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Leaving South Africa and moving to Australia or New Zealand

Travel Forums Introductions Leaving South Africa and moving to Australia or New Zealand

1. Posted by RachelKim (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Everyone,

Im a 34 year old single female who sadly wants to leave my beautiful country, South Africa.... unfortunately, my family and myself have been affected by house-jackings, robberies at gunpoint, etc. and I fear staying here in my old age. I believe Australia can offer me a lifestyle that is similar to South Africa but without the crime, although New Zealand will be easier for me to get into.

I have approximately 14 years sales experience in the Advertising industry, including (but not limited to) Outdoor, Print, TV & Radio. I am currently a shareholder at Red Cherry Television working as an Account Director and Special Projects Manager & I feel I have a lot of experience and drive to offer the right company. I however do not have "degrees".... Is there anyone that can help me or advise me if Australia would still consider employing me? Also, where would be a good place to start puting out my feelers?

Anyones advice or comment will be most appreciated!:)

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6286 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Rachel,

Firstly welcome to Travellerspoint I'm sorry to hear things have gotten that bad in South Africa for you that you have to leave. It can never be a nice thing leaving a country you grew up in.

Regarding the job situation in Australia; I'd say this all depends on who you know, who you meet and how well you can present yourself. As someone with a lot of sales experience in the Advertising industry, I dare say you are pretty good at selling yourself. Your personality and experience should trump "degrees" in this industry. I worked in the media industry as a video and TV editor for a few years and I never did any degrees. A lot of people I knew didn't study to get where they were either. I think a background of success, some demonstrable experience and the luck of who you meet, are the main things. Probably similar to SA I'm guessing?

In terms of location, Sydney would have to be the place where more jobs are. Melbourne and other cities in Australia do have jobs of course, but Sydney is just a bigger market with more companies based there and a larger population. It's also more expensive to live in mind you and from a personal point of view, I'd rather live in Melbourne ;)

If you haven't already, have a look at AdNews, it's "Australia's top selling advertising, marketing and media magazine". Job listings are on there as well - not sure how comprehensive, but it's as good a place to start as any!


3. Posted by RachelKim (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Wow Peter! Thank you so much for your response! Im so glad I stumbled across Travellerspoint. I will definately look up on Adnews right away. Really grateful. Have an awesome 2009!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

In case you're still open to New Zealand, Auckland also has an office for most of the global agencies. I remember seeing Saatchi & Saatchi's beautiful, waterfront office there. Australia and NZ have really good advertising reputations. Don't know if they've been affected by the downturn of the economy, but lots of award-winning ads have come out of the countries. Always worth a try to apply!

Also, Dubai has been hiring for advertising jobs like mad the last few years. They're setting up offices at lightening speed and people are moving over for the weather, the benefits and the incredible salaries. A girl I worked with had about 4 offers waiting before she moved over--and she hadn't been in advertising for more than about 3 years. Dubai seems to be pretty up and coming...

Good luck!