I am goin to ditch the job and take off for a RTW trip in late 2005. In fact i'm currently looking at getting a RTW ticket, spending some time in S.America and then going on to Australia on a working visa for a year and then on to New Zealand to do the same thing.
My theory is when and if I find somewhere that has the magic I'm looking for (friendly people, weather, lifestyle) I would probably find work and settle there. On this note is it difficult to come by work in Australia or New Zealand. I have previously worked in a telecommunications and IT environment (in army), and wonder if firms can sponser someone who is working for them if they have the right skills? Are the employers fair?
I have so many questions it's unreal as I've always had my present job full time and I'm not sure about just taking off!
Hope to hear from someone soon
I think you'll find all that magic here in New zealand! Its quite small
(4 mill people) but a really cool place to be.
Work wise there's always alot to do- the more qualified and experienced you are the better. IT is a big industry here especially in major cities.
Im not sure about the sponsoring side of things but there are alot of multinational companies so u might foind someone in your home area with links here.
I don't know how pay compares but New Zealand in general is quite reasonable for pay.
There are lots of employment websites to give u an idea of whats on offer.
try www.seek.co.nz or
www.netcheck.co.nz for samples.
Good luck with your travelling and job hunting!
Just do it!
Me and my partner left our jobs and took our kids (8+11) around the world with us for a year (www.gypsyjournal.com)
A forces history is impressive to most employers in the future - my partner was in the Navy for ten years. It will look good on your CV wherever you settle. The only problem my other half had was that she can't be specific about the work she did - official secrets etc., except to say that she was in communications.
Oz fits the 'friendly people, weather, lifestyle' to a 'tee'. But if activities are your thing, you might find NZ more to your liking.