Monday, 7 March 2016

A letter from a reader

Hi S,

Many thanks for sharing your email and your reply.

I am ok for you to publish the replies in the comment, would like to share the information with others should anyone else need it.

I have quite a number of questions to ask so I’ll just reply you via email, if that’s ok with you.
No hurry but do hope you have time to reply.

A little background, I am from the IT profession for most of my career, SAP consultant to be exact.
However, i truly enjoy more hands on work, and i have a passion for cars, engines, etc.
I also don’t mind getting down and dirty with regards to that.
My initial career plan was automotive engineering, but how I never got to doing that is another story altogether.

Here are my questions:

1. Which TAFE centre did you attend? I will be based in Melbourne too, Narre Warren.


I attended Menzies Institute of Technology. No comments. They're alright I guess.

2. Are there a lot of jobs available for car mechanic/tyre tech?


There are plenty of jobs around, the last I checked. But they are not too easy to land. The old cliche: Attitude determines your altitude, will apply

3. Is the income ok being a car mechanic/tyre tech? Can have a comfortable living? I’m not expecting to be a high income earner but just wondering if the income will be comfortable for a typical family of 3.
Would you mind giving some indicative figures of how much I can earn?


I would say it's not ok. You will be lucky to start at 40k per annum before tax. Although your tax rate will be low, given the low income and tax reliefs from having 3 kids. I hope your spouse intends to earn more than that...

If you are doing well and have a couple of years under your belt, you will be looking at 50 ish to 60. About the same as average non-managerial, non-professional office jobs.

4. What is your career plans? Are you still a tyre tech and plan to continue pursuing this direction?


I prefer not to disclose my plans for the future. But I've left that trade for good.

5. What are your overall thoughts on being a car mechanic/tyre tech, now that you have been doing it for some time?

Don't go for it. Have fun youtubing and wrenching on your own cars instead! Or gardening, home DIY, etc

6. Other than Certificate 3 in Automotive, what other related TAFE courses would you recommend?


If you choose to ignore everything before this question... I would study up till diploma level, just for the heck of it. It won't do much good though.

Please read all our earlier articles. It will give you a better clue. If you are the primary applicant under 189 visa, I will say don't even bother with this trade. Go into building or something. You will probably pay over 10 grand for your piece of cert, make it count.
7. Do you have any church to recommend? Are you attending an AOG based church? i’ve attended Hillsong in downtown Melbourne before but now that would be way too far.

I have been told that Narre Warren is not far from the city, so I'm not sure what you're on about. It's only on Sunday with no traffic anyway...


I'm not sure what is AOG-based, and no we do not attend church these days.

We used to attend a church in Springvale. I will not be so presumptuous as to recommend a place of worship to a stranger, so this is as far as I will go. No misgivings about them. They might even hook you up for work at a small workshop in Nunawading... If you have any issues then, check back with me again :)

Apart from that, trust all is going well with you and the missus.

Now that we have actually started our migration i.e. selling our house, quitting our jobs, etc, reality has set in and it is so different from just reading blogs and thinking of migration.

It is exciting but truly scary as well, which is why i have the utmost respect for people like yourselves.
Im sure you know exactly what i mean and how I feel.

Many thanks again S for your time, very very much appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

God helps those who help themselves, so why should we bother?

Hi everyone!

This post is partially inspired by some of our readers, as well as one of our friends, who has recently got an employer to sponsor him for a work visa in New Zealand.

We get a lot of queries on our blog. Once upon a time, when we could be bothered to blog, and to answer these queries, we did. But there came a time when we realised, why should we help those who spent so little effort to help themselves?

To be sure, some of you have done quite a bit of your own research, and want a bit more inputs. Others actually chip in, although you angels are relatively few and far between.

More about our friend. I won't even mention which industry he is in. It doesn't matter which industry you are in, it only matters that you bother to help yourself.

In short, he is based in Sg, has sent in numerous job applications, and I believe he has landed a job after a Skype interview. He has also been trying to apply for a PR in Oz, but has been stymied by IELTS thus far. Suffice to say that he's attempted IELTS quite a few times. I have no doubt that he will eventually have made it, but I am very happy for him that this alternative has came up. He calls it luck, and I can't disagree fully.

The question is, where would he be if he hadn't sent in his 50 or more job applications?

NZ might be the better choice for him. It certainly is a more beautiful place. Residency there comes with work rights in Oz too, should he wish to explore a different environment.

If you are wondering how is the job market in a certain part of the world, what have you done to find out? Have you tried applying for jobs or even just searching for jobs here? I sure hope you have, and maybe you did. But all I see at my end is someone possibly using a semi-dormant migration blog as a first, and possibly, only port of call.

I hope this gets some of you guys thinking. Because while there are useful resources for new migrants, including what this blog once was, a lot of it depends on the individual to put in the effort to find it.

Interestingly, those who have thanked us for writing and claim to have been inspired, tend to be the sort who have only themselves to credit for their success in settling down in Australia. Those whom we bother responding to, usually go away silently.

So pardon me if I speak a few words of truth and can't be fucked spoonfeeding you lot. You are probably better off for it :)

You are welcome!

-S