I first mentioned about wanting to go to Australia on this blog, in August 2009. Then eventually, in March 2010 I had formulated The Plan. It wasn’t a very detailed plan, but it involved a one way ticket, not a lot of money, and hopes and dreams of staying in Australia.
Since I’ve been in Australia and on a 12 month Working Holiday Visa, I haven’t been much of a backpacker. That’s because I had one goal.
My goal involved coming to Australia and trying to get a decent job which would provide me with a sponsorship to stay here.
Maybe I set my sights too high, it wasn’t exactly easy to do with no ‘trade skills’ or even experience in an occupation on the skills immigration list. But I thought ‘what have I got to lose?’. In my opinion, at the time, it was worth giving it a go. At the very least I’d get to spend time in Australia and get to do and see things I’d always only dreamt of.
After a few dodgy jobs I finally landed a decent 3 month temporary role in Sydney CBD, which eventually turned into 6 months. I liked the job, the people and the place, and at every opportunity I asked my boss if they would keep me.
My boss did want me to stay, but said there would be no chance of being sponsored for a visa, so it never went any further.
Then one day, about 6 weeks ago, my boss called me into a meeting. Either I’d bugged them enough about wanting to stay or I’d proved I could do a decent job – maybe it was both as they were going to look into the sponsorship thing. But at the same time I was told firmly not to get my hopes up.
A few weeks after that and after various powers that be gave the go-ahead. I then applied for, was interviewed and then offered a permanent job – on condition of an employee sponsorship visa being granted. The job and offer, was better than I had even anticipated and hoped for (which was a bonus)!
Today, my 4 year employer sponsorship visa was granted.
GET IN THERE!
It’s been over 10 years since I first mentioned to family that I wanted to go to Australia – it took a while, but I finally got here and doing my best to make it last!
The Plan: it was never very detailed. It didn’t need to be, I knew what I wanted to do: Go to Australia. Get a job in Sydney. Stay. Easy (ish)!
(Next mission: find somewhere decent to live!)