Go Back   British Expats / Living & Moving Abroad / Australia

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools
Old Apr 10th 2015, 4:48 am   #1
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 33
yellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant future
Default Better city for job search, Bris/Melb

Hello,

We are planning to relocate to Australia in July and have no jobs as of now. We've been steadily applying for the last few months with a few promising leads but nothing seems to have materialised as yet. My husband is a bioinformatician and I am in Software (although I am looking to switch careers and possibly do a course) so its really him that's looking for jobs right now.
We are very undecided about which city to live in during our job search. So far most of the job leads we have gotten seem to be from Brisbane and the cost of living is perhaps lower there too, compared to Melbourne. However, I realise Melbourne is a bigger city and there could be more possibilities that open up once we are actually there.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please keep in mind that he is in Science which is very different from IT. Not sure if there is anyone with a scientific background in this forum. Would love your inputs.

Thanks!
yellowpuppy is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2015, 9:44 am   #2
Forum Regular
 
Perpetual Tourist's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: West London
Posts: 158
Perpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond reputePerpetual Tourist has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Better city for job search, Bris/Melb

Hi yellowpuppy,

Are you ruling out Sydney? Looking in general for the keyword "Bioinformatics" on job-sites, the majority of positions seem to be there?
__________________
ANZSCO 252411: 5/9/13 | EoI (189): 30/9/13 | Invite: 21/10/13 | Lodged: 27/10/13 | CO contact 2/12/13 | 189 Visa Granted: 30/12/13 | Validation trip: 4/8/14 - 2/9/14
Perpetual Tourist is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2015, 9:53 am   #3
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 33
yellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant future
Default Re: Better city for job search, Bris/Melb

well, so far Melbourne and Sydney have had about the same number of opportunities but Sydney is so much more expensive. I am not sure if it makes sense to make it our base while we are still looking for jobs.
yellowpuppy is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2015, 10:13 am   #4
Beoz 
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 10,798
Beoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Better city for job search, Bris/Melb

Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowpuppy View Post
well, so far Melbourne and Sydney have had about the same number of opportunities but Sydney is so much more expensive. I am not sure if it makes sense to make it our base while we are still looking for jobs.
So? Which location is paying the money?
Beoz is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2015, 10:20 am   #5
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 33
yellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant futureyellowpuppy has a brilliant future
Default Re: Better city for job search, Bris/Melb

Yes, but just rent alone in Sydney is significantly higher and its not like there are abounding opportunities there either. I just don't see the cost/benefit, which is why we are contemplating between Melb/Brisbane. It is not an easy problem to solve, on the one hand we want to maximise any chance of getting jobs (sooner the better, obviously) and at the same time we would want to go easy on the spending so we can last longer incase we don't get jobs soon enough.
Ofcourse, there is the possibility of taking other jobs in the meantime to sustain ourselves but I don't know how easy or tough that will be. Wow, i just go into such a panic everytime i think about this.
Sorry for the rant.
yellowpuppy is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2015, 11:53 am   #6
Beoz 
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 10,798
Beoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond reputeBeoz has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Better city for job search, Bris/Melb

Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowpuppy View Post
Yes, but just rent alone in Sydney is significantly higher and its not like there are abounding opportunities there either. I just don't see the cost/benefit, which is why we are contemplating between Melb/Brisbane. It is not an easy problem to solve, on the one hand we want to maximise any chance of getting jobs (sooner the better, obviously) and at the same time we would want to go easy on the spending so we can last longer incase we don't get jobs soon enough.
Ofcourse, there is the possibility of taking other jobs in the meantime to sustain ourselves but I don't know how easy or tough that will be. Wow, i just go into such a panic everytime i think about this.
Sorry for the rant.
Sounds like you have already solved the problem by using domain.com.au.

Brisbane it is.
Beoz is offline  
Old Apr 11th 2015, 10:38 am   #7
Victorian Evangelist
Premium Member
 
Buzzy--Bee's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: Melbourne, by the beach, living the dream.
Posts: 7,669
Buzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond reputeBuzzy--Bee has a reputation beyond repute
Smile Re: Better city for job search, Bris/Melb

Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowpuppy View Post
Hello,

We are planning to relocate to Australia in July and have no jobs as of now. We've been steadily applying for the last few months with a few promising leads but nothing seems to have materialised as yet. My husband is a bioinformatician and I am in Software (although I am looking to switch careers and possibly do a course) so its really him that's looking for jobs right now.
We are very undecided about which city to live in during our job search. So far most of the job leads we have gotten seem to be from Brisbane and the cost of living is perhaps lower there too, compared to Melbourne. However, I realise Melbourne is a bigger city and there could be more possibilities that open up once we are actually there.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please keep in mind that he is in Science which is very different from IT. Not sure if there is anyone with a scientific background in this forum. Would love your inputs.

Thanks!
Very sensible to put ability to get employment at the top of your wish list. So many people ignore this.

We also were choosing between Melbourne and Brisbane and chose Melbourne primarily because of more jobs in my field (IT). However Melbourne also has tons of other great stuff going for it, and I am so glad we chose to live here. One item on our wish list was being able to walk to the beach within commuting distance of the CBD. We could do that in Melbourne, but not in Brisbane.

BB
__________________
MELBOURNE SHORT TERM ACCOMMODATION - FURNISHED SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENT AVAILABLE,
walk to shops, beach and station. Send me a PM for further details.
Buzzy--Bee is offline  
Old Apr 12th 2015, 6:24 am   #8
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 10,368
jad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond reputejad n rich has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Better city for job search, Bris/Melb

We moved down from qld to melbourne in february.

Its very competitive here to get work, I think there are more jobs advertised but there are 2 million more people of course!

My partner is still working in QLD (construction project manager) on a fly in fly out basis.

Even the kids getting part time work while at UNI, has not been the walk in the park we thought it would be. Most of their fellow Students are working for very low wages, on foreign visas. It was not a factor we had taken into account.

One now has a job, but its below minimum wage despite being 21 now.

You have quite specific fields you work in, I would come out, visit both places and see what the job situation really is before you make the jump. Moving to one city then deciding the other one would be better for you personally can be an expensive business.
__________________
Itinerant member ....

Last edited by jad n rich; Apr 12th 2015 at 6:28 am.
jad n rich is offline  
Closed Thread

Go Back   British Expats / Living & Moving Abroad / Australia


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT. The time now is 11:02 pm.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Powered by vBulletin: ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
© 1999-2010 BritishExpats.com