I've visited the Poms in Oz forum a few times and found it very informative, then was recommended to this forum by one of it's users. I imagine that most people on here live in Queensland, so I was hoping that some of you might be able to give me a few pointers...
I was born in Australia so have dual-nationality, but left at the grand old age of 5 when my parents returned to UK. I've been back for hols a couple of times and always wanted to return to live and work, but my wife was never interested and once our daughter came a long, well that was pretty much it. Sadly, I lost her 18 months ago and my daughter went to Uni last September, so I've decided that now could be the time for a fresh start. My daughter is very much in favor of the idea, as having a dad to visit and stay with in Oz is pretty much top of your 'cool list' when you're 18! - not to mention it could also open the door for her future too.
My dilemma is that as a secondary/high school teacher here in the UK, I have to give my school here 3 months notice and there's a lot of red tape to get through before an overseas trained teacher can work in Australia. I've looked into teaching in NSW and QLD in some depth and it seems that the employment prospects for teachers are not as good as they are here in the UK. This combined with the fact that the academic year in Oz doesn't start until the following February, means I'll definitely need to find some form of alternative employment until I can establish myself in a teaching role.
If you're still reading (thanks!), here's some background info and my plan to date...
Relocating to Gold Coast / Brisbane this September - I have friends in both of those places, so seems like a good idea.
Rent out my house in the UK for a year until I see how things work out over there.
Work: Willing to have a go at almost anything until the right job comes along.
Background: IT professional turned secondary school teacher (5 years ago).
Personal info: Age 44. Good health/fitness - enjoys outdoor lifestyle etc.
So my burning question is; does this seem like a good idea or a bit 'pie in the sky'? My main concern is that I will have a job in getting a job, which is why it would be nice to get some feedback from any Poms who are living and working in the Gold Coast / Brisbane area. The economic situation in the UK is generally pretty grim at the moment, but I get the feeling it's not so bad in Australia?
My apologies if I have posted this in the wrong place, but it seems the 'Job & Careers' section is more for job adverts.
Many thanks in anticipation,
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