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Sorry, I have been away for a long time as I was busy on different projects and I was getting emails as to why I have not posted here in a while.
Someone posted a question on Quora which is very relevant to those who earn a higher income and they think whether it’s worth it to migrate to Australia. Many people have answered there and I also wrote my views there. I am providing the link here so that you can also read other people views because it is important that you should listen to everyone and do what is best for you.
Here is the link:
And here is exactly, what I have written there for you to read directly.
Disclosure: Before answering your question, I must disclose that I am an Indian and a registered MARA agent, and I help people to migrate to Australia. So, I may have a biased opinion. You are forewarned 😉
Seek More Info. : Now, many people have already answered here and no answer is a wrong one because everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. Nobody knows what future has in store for them but we can definitely make informed and educated decisions by asking right people who have gone through the same process, which you plan to do yourself, and this potentially has power to make your future brighter. Gather as much information as you can and from as many sources as possible but learn to ‘process’ that data to benefit you. Importantly, in your case come visit Australia for a few weeks (which may not be enough as there is so much to do and see over here). Utilise that time to meet people/immigrants and research about your profession and networking with recruiters.
No Wrong Answers here : The question you have asked is about quality of life in Australia and whether you will be able to earn Indian rupee 50 lakhs (INR 5 million which is equivalent to AU$ 100,000 roughly as of now) in Australia. This question has many answers and that’s why you can see some people are saying ‘never’ and some are saying ‘definitely’. Now, we don’t know what exact ‘quality’ of life you are looking for but broadly speaking any western world has better quality of life than India. But there is always a balancing factor – you may not enjoy your ‘social’ life here (which I disagree with personally), miss family and friends etc.
Earning potential: It depends on your profession and your actual abilities and most importantly on your soft skills. Initially, you may not get any job, leave alone in your field. You need to research thoroughly about the job market before moving to Australia, talk to friends who are already here and get to know the real job market and try to network with people in your profession by opening LinkedIn account. Go to SEEK – Australia’s no. 1 jobs, employment, career and recruitment site daily and make it a daily habit of going through the job listings. Remember, not all those jobs are real and not all jobs are posted online. That’s why I said earlier to network with people and hence my point about LinkedIn.
Save and then come: I recommend my clients to come to Australia with savings that will see them through for six to twelve months. Some people recommend coming alone, personally I do not like the idea as you should have family by your side but if financially it’s difficult then it is a good option. Now, to complete the discussion about your earning potential, even with the basic job you will get here a salary that you will be living a life comparable to what middle class is enjoying in India.
Quick Growth: Your employer will appreciate your hard work and dedication towards your job and within two to three years’time you may be able to earn much more by switching jobs if your employer is not suitably rewarding you and now that you have local experience. From there only sky is the limit. Mind you, the initial 3–6 months time is going to be very hard and you may go through the remorse phase that why did I leave India, what was I thinking. People may try to discourage you but listen to yourself and be confident about your abilities.
Quality of life: What matters you? If you want to know more about quality of life in Australia, as someone said here, there is no comparison between major cities of India and Australia. Delhi is one of the worst polluted cities in the world and every third person has or developing some form of lung disease due to constant exposure to pollutants. The other cities are not that far behind with cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and even Kanpur, Ludhiana and many more also featuring in this most polluted cities of the world.
Personally, for me these things are very important – cleaner air/water/ food and entitlement to peaceful living if I am not doing anything wrong. I don’t like to go to people to get my my licence/passport /hospital and school admission. Can you believe it, even to get money from banks you need ‘connections’ but not to be harsh, that was an aberration.
Why you should NOT move to Australia: If you don’t like pristine beaches, fresh air, work life balance, then yes, Australia is not for you. If you don’t like your kids learning life skills and be confident, and not be book worms, then Australia is not for you. If you like to call your boss ‘sir’, and expect same from your juniors, then Australia is not for you. If you have to dislike taking your kids to cricket practice sessions on Tuesdays, soccer on Fridays, and swimming twice a week, then Australia is not for you. Also, if you don’t like to go on beautiful drives every weekend and in stead, you like to be a couch potato, then yes, Australia is not for you. You get the picture, don’t you?
We all love India: Don’t get me wrong, I love India and always will. I look forward to going to India and enjoy my time over there and connect to my friends and family. I was in USA in 2011, when I watched the cricket world cup games. I remember the Final game in Wankhade Stadium very clearly as it happened yesterday and so proud of that moment when India won the World Cup. I used to not sleep for a minute and watch the Indian games live so that I could help India win ;). You know that superstition which cricketers follow? Same way as Sachin would not take off his pads! I follow Indian politics, sports and developmental stories, it makes me happy to see that India is marching ahead on it’s path to become a developed country.
USA or Australia: Let me reiterate you the obvious now : Australia is best for young families and also for families with teenagers, just go Google. I have lived in USA for more than 5 years but decided move when realised that it may take up to 30 years to get American green card, and another 5 years to get the citizenship. USA is a great country and I loved my time there. I strongly suggest that if someone gets a chance to work and live in USA grab that opportunity and experience life there. Only after you have lived there that you will understand what I am going to say now.
Gun Related Violence in USA: The gun culture is rampant in USA and every day people get killed due to gun related violence. I am not talking about mass killings which get wide coverage in the media but accidents that happen every day. Just Google how many people get killed every year in USA ( it is more than 12,000) . After Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012 where 28 people were killed mainly 4–5 years old, I was seriously worried about safety of my kids.
Social Divide: The social divide is very glaring, rich is becoming richer and poor more poorer. On one side we have $1 billion home of Mr Ambani and on the other millions of people go to bed hungry every day. In my opinion that’s a very big problem because this is already resulting in spike in crime rates. Australia is very good at dividing the wealth and hence you will not insane amount of millionaires but you will also not find that many homeless people here.
Getting First Job in Australia: Having said that, Australia is not a perfect place in the world. No place is! But it gave me freedom to pursue my dreams. People whinge that jobs are scarce here and they may be right but please note that Australia may be a big country – almost as big as USA but population not even 10% of USA. So, naturally the job market is much smaller. With right attitude and good strategy, you can land a job here and grow much quicker than in India. I got my job within one month after I started to look for job in my field. I personally know 4–5 families who migrated at the same time as I did and we used to live in the same apartment building. We would help each other with helpful piece of information in landing our first jobs. I am glad to let you know that all of us got jobs sooner than we were expecting, but that may be exception as I do meet people who are frustrated of not getting jobs. We are still in touch and enjoying our lives in here Australia, some changed jobs because they got better offers.
Money Not Sole Factor: Again, if you are looking for only money then Australia is not for you. It doesn’t mean that you won’t get rich here if you worked hard. Australia is for those who treasure their time with family and friends and want to enjoy great outdoors and sports all year around. Everyone gets at least 4 weeks of annual leave and 2 weeks of medical leave, whereas there is ZERO mandated leave days in USA. Even India is much better than USA. Your employer contributes 9.5% of salary towards your retirement fund (called Super here, which you call provident fund in India and 401k in USA) on TOP of your salary.
Racism: I have personally never experienced racism either in USA or here in Australia. On the contrary, people have shown their appreciation to the fact that my family is nicely assimilated in the local community. Don’t try to live in Indian dominated suburbs and make a bubble for yourself. Go out, talk to strangers, invite over your neighbours. The mantra is try to blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb. Volunteer and help make Australia better which has given you a chance to change the destiny of not only your life but your kids too.
My recommendation : come visit Australia and experience the life Down under for yourself. It’s a beautiful country with great people and excellent sports facilities which will inspire you to be fit and healthy. Open spaces, great parks, sports training centres in close proximity to wherever you decide to live. That’s why Australia ranks much higher than USA when you compare per capita Olympics medals. Top 4 for 2016 Rio Olympics – Grenada, Bahamas, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia at 14 and USA at 43. I compare Australia with USA because I have lived there and for most people USA is no. 1 destination.
Most important question: First of all, check whether you qualify to apply for an Australian visa. Rules are changing everyday and occupations are being removed as all western countries are making it harder to qualify. Australia has made some changes to 457 visas and even getting Australian citizenship is under revamp and the bar will be set higher. I am afraid but I think next target may be the Australian Permanent Residency (PR) system and come July 1, some occupations may be axed. This is just a speculation but subscribe to my blog below to get the latest on this.
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