25 &23 y'o - Leavin UK for a 1yr to live/work in Oz. Advice?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific 25 &23 y'o - Leavin UK for a 1yr to live/work in Oz. Advice?

1. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, can anybody give me any advice on the practicalities of quitting our jobs and leaving the UK for Australia? Obviously I will do my own research but I was wondering if anybody else had actually done this or know anybody who has done this..

Me and my girlfriend of 7 years are thinking about quitting our (low pay) jobs to go and live in Oz for anything up to a year. I have an itch that needs scratching to do some travelling, however she's not the backpacking type, so I thought this would be a good way to meet in the middle - work over there, save money (if possible when renting a flat?), then spend a while seeing the sights. We would be doing almost the same as we are now in the UK, just scratching around earning enough month to month, neither of us are on a career path so we are thinking do something like this so we have something memorable to look back on.

She is a beauty therapist with 6 years experience and plenty of courses under her belt, I am a worker in a shop with a degree in geography that hasn't been of any use yet, I would only expect to enter another minimum wage job when over there, or is this too pessimistic?

Any advice or experience would come in very handy as I am just beginning to look into this.

Thanks!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1877 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, can anybody give me any advice on the practicalities of quitting our jobs and leaving the UK for Australia? Obviously I will do my own research but I was wondering if anybody else had actually done this or know anybody who has done this..

Go to almost any travel site any day and there are people asking similar questions.

People from elsewhere see Australia as the land of opportunity, sunshine and beaches. Like everywhere else, it has unemployment problems and some who go there end up on a minimum wage doing very hard work and others end up going home after their money runs out, with no job.

Australia is not that cheap either. In your position I would like enough to survive on for three months at least (as well as an open ticket home). Even if you do manage to find a job, it will probably be a month before you get your first wages.