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Sammy 4 eva!!!
Apr 11th, 2011, 12:45 PM
Hey guys.

So basically its been set in my mind now, that I really wanna live in a different country for a year. I love Australia, but I have always wanted to live somewhere else for a period of time.

I have narrowed it down to either england, or canada. And I was just wondering if you guys would be able to give me any advice on which option you think I should take?

Also, which suburbs or cities within these countries would be ideal?

:D

delicatecutter
Apr 11th, 2011, 12:53 PM
USA! :cheer:

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Apr 11th, 2011, 12:55 PM
I wanna go to USA. but its so hard to get a working visa. Cause im still 18, and have no uni qualifications :(

Bismarck.
Apr 11th, 2011, 12:56 PM
That depends. What will you doing in the country you'll move to? Studying? Working? Travelling? Are you looking to move here permanently or just for a temporary basis and if so, how long for? If you are working or studying, what fields interest you and what are you skilled at? What's your money situation like right now? Would you have enough money to rent in a city area? Sorry, but I can't give you that much help unless you give me more details.

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:02 PM
I wanna stay there for around a year. not looking to study. just looking to work, so i can afford an apartment and stuff. Im mainly doing it just to like experience another part of the world. and hopefully grow as a a person.

Id probably be looking for admin work. I currently work in a hospital as an admin officer, so something similar to that would be ideal.

Money-wise, im doing pretty good at the moment. I could afford a city apartment here in Australia, but I guess it depends on what sort of income I can gain over there as to what I can afford.

thanks heaps! :D

Bismarck.
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:10 PM
Without Uni qualifications, I think you'll find it hard to get a job here (UK), because a large amount of employers have those as basic criteria. If you do find anything, unfortunately it will be fairly bottom-of-the-barrel stuff and probably won't get you much over 15,000 a year (practically nothing if you plan on living in a big city like London where rents are sky-high). Also, unemployment is about 8% here right now so the jobs market is very competitive right now, so you have to make sure you stand out from the crowd as well.

I don't know about what requirements there are for people who work in admin over here, but again I'll think you find acquiring any employment here hard right now. If you don't mind me asking, how much (roughly) do you spend on rent every month?

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:14 PM
yeah I thought that could be the case. I was looking at places like birmingham and eastbourne and stuff as well. they would be cheaper than london right?

most admin work over here doesnt require qualifications, which is good. I spend $300 a week on rent. that is in AUD dollars. So about $1,200.

Just Do It
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:28 PM
You are moving to UK/Canada at the age of 18 with no uni qualification ? How are you gonna live ?

Bismarck.
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:32 PM
London rents are astronomical unless you live right in the inconvenient outskirts or in some grotty hole, so it's good that you're looking at other places. I've never been to Birmingham before but as it's a big city I'd imagine you'd be in a similar situation rent-wise to London and most people tend to be quite derogatory towards it as a place to live. :lol: It doesn't have a good reputation here. I wouldn't recommend Eastbourne, either, just because it isn't a very 'young' city.

If you were moving here, the cities/towns I would recommend would be Brighton (still quite expensive, but nice), Leeds, Bath, certain bits of Manchester, York, Oxford, Cambridge and also Edinburgh and Cardiff are very nice in my experience, too. It might also be worth exploring some smaller towns if you're interested in getting more of a change of scene from Brisbane. :D

From my own experience, I would avoid: Newcastle and the North East (hardest to find work), Portsmouth, Plymouth, Hull, Slough (My God, stay away from there), Leicester, Stoke and Milton Keynes. :lol:

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:35 PM
It's not set in concrete. It's just something that I would love to do.
So now I'm just researching, to see if it would be possible.

to be completely honest, I didn't think not having a uni qualification would be such a huge deal, as here in Australia. there are so many good paying jobs you can work in, without any sort of qualification.

That's why I'm asking aroun though, just so see if it's possible :)

Bismarck.
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:36 PM
In fairness, the majority of British cities are fairly shit. Why do you want to come here?

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:36 PM
hahaha. noted :D thanks so much for your help. I'm just worried about gaining employment.

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:37 PM
I've always though the UK was really interesting and diverse. but one of the main reasons, is there is a good attempt set up for young Australians who work in the uk. so I guess that played a big role.

canuckfan
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:52 PM
It's not set in concrete. It's just something that I would love to do.
So now I'm just researching, to see if it would be possible.

to be completely honest, I didn't think not having a uni qualification would be such a huge deal, as here in Australia. there are so many good paying jobs you can work in, without any sort of qualification.

That's why I'm asking aroun though, just so see if it's possible :)


You won't find that in Canada. Expect to be paid minimum salary, which is very low, between 7 $ and 10 $ an hour. A little more if you're lucky.

That kind of salary won't be enough for a decent appartment in most big cities. So you'll have to rent a room, or to find roommates.

McPie
Apr 11th, 2011, 02:28 PM
UK ;)


send me Toon Army Postcard too :lol:

Mary Cherry.
Apr 11th, 2011, 08:28 PM
I wanna stay there for around a year. not looking to study. just looking to work, so i can afford an apartment and stuff. Im mainly doing it just to like experience another part of the world. and hopefully grow as a a person.

Id probably be looking for admin work. I currently work in a hospital as an admin officer, so something similar to that would be ideal.

Money-wise, im doing pretty good at the moment. I could afford a city apartment here in Australia, but I guess it depends on what sort of income I can gain over there as to what I can afford.

thanks heaps! :D

Might be worth researching temping agencies in the UK. I'm not sure how the pay would be but it'd definitely be a good place to start looking if you're after admin work :)

Oh and every major city in the UK has its nice and its nasty parts, but I definitely would avoid London just because of how expensive it would be to live there.

nevetssllim
Apr 11th, 2011, 10:44 PM
From my own experience, I would avoid: Newcastle and the North East (hardest to find work), Portsmouth, Plymouth, Hull, Slough (My God, stay away from there), Leicester, Stoke and Milton Keynes. :lol:

I live in Plymouth. :hearts:

Exeter is a very nice city though. ;)

Bismarck.
Apr 11th, 2011, 11:02 PM
I live in Plymouth. :hearts:


Well, I live in Southampton so I can empathise. I just found it a really generic place to be, but the surrounding country area I loved.

Mary Cherry.
Apr 11th, 2011, 11:13 PM
You're so right about Hull :lol:

njnetswill
Apr 11th, 2011, 11:18 PM
I think if your goal is to experience the diversity of the world and grow as a person, I would recommend teaching English in a non-English speaking country. Your fluency in English is a valuable asset in many places. Finding a job in the Anglophone world without a university degree is going to be very difficult.

DaMamaJama87
Apr 11th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Have you heard of the global economic downturn? It is hard to find a job in any country right now, especially for someone with only a highschool diploma from a foreign country. Stay in school kids. The world doesn't owe you a job, you have to work for it.

MH0861
Apr 12th, 2011, 12:03 AM
I know you said you don't want to study and want to work, but you would have much more luck (and more fun) if you went through a study abroad program through a university instead to live in a foreign country for a year.

Root
Apr 12th, 2011, 12:26 AM
In fairness, the majority of British cities are fairly shit. Why do you want to come here?

I've only been to London and Oxford and although I loved the latter, I was there for a short stay. Living in London however, is not really that pleasant nor is it as great as it's usually portrayed. I don't reside in the city of London but in the Greater London area. Either way, I have come to realise, London is a great city to visit but not to live in.

Freakan
Apr 12th, 2011, 12:27 AM
I live in Plymouth. :hearts:

Exeter is a very nice city though. ;)

Yeah, Exeter is great :hearts: And relatively close to many places that you might want to visit :)