Four years on...

Old Dec 14th 2013, 1:48 pm
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Default Four years on...

Firstly my apologies for being such a slacker post visa grant on this forum.

With the guilt off my chest I'll continue....

Since my initial euphoria at being granted a 176 visa, which was in hindsight a stroke of genius by the State of Victoria, I'd like to add a word of caution to those considering hopping various ponds to emigrate here.

In much the same way America spruked itself in the 1980s as having roads paved with gold for immigrants, states like Victoria, Western Australia and the NT, have pimped themselves pretty hard to get skilled-sponsored migrants on board (for various reasons).

In retrospect, for a city boy like me from London, Victoria was something of a step backwards.

For me, Melbourne appeared to be more of a large country town than a centre of business, so the two years in bondage to the state somewhat tempered the level of excitement I felt about moving to this wonderful country.

Since being relieved of this burden, I've moved to Sydney (Pyrmont specifically) and very much come in to my own.

This city excels on many levels, both domestic and international by comparison, not the least of which being sophistication.

This town is filled with immigrants from all walks, who by design or chance, find themselves in a city which substantially rewards innovation and drive, as well a recognising and rewarding a really healthy work/life balance.

For anyone considering a move "down under', who hails from a reasonably major metropolitan area, Sydney is the city for you.

Wishing everyone the very best with their own quest, and a robust drunkenness for the holidays.

Alex.
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Congrats on the 4 years Alex

Citizenship next?
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Interesting post, thanks for sharing. I will be moving from London in a year's time and have been considering relocating to a smaller town initially due to potential job offers. I'm surprised to hear you found Melbourne somewhat provincial though. I guess the only way to find out is to spend some time there.
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Originally Posted by Perpetual Tourist View Post
Interesting post, thanks for sharing. I will be moving from London in a year's time and have been considering relocating to a smaller town initially due to potential job offers. I'm surprised to hear you found Melbourne somewhat provincial though. I guess the only way to find out is to spend some time there.
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I could live in Sydney but much prefer Melbourne for my reasons..

Other people will find fault with Sydney...

Both cities have people from all cultures, and a degree of sophistication that perhaps other cities in turn might not have...

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