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Old Jun 28th 2010, 9:38 pm
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Just wanted to share, I am so excited

This is all so sudden!! Basically after a dire week at work a few weeks ago I speculatively sent my CV off to an agency that had links with the UK just to see what was out there. They put me forward for a couple of jobs and an amazing opportunity arose in Auckland - professionally right up my street, well paid, good location in town. Now, (as some peeps will see from my other posts) Auckland was not part of the plan at all, but work is work and I do rather like Auckland and hubby said oh well why not, if I must blah blah (he is from South Island say no more )

So, based on the sound advice that some peeps on here had given me i.e. go over with a secure job, be practical not pie in the sky, I took the plunge and applied thinking what the heck life is too short. I got a 1st interview (where my Skype failed me and all they could see was a talking animated cat ), went through to 2nd interview, thought I'd done really badly even though I had fixed my Skype and figured it wasn't meant to be.

Well you could have blown me down with a feather - Wednesday last week my spousal visa got approved then on Friday morning I got the job offer And after talking about it all weekend (admittedly with the aid of several nice glasses of wine) we are gonna do it! It's totally sudden and rather frightening but completely exhilarating at the same time! I mean, even if Auckland is the big smoke equivalent, I'd rather be in NZ smoke than sitting in London smoke totally miserable and sad wondering what would have been (29 degrees and sunshine notwithstanding!).

So I've accepted the job, my passport is at New Zealand House getting its magic stamp and we are looking at booking our flights once it comes back. The only real logistical hurdle is now getting our little Cavalier King Charles spaniel (and the light of our lives) over safely and finding her a nice house with a little patch of garden she can call her own

Wish me luck as I hand my notice in at work tomorrow and hope to meet some of you on the other side for a few celebrationary drinks! Thanks to all on this forum for their help and support - some of the stories on here are inspirational and have really helped us out

(by the way I hope I have posted this in the right section apologies if I have not! Oh and I do love the UK too just ready for a change now!)

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Old Jun 28th 2010, 10:04 pm
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Just wanted to share, I am so excited

This is all so sudden!! Basically after a dire week at work a few weeks ago I speculatively sent my CV off to an agency that had links with the UK just to see what was out there. They put me forward for a couple of jobs and an amazing opportunity arose in Auckland - professionally right up my street, well paid, good location in town. Now, (as some peeps will see from my other posts) Auckland was not part of the plan at all, but work is work and I do rather like Auckland and hubby said oh well why not, if I must blah blah (he is from South Island say no more )

So, based on the sound advice that some peeps on here had given me i.e. go over with a secure job, be practical not pie in the sky, I took the plunge and applied thinking what the heck life is too short. I got a 1st interview (where my Skype failed me and all they could see was a talking animated cat ), went through to 2nd interview, thought I'd done really badly even though I had fixed my Skype and figured it wasn't meant to be.

Well you could have blown me down with a feather - Wednesday last week my spousal visa got approved then on Friday morning I got the job offer And after talking about it all weekend (admittedly with the aid of several nice glasses of wine) we are gonna do it! It's totally sudden and rather frightening but completely exhilarating at the same time! I mean, even if Auckland is the big smoke equivalent, I'd rather be in NZ smoke than sitting in London smoke totally miserable and sad wondering what would have been (29 degrees and sunshine notwithstanding!).

So I've accepted the job, my passport is at New Zealand House getting its magic stamp and we are looking at booking our flights once it comes back. The only real logistical hurdle is now getting our little Cavalier King Charles spaniel (and the light of our lives) over safely and finding her a nice house with a little patch of garden she can call her own

Wish me luck as I hand my notice in at work tomorrow and hope to meet some of you on the other side for a few celebrationary drinks! Thanks to all on this forum for their help and support - some of the stories on here are inspirational and have really helped us out

(by the way I hope I have posted this in the right section apologies if I have not! Oh and I do love the UK too just ready for a change now!)
Congratulations Guys, the rollercoaster starts now. See you in Auckland for drinks
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Good luck!

Though why you need luck for that I don't know... I'm itching to hand my notice in - should be fun!
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Congratulations... we're hoping to head out to Auckland in the next few months ourselves. Scary but exciting, it too has all sort of happened quickly for us, although I'm not counting my chickens (as they say!!!) until we're on the plane with a one way ticket

Best of luck with it all and I hope you, your hubby and the light of your lives are all very happy in Auckland.
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Good luck!

Though why you need luck for that I don't know... I'm itching to hand my notice in - should be fun!
Well I've only been there a year but quite frankly it has been a year of hell (although my boss is amazing I don't know quite how he manages to stay sane because I can't!). Feel sad and like I'm letting him down a bit but at the end of the day family is more important than a job. I'd like to think I'm good at what I do but I'm hardly indespensible

When are you handing your notice in?
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Hi

Fantastic news!
It is obviously meant to be!

Very best wishes and luck, and hope your arrival goes as smoothly!

keep posting , we are heading to probably Auckland late Nov/Dec so we'll be up any meet ups then!

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Fantastic what a whirlwind for you. Good luck with handing in your notice

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Congrats!!
i found handing in my notice really traumatic! i felt like i was letting them down too! but as you say... you are not the last employee in the world!

we live in Auckland ( 1 month almost) and we are loving it. we live in the Eastern suburbs and its a great location. can well recommend it, rather than living right in the heart of the city.

good luck with the move

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Just wanted to share, I am so excited

This is all so sudden!! Basically after a dire week at work a few weeks ago I speculatively sent my CV off to an agency that had links with the UK just to see what was out there. They put me forward for a couple of jobs and an amazing opportunity arose in Auckland - professionally right up my street, well paid, good location in town. Now, (as some peeps will see from my other posts) Auckland was not part of the plan at all, but work is work and I do rather like Auckland and hubby said oh well why not, if I must blah blah (he is from South Island say no more )

So, based on the sound advice that some peeps on here had given me i.e. go over with a secure job, be practical not pie in the sky, I took the plunge and applied thinking what the heck life is too short. I got a 1st interview (where my Skype failed me and all they could see was a talking animated cat ), went through to 2nd interview, thought I'd done really badly even though I had fixed my Skype and figured it wasn't meant to be.

Well you could have blown me down with a feather - Wednesday last week my spousal visa got approved then on Friday morning I got the job offer And after talking about it all weekend (admittedly with the aid of several nice glasses of wine) we are gonna do it! It's totally sudden and rather frightening but completely exhilarating at the same time! I mean, even if Auckland is the big smoke equivalent, I'd rather be in NZ smoke than sitting in London smoke totally miserable and sad wondering what would have been (29 degrees and sunshine notwithstanding!).

So I've accepted the job, my passport is at New Zealand House getting its magic stamp and we are looking at booking our flights once it comes back. The only real logistical hurdle is now getting our little Cavalier King Charles spaniel (and the light of our lives) over safely and finding her a nice house with a little patch of garden she can call her own

Wish me luck as I hand my notice in at work tomorrow and hope to meet some of you on the other side for a few celebrationary drinks! Thanks to all on this forum for their help and support - some of the stories on here are inspirational and have really helped us out

(by the way I hope I have posted this in the right section apologies if I have not! Oh and I do love the UK too just ready for a change now!)
Congratulations
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We are off!
Does this mean you are excited or in need of a shower.

Congrats & well done to you and your animated talking cat.
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Congratulations I love handing my notice in, as it means a new chapter is just around the corner .
Good luck with your plans.
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Congratulations

Still laughing about the animated cat-that must have been quite surreal
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congratulations, what job do you do?
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Great news,well done on the job.

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Congratulations! Well done on the job offer. All the best for your exciting adventure
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