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Advice needed on moving to Oz / Nz from South Africa?

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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 kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

It is hard leaving the place you grew up in and love, and it also difficult to start all over again.
Both Australia and NZ are relatively safe, especially compared with SA. The only unfortunate thing is that you are coming at an economically bad time. Unemployment will steeply rise as the financial crisis worsens. I would recommend hitting Western Australia first as they have been booming in the past (of course this is no indicator of the future). There is a alot of growth there and a shortage of skilled staff. Also there is a huge SA group there, they seem to all know each other...maybe getting into contact somehow would be benficial?
Also try the employment websites...particular industries are stronger in different areas. Try That would be a good start.

Good Luck

3. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm gonna say the same thing. western OZ seems to be the place to go for work. probably perth for what you are looking for. but don't rule out the big eastern cities either.

From what I hear it's easier to get into OZ/NZ through NZ. They give americans visas up to 35 years old. not sure about south africans but that might be something to look into.

I worked in advertising as well and tried to get a job in NZ but the economy hasn't been too great lately and since I only have around 4 years experience I had a hard time getting hired over kiwis with the same experience.

Good luck. look around online maybe you'll come across a company willing to sponsor you and give you a chance. I know most companies want to see that you already have a work visa but you seem to have tons of experience and that should count for something.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 12, 2009, at 10:37 AM by Cool Paul ]