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potential IN with ?s

My DH has a potential job opportunity abroad (several actually, but most likely Sydney).  Just a few questions for for the expats out there.

did you find the cost of living more/less/the same as the US?

did you get a job? easily?

if you have  a child, how hard is it to find child care?

What do you wish you had thought of before you moved?

TIA!!!

Re: potential IN with ?s

  • Sydney will most likely be more expensive than your current living expenses. I have a friend in Australia and she has me send her baby clothes from Carter's and sends me money through paypal becuase the prices are so much better (and she says selection is better as well). 

    I can't answer any of the rest of it but there are ladies on here from Australia so they should be able to help! The board is more active during the week so if you don't see much today definitely check back tomorrow! 

    And welcome to the board!

  • This board is much more active during the week!

     Chances are living expenses will be higher, but some Aussie nesties can probably help you more on specifics.

    Quite a few of us have moved for our DH's job, and several of us have had issues finding work of our own, especially in our original field. It all depends on visa issues, what field you work in, and how much you are willign to deviate from what you are 'used' to doing at home.

    I don't have kids, so I can't help you there! :)

     Come back again tomorrow, this board is very helpful!

  • We're in Italy, so not totally on point WRT OZ.  My BFF (an American) moved to NZ for 3yrs, so I'll answer for both of us, as her experiences might be more relevant if you're considering the Pacific.

    image dieselmonkey:

    did you find the cost of living more/less/the same as the US?  More.

    did you get a job? easily? I was super lucky to get a job easily, but it's for a US concern.  My friend in NZ had a devil of a time finding anything (and sorting out visas, etc). And when I say anything, I mean, anything.

    if you have  a child, how hard is it to find child care? N/A.

    What do you wish you had thought of before you moved? Despite no. 1 (and even if no. 2 didn't work), I'm glad we took the chance/opportunity! 

    GL w/ your decision.

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  • image dieselmonkey:

    did you find the cost of living more/less/the same as the US? The cost of living where we are (Doha, Qatar) is certainly higher, but DH's company takes care of all our basic expenses - rent, utilities, car, mobile, etc. So that helps with the COL.

    did you get a job? easily? I did find a job here a few months after we arrived. It was not easy, but I was limited because we only have 1 car so I needed to be close to DH's work, and I don't speak Arabic.  I think it depends on the job market where you will be living.

    if you have  a child, how hard is it to find child care? N/A

    What do you wish you had thought of before you moved? I cannot think of much. I was lucky to have a friend I met on this board, who helped me determine what I should bring with me before leaving (tylenol, tums, birth control, etc). We did a lot of research, and made sure we knew what we were getting into!

    Good luck!

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    Dave & Jennifer 10.18.08
    My Doha Adventures
  • image dieselmonkey:

    My DH has a potential job opportunity abroad (several actually, but most likely Sydney).  Just a few questions for for the expats out there.

    did you find the cost of living more/less/the same as the US?  More expensive!

    did you get a job? easily? Not yet....Its only been about 2 solid weeks of searching though. Plus DH's company has goofed and when our insurance switched to the Expat plan they convienently left me off and without proof of insurance my visa is hung up.  So I can't really apply for any jobs right now anyways.

    if you have  a child, how hard is it to find child care? Sorry I don't have children just yet.

    What do you wish you had thought of before you moved? Congratulations to you and your family for this potential move.  My DH and I are Americans living in Brisbane.  We moved a month ago from Houston and we are from the Midwest.  DH had visited Australia every 3 months for a year before we had moved, so we felt we were pretty prepared.  We went to Costco before we left Houston and stocked up on essential items (i.e. deodorant, toothpaste, etc). And we did a little bit of clothes shopping too.  Clothes are mad expensive (for instance they have Target here, a dress I spotted and liked was $50 back home it would have been about $22).  You can find most if not all of your major brands here, again its just more expensive.  This may sound odd but DH has to go to Houston in March for a business meeting I am going to have him go to the grocery store and get a ton of Mexican/ Taco seasoning packets.  They generally cost $1 plus here.  We brought over some food things (seasonings like Lawry's season salt, A-1 steak sauce, BBQ sauce, etc)  You can get that stuff in because its a processed food but no live things (plants, soil) are allowed in.  Our cultures are very similar so you'll find that it's not a complete culture shock to you and your family. 

    TIA!!!

    Good luck to you!  What a wonderful experience for you, your husband and child.  If you have any additional questions we will all be happy to help.  We have a few girls in Sydney that will be able to answer your questions better than I can in Brisbane. 

     

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  • image dieselmonkey:

    My DH has a potential job opportunity abroad (several actually, but most likely Sydney).  Just a few questions for for the expats out there.

    did you find the cost of living more/less/the same as the US?  

    The cost of living is definitely more.  Everything is more expensive in Oz, which is sometimes frustrating.  

    did you get a job? easily?  

    I'm actually still currently waiting on my spousal visa so that I can work, but DH got a job within a few months of moving here.  He did have to go into the place he wanted a job on a weekly basis until they hired him.  It seems like, here, they really want to see if you're willing to work before they'll hire you.  Also, I've heard from the locals that it's easier to get a job here if you already have one (anywhere--grocery store, or wherever).  I guess that shows potential employers that you're ready to work already?

    if you have  a child, how hard is it to find child care?

    I don't have any kids yet, but childcare should be easy to find.  Especially in Sydney. 

    What do you wish you had thought of before you moved?

    To stock up on makeup (it's way more expensive here), and to study the metric system a bit more before I got here.  I would definitely recommend skype and/or a Voice over IP phone so that you can call the states for cheap (it's only 8 cents per call--no matter how long we talk on it).  Those will be lifesavers with the homesickness and culture shock. 

    TIA!!!

  • well I live in Sydney

    did you find the cost of living more/less/the same as the US? COL is VERY high here, rent is high and groceries are very very expensive, assuming you are coming from Chicago (where your info says) I'd say definitely count on it being a lot more expensive!!

    did you get a job? easily? I didn't find it too bad, but it did take me a few months, it really depends on what you do? Best thing is to check out seek.com.au and also sign up for a bunch of agencies!!

    if you have  a child, how hard is it to find child care? it is TOUGH! I am due in july and trying to find a full time place for my baby in July 2011 and just about all the waiting lists are full already. Most places do enrollments from January, so the only way to get in mid year is it someone moves or drops out. But I think with enough perseverance you will be able to find something. I got on a number of waiting lists & will just keeping calling to keep them up to date that I DO still want to be on the wait list. The closer you go to the city for childcare the harder it will be to find a place, so it really depends on where you'll be living too. Of course there are home day care and nanny options as well. The best site I have come across is careforkids.com.au, they show areas & vacancies. The biggest thing is that if you can be flexible with days (i.e. kids only needing day care a few days a week rather than full time) it's MUCH easier to find spaces.

    What do you wish you had thought of before you moved? Well I had already lived abroad for 8+ years before moving here, so nothing really I guess. Other than that clothes are a lot cheaper in the states (they don't have GAP here & target here is rubbish!!) so when I go home I always buy jeans & sometimes shoes too! Other than that, we get a lot of the same US groceries, so I don't miss much of anything anymore

    GL! and let us know if you have any other questions:)

  • image dieselmonkey:

    My DH has a potential job opportunity abroad (several actually, but most likely Sydney).  Just a few questions for for the expats out there.

    did you find the cost of living more/less/the same as the US? Definitely More. We have less overall expenses here though, so we're kind of even.

    did you get a job? easily? I came over with my job - DH has spent 8 months looking, and can't even get in with McDs. It's extremely tough.

    if you have  a child, how hard is it to find child care? N/A

    What do you wish you had thought of before you moved? I wish we would have unloaded more of our expenses at home (house, car, etc) so we didn't have to worry about paying bills in two countries. We hedged our bets in case it didn't work for us here and now I'm kind of wishing we'd dumped it all. 

    TIA!!!

  • did you find the cost of living more/less/the same as the US?

    COL in Copenhagen is very, very high.

    did you get a job? easily?

    I didn't look for one.

    if you have  a child, how hard is it to find child care?

    I've never needed it as I'm a SAHM (with nearby ILs, for that matter). 

    What do you wish you had thought of before you moved?

    I wish I'd brought more rectangular pillows. 

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