into maximizing my options and your opinion would help a lot. I am doing as much research as I can and would love your advice.

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    1. Hi Emily.

      We haven't looked at the details for teachers on the SOL. Have you? (I thought that secondary school teacher is the one in demand, but we have no vested interest in keeping tabs on how demand has shifted.. so...)

      Top tip, as mentioned to you before, you really need to do more homework. Asking here is fine, but build your own networks and draw information from the source. The closer it is to the origin, the more accurate it is likely to be. :)

      -S

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    2. 241411 is now flagged for removal - https://www.education.gov.au/flagged-occupations-sol-2015-2016

      The age range for Sec, defined by AITSL, is 13-18. For SG its 13-17 (acc to my practicum statement).

      Hope this snippet of info helps.

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    3. In other words this means not much difference in migration prospects whether Emily chooses JC or Secondary...

      Good find, we didn't know of this list! Well, here's hoping for teachers that it doesn't get taken off the list, or at least it remains on CSOL, better than nothing.

      -S

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  11. Hi, I have just sent in my portfolio to be assessed by AITSL.
    I wonder how is the education job market like in Victoria, Melbourne? Are there more supply than demand for science teachers? I understand science teachers occupation is listed in the state occupation list. But not sure if the real demand is there?

    For your advice please.

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    1. Hi Joey.

      We have no idea. But I'm just wondering, what have you attempted to find out, at your end?

      Knowing that will go some way to pointing you in the correct direction

      -S

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  12. Hi there! I have been reading and doing alot of research on my own for migrating to Oz.

    Here are a few things i managed to achieved:
    1) Gotten SubClass 189 Visa in Apr 15
    2) Gotten Medicare Card in Dec 15

    What i am waiting for now is to clear my ROD from NS and hope to look for job somewhere in Sep.

    I have also researched on the budget of a rental accomodation (both urban and suburbs in melbourne) and used car types (below 8k, probably a used mitshibishi colt 1.5l make 2005-2006 or volkswagen passat make 2005-2006) if im staying in surburbs

    Can you advise on estimated how much should i have for savings to survive for the first 3 months in melbourne (for both staying in urban with no car and staying in suburbs with a car)?

    Great fan of your blog by the way! :)

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    1. How long is a piece of string? You'll hear that saying quite often here, if you ask questions like these.

      Congrats btw!

      I would say stick to jap makes, and small cars tend to be overpriced and only offer good advantages driving to town, where it really sucks to drive anyway. I personally see no sense in buying a small car, unless you intend to do courier jobs. Would avoid VW unless you really have to have a Golf R, which is about the only thing I would bother with. But I would avoid VW anyway. Oh, and small cars!

      Rental ranges from $130 per week for an okay room in the outer suburbs (house share) to the sky depending on what you want.

      So it depends on how much you wish to compromise and play around. If you spend more than $30 per month for mobile service, you are doing it completely wrong.

      That's about all I will give, off the top of my head. Hope it helps as a good starting point.

      -S

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  13. Hi S!

    Thank you for your blog.
    It has been a really great source of information and motivation for me.

    If I recall correctly, you had a job as a car mechanic before.
    Can I know how you managed to get into that job?
    Did you have to take any courses e.g. TAFE?

    I will be arriving in Melb with my family and without any job in August this year.

    You can email me at aaron.lim@gmail.com should you wish to reply over email.

    Many thanks!

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  14. Hi Aaron,

    You wrote:

    Hi S!

    Thank you for your blog.
    It has been a really great source of information and motivation for me.

    If I recall correctly, you had a job as a car mechanic before.
    Can I know how you managed to get into that job?
    Did you have to take any courses e.g. TAFE?

    I will be arriving in Melb with my family and without any job in August this year.

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    I got my first car mechanic job at a small workshop from a church contact. Back then I was doing a Certificate 3 in Automotive from one of the Tafes. You will need some official certification before you can get a proper job.

    After that, I managed to get a job at some other dealership, through a contact from my Tafe teacher. I applied for another job as a tire tech / wheel aligner at a tyre joint and landed that as well.

    I wouldn't recommend this trade. It's not suitable for Singaporeans, and I doubt you'd be less Singaporean than me. :)

    I would however, recommend joining the Melbourne Sg Kampung Facebook group. Look them up, it might be a useful resource...

    -S

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