Hey guys I wondered if you could help me?
I have been in Australia on a WHV and second WHV for nearly 2 years. It runs out in February. I came here on a whim because I wanted to get away from the UK but haven't really had the money to go and see much of Oz at all so have only been out of Sydney a few times. However I really like it here but have planned a big trip for ages but doesn't look like it will happen until I have stashed the cash. I also have loads of friends here, and unlike in the UK, they aren't scattered all over the place.
I am coming to the end of my visa and have a number of options. I could stay and my current company have agreed to sponsor me. The wage is low and not what I want to do career wise but I also have apart time research job online which makes up for it for a text company in the UK. In the mean time this would buy me more time to save up and go away, I could also apply for permanent residency if I want after a few months more. My best friend has a wedding back in the UK in October which I have to go to. I also have the option of studying here and there are a few more pluses to it too.
Second option is to go to NZ on a WHV and just get on with travelling and wing it and stop worrying about careers.
Third option is going back to the UK, living with parents again rent free, stash up loads of cash and go off for a few months. This option would be quicker but I would lose my independence and would be stuck in Bury St Edmunds instead of Sydney. If I really want to come back I can work towards coming back here in a couple of years. I really don't know if I want to go back to the UK or not or if I am just scared of going back to 'real life'!
I haven't decided what I want to do career wise yet either, I need to commit to something and make my mind up but I am finding it hard to decide!
Any advice or similar stories would be appreciated!
I'd go with my gut and it sounds to me like your gut is leaning towards Australia (not a bad choice either I might add ). Especially since you'll be going back to the UK if you take that option anyway, it makes sense to me. You can stay longer and see how the UK suits you on the return trip. If you really like it and realize you're missing something, you can always pack up after that and head back-going back is always an option I have told myself when making similar choices! Then again, that got me stuck up here in Oslo so my advice might not be the best (just kidding; I love this country!).
I am a firm believer than all the answers one needs personally are with in us.
If you have it in you, sit in a quiet spot, relaxed and happy. Ask yourself what it is you want most to do. I promise dollars to donuts the answer will come if you can just listen to yourself.
I know some people find this harder than others....give it a go see what happens.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 27, 2007, at 12:21 PM by I-Travel ]
Thanks for the good advice. I think if I am honest I am only flapping about careers because I see people making progress around me, however I can't settle until I have done the whole 'big trip' thing and I don't want to never experiences that. I guess I have my whole life to worry about that so if I spent the next year or so working intensively towards the traveling and put it as a priority I'll be on track. Plus, Sydney isn't a bad place to do it in I guess! I should stop yielding to my quarterlife crisis!
I had the same decision to make a few months ago. I was coming to the end of my WHV in New Zealand and had planned to go on travelling for 6 more months in Asia, but I hadn't managed to save anything near what I wanted.
So, in the end I decided to come home to Ireland, live with my parents, work and save for 6 months before heading back out there.
Didn't work out quite the way I planned though....
I got home and have worked for the 6 months and ahve saved next to nothing (are we noticing a trend here ) I'd forgotten how expensive it is to live in Ireland and even living rent free I've still managed to squander most of my wages meeting up with friends I hadn't seen while I was away travelling for 18 months.
I'm still heading off again in January but I'll have to now go and teach English or something for 6 months to a year anyway just to save up the cash to travel Asia. So was I really better off coming home? I'm not sure.
On the plus side, it was great to actually just get back, touch base, see all my friends and family before heading of travelling again.
Looking at your particular options, I'd say head off to NZ and work for a while - new place, new people, next leg on the journey.
I'd say stay in Aus for a few more months and apply for Permanent Residency. Then you can worry about what to do next. If you do go home after that, coming back to Australia and finding work will be so much easier if you have PR.
Don't worry about careers - as long as you have enough cash to live on I don't think it really matters.
I'd suggest making an arrangement with your present employer that you get sponsored by them and apply for citizenship, then you could go on to N.Z. for a holiday, really enjoy that wonderful country and return to Aus. much cheaper way to do things than coming back tot he UK and trying to save.
Thanks guys. I forgot to say that my employer is also my ex and it is quite a difficult working environment for a number of reasons and the money is rubbish. So I decided to go home, work for 4/5 months and do Europe in Summer then work some more before doing Asia and will then come and use my New Zealand visa. I'll save alot in the long run doing it that way without paying for food and rent.