How-do-you-get-there? Here is the 30 something steps guide...
In this post, I’m going to try to explain how you can go to Australia. It should be a step by step guide, but I’m afraid I’ll get carried away with useless details. As usual. Oh well... let’s give it a try.
One crispy morning in London, one of the guy from the business development team can show up at your desk and ask the magic question: “Would you relocate to Australia and for how long?”. So you look at him and you say: “Yeah, I’d go. But I need few days to think about how long. And for when would it be?” – “It would be as soon as we can, let me know by Friday” – “Ok.”
Next crispy morning in London:
”Alright, I’ll go”
“Cool, for how long?”
“Doesn’t matter, as long as needed ”
“Ok, fantastic, we’ll get the paperwork done this afternoon”
Same day, crispy evening, you have just signed your Australian paperwork. Work location: Sydney. Client: top tier investment bank.
Alrighty - they always say “Alrighty” in Oz, it’s funny, you’ll see - let’s just quickly detail what happens point by point: (visualization exercise, read this list super quickly because all of this happened in 3-4 weeks)
Process Week 1
Sign a new contract (youhou!)
Get a visa
Excelian start the process
Receive an email from Australia
Send forms and pretty copies of pretty BSc and MSc diplomas to that person
Check she has everything
Check the status of the visa
You don't have it yet? Check again
Book a week of holidays back home
Cancel trip to Rome that you had planned for next month - sad face
Cancel Parov Stellar concert at KoKo you had booked for next month - sad face again
Remember you are cancelling those 2 things because you are moving to Australia – happy face
Go spend a week in Russia for one of your friend’s wedding - include meeting up with Erasmus friends while reminiscing about the Uni days by -15 degrees in Finland. – happy face
Go back to London for a day to check on how things are going with the visa.
Visa application has been successfully submitted.
Wait for the visa to be granted.
Go back home for a week to see mum, dad and your newly born niece.
While back home, with family and friends have to following conversation:
Them: “Ok, we’ll see you in a month.”
You: “Err... no I’ll be in Sydney in a month or so.”
You: “Errr? I forgot to tell you?”
Them: “Tell me what?!”
Tell them what.
Have this conversation 3 or 4 times.
Get a phone call from London
Excelian: “We have your visa.”
You: “9 days only to get it? Cool- cool- cool.”
Go back to London. Have this conversation:
Excelian: “You’re leaving at the beginning of next week.”
You: “WOW err... can we do end of next week? I mean, I have to move out and stuff...”
Feeling inside your head: “IT’S HAPPENNING, I’M MOVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF WORLD WHERE IT’s ALWAYS SUNNY!” – happy face times 100
Walk around London with the biggest smile on your face.
Have a chat with Cihan because he’s going to Sydney too so you can travel with an Excelian buddy.
Book your plane ticket with Excelian.
Make sure you’ve asked for extra suitcases because trust me, your life doesn’t fit in one. Ok, ok, it fits in two, which is kinda sad.
Start panicking because you have 8 days to do the following: [LIST]
Leave your flat, get the deposit back
Cancel your phone
Cancel the gym – sad face: “Will I ever find a gym as good as Gymbox?!”
Deal with Bank account
Send a 30 kg box of books and stuff back at your parent’s house. Useful link: