My move to Australia was a bit of a spontaneous decision, although it took a lot of planning. A couple years ago, I did all the paperwork through COTRB to get my Occupational Therapy degree assessed but then didn’t feel ready to go. Last year in 2008, my friend Nicolette said that she had a brilliant agent from GHS who had assisted her through the process of placement. I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to go see and live in another country. I was 24 at the time; young, free and unattached so I thought it would be an ideal time to go. Sophie from GHS said that there a few jobs near where Nicolette was working, so I decided to apply for these. It was a pretty long process: completing the job application, being selected for an interview, having an interview at 6am in the morning, getting told you have the job (and feeling jittery, excited, apprehensive and nervous all at the same time!), negotiating the correct pay, completing visa paperwork, going for the medical and the x-ray, getting your passport stamped then buying your ticket. Throughout this process, Sophie guided me through each step, replying promptly to each email, following up with the employers and patiently assisting me and answering all my questions.
Coming to work in Australia has been one of the most fun and exciting things I have done in my life. I am enjoying working at the hospital and in a country town. It has allowed me to have many roles in my work. A lot of the time, doctors and other professions from nearby areas rotate here for 2 or 3 months and they are all in the same boat – wanting to meet other young people, have fun and see this part of the world. This has led me to meet many young people, and I still keep in touch with many of them. It is scary starting from scratch in a new country, but knowing that you can and that you have overcome a lot of things is awesome.
I have done so many exciting things so far and plan to do lots more. Doing my bronze medallion was a great achievement for me as I have never lived near the sea before. I have also done some running races and am planning to do a Half Marathon in the Hunter Valley in July followed by City to Surf in August. My parents visited in March and we went up to the Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley. I am going to Tasmania in September. Everything is new and exciting and if people are going somewhere, I always try to join in too. I still want to do my diving course, go skiing in the snow and do sky diving over the reef. On top of this, I want to see all the surrounds of Australia like New Zealand, Bali, Thailand etc.
I am thankful to Global Health Source who helped me through the process initially and who still follow up with me, such as on my first day at work, a couple of weeks into my stay here and when my parents visited. They seem to understand how challenging it can be and they gave me just the right amount of support at the right time. I am really grateful and happy I made this move. Who knows what the future holds for me? It definitely looks exciting!