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Why Australia? - What Was It Made You Move Down Under?

I don’t think that anyone would dispute the fact that Australia appears to be a uniquely awesome country. With that said, not everyone wants to visit there and even fewer would be prepared to up sticks and shift their entire life abroad leaving family, friends and loved ones behind. So why do people give that up and risk it all for a new life down under?


I can only speak for myself but I know that my reasons would fall very much into the same categories as many others following the same route. I want a better quality of life, I want to live in a more enjoyable climate so I can to get out doors and explore and I want to have closer access to pursue one of primary passions, surfing as well new opportunities, adventure and the chance to meet cool new people.


Having previously had the opportunity to travel to some fantastic locations my eyes had been opened my eyes to the world of possibility that is around us and although I returned home to Northern Ireland it was never my intention of settling there.


However like a lot of us, I allowed myself get caught up in the 9-5 routine, spent the money I earned unwisely and when I was with faced some redundancies and subsequent limited availability of work my initial plans of making an early exist were scampered!


I like to believe that my fate is in my own hands and that life is what you make of it so I won’t spend too long whining about the economy but many young people like myself are facing difficulty when it comes to starting their career and it is obviously a large factor in my own and others decision to take a chance on Australia.


Like a lot of friends I was told work hard in school, go to university, graduate and get a good job. That’s how it was meant to work. My parents growing up didn’t go to university and at the time the people they saw go to university got the better jobs and seemingly lived the better lifestyle.


What I have seen for many young people is that the job they were meant to get upon graduation no longer exists and many graduates never have the opportunity to work in the field they studied and aspired to work in.


With competition for the few jobs available I ended up like many others in jobs completely unrelated to what I studied at university and on salaries I could have got if I had taken the job after doing my GCSE’s! Only problem was I wasn’t 16 anymore and I had £15,000 of student debt plus overdrafts and I simply started to feel like the UK had nothing to offer me.


Like I say, the job situation can be a pain but hey, as I heard one Ozzie bloke say when being interviewed about his house being completely destroyed in the floods last year “There’s no point sitting crying into your beer!”


Since I never really wanted to live and work here anyway what does it really matter me if there are no jobs here? Like that fella on the news says, you can’t whine about it, if you don’t like the way something is get up and try and fix it.


The truth is I didn’t think long and hard about Australia, I didn’t way up every pro and con of moving there and make my decision. I simply felt a gut instinct, a force drawing me to take action and go there and so on the 18th March 2011 I scraped together every penny I had and paid for my working holiday visa and a one way ticket to Sydney.


Man I’m glad I did. Although I really have no idea what is in store for me and that I still have a lot of work to do to create the life that I want for myself, I feel excited and optimistic about this journey and new chapter of my life. The more I read, hear and learn about Australia the more I want to do, see and experience so roll on the 6th of July because I can’t bloody wait to get there and get stuck in!


… So if you are planning your own move down under what is it that motivates you?


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Comment by Kevin McAuley on June 14, 2011 at 19:05

Awesome Paul!


That is exactly what I want to hear! I am really happy that life is working out well for you in Perth. Western Australia looks an awesome place and I really want to get there myself at some stage though I am heading to Sydney first!




Comment by Paul Johnson on June 14, 2011 at 9:29

Hi Kevin,


Great post there!


Aside fromthe fact my wife is Australian (which played a big part) it was really when I came here for the first time on hoiday three years ago that I fell in love with the place; didn't want to leave and couldn't wait to get back.  


Been here nice months now (in Perth) and have never looked back.  I have a great job, a wonderful house and still keep in touch with all the people that matter in my life back in the UK.


Today it's cold and wet in Perth, but you know what?  It doesn't matter.  The smell of the gum leaves after the rain makes it all worth it, and three months from now the sun will be back as strong as ever and the winter will be a distant memory again.


Wonderful place, worth every penny and moment spent getting here!

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