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    Hi everyone!

    Im a dual citizen Aus/Brit about to finish my degree here in Aus. I have nothing holding me back now and I plan on moving the Scotland as soon as I get that shiny piece of paper that says SCIENCE GRAD!

    As it is a fairly long haul from Aus I was wondering if there are any folk here who have made a similar move and have any tips for me?
    I also have a dog, who will stay with my parents here until I get myself situated over there. What are the things I need to consider to get her moved too?

    As my career is science based, I figure Ill need to move to one of the major cities, despite my heart being set on the highlands (damn those highlander romance novels). Is there a reputable organisation that helps graduates find suitable positions for employment? Or do people just search and apply?

    What is the accommodation scene like? Are there cities/areas I would not want to live in?

    Thanks in advance for your help guys, and if there is anything I might have forgotten and you think is valuable advice, please fire away! I am keen to start organising, and would appreciate all you can give.


  • #2
    My niece, also a dual citizen made the move a few years ago. She found it quite hard to find a relevant job, and ended up in London, where there were more opportunities. She ended up going home to Aus to do a Masters as her Aussie Bachelors wasn't deemed rigorous enough for the career path she wanted. She then came back, found a job in Brighton that she really wanted, stayed three years and then went home after a telephone interview for her dream job in Melbourne! She then met an Englishman, from Brighton, of all places, and they had a great wedding here in the UK two years later. They have almost completed building their home in NSW and hope to move in before Christmas.

    I've visited Aus a few times and LOVE it, just not enough to move there permanently!


    • #3
      Australia is beautiful, no doubt, and there are things I know I will miss when I leave. But have you ever felt that part of you is missing? I feel whole when I visit Scotland, like some part of my soul will always be stuck there.
      A part of me is scared that it's all some rediculous girly romance thing, but I won't know until I give in and take that chance.
      To be perfectly honest, I'd be content to just work in a highland pub for a while until I find an entry level science based position. Though I do envisage many situations where I will be the butt of a joke...

      Did your niece just pack a bag and give it a go? Or did she try to organise things before leaving?


      • #4
        Oh, she had a plan!

        She was to live with us until she got settled. In reality that was about six months. Before she left home she arranged a 3 week Contiki European tour and as soon as she got here she arranged a Haggis tour of Scotland to get a feel for the place. She started applying for jobs, but found bar work to keep her going. She registered with recruitment companies, some online before she left home.

        One thing she did find was that whilst she was free to work and live here forever if she felt like it, some companies openly questioned her long time commitment and kept mentioning 'I bet you get homesick often'. It was infuriating and, I suspect, illegal, too


        • #5
          A haggis tour? That sounds slightly dubious.... I am intrigued.

          I have found it difficult to apply for jobs from Aus. I'm assuming they see my address and think it's too difficult waiting for someone to relocate across the globe. Don't you get it? I don't plan on leaving once I get there!

          I have friends down in Preston who are happy to have me stay until I get settled, it's not that bad a train ride all things considered, but would obviously be much easier to be organised prior to leaving.

          What are some good organisations that assist in finding work?


          • #6
            Nothing dubious, just basic
            Haggis Adventures - Affordable Tours of Scotland, England and Wales

            What's your speciality? Some Science degrees from Aus are not 'transferrable skills'.


            • #7
              Thanks for the link.
              I majored in biology, but my focus is zoonotic disease and ecology. I'm hoping that the skills I have are transferable


              • #8
                If you are still about RedFox I suggest you try the site at :

                UK Working Holiday Jobs & Travel Visas | Healthcare, Teaching & More

                In my opinion a short term plan is the best option as it can take at least a year, if not longer, to decide if another country and culture is the right permanent fit for you. I promise you, after the first few months, living and working in another country bears no resemblance to visiting on holiday. I speak from genuine experience, not just for myself, but for hundreds of other immigrants. And Polwarth is right about transferable skills. Even if you find employment, in today's economic climate, you can never be sure how long it will last. Having raised many kids in Scotland, I know how harsh life can be, especially finding employment and a decent place to live if you are single.

                But my comment relates more to bringing your dog. You might not want to read my opinion, but you did ask for advice.

                I don't mean to sound harsh, but if you genuinely love her, perhaps you should consider the unselfish act of leaving her at home. It would be unfair to transport her here after you have settled, only to find a year or so down the line that the UK is not the right place for you (or you lose your job). She might then have to endure another stressful journey back to Australia. Dog sitters in the UK can be expensive, city traveling to dog sitters is tiring and time consuming, especially in the harsh winters, (and you will need a stick shift car, costly car insurance, and be able to drive on dark icy roads), not all landlord accept pets, and in the UK we generally do not approve of dogs being left at home alone, and definitely not outside. So if your dog is happy healthy and loved where she is, why would you want to change that?

                We re-homed our dog in the UK before emigrating as we knew we could not give him the life he needed here. It completely broke our hearts to do so but we had to put his needs before our own. And long distance pet travel is not without its problems. Time of year, where the plane stops to re-fuel, the temperature in that country at that time, length of time on runway, where the dog is situated in the cargo hold are all factors that pet travel companies fail to tell you.

                I wish my post could be more positive, but you are single and looking to start a new adventure that with any luck will include socialising and possibly parties. But it will not be easy. There's a good reason why so many people in the UK are desperately trying to emigrate to Australia.

                Nevertheless it's important to have dreams and to follow them if possible. But they should be for you and you alone. Sometimes in life we all have to make hard decisions.