Melrie Posted March 25, 2009 Report Share Posted March 25, 2009 (edited) I realised today that I never formally introduced myself on this forum because when I first joined I only intended to lurk as I am in NZ and assumed this forum is for people in Aus. However, I've since noticed that those of us in NZ may participate (where possible I guess, as I believe NZ is rather different from Aus in certain important ways) and that the forum admin didn't feel it's necessary to create a subforum for South Africans in NZ. So I added the following to my profile ("about me") and thought I will copy and paste it here:Went to NZ with OH in 2004. OH had citizenship from being out there in the 90's but then went back to RSA hoping for a better future post apartheid and sponsored me toward PR in NZ when we left RSA. OH had a good job offer in hand when we went and we had to move pretty quickly to sell up in RSA and go out to NZ in order to make the starting date of OH's job.I couldn't find a proper job (no "Kiwi experience" and hadn't use my degree (social work) in 7 years prior going to NZ so "getting in" based on that qualification, and with limited opportunity in the town we are based was impossible). So, after my PR was granted (I was issued a 2 year work visa literally within days of applying after we arrived but PR took 10 months) I decided to re-invent myself and go back to University for a different degree. I figured I may not have "Kiwi experience" but then I'll gain a Kiwi qualification instead. Will finish studies end of 2009 - LLB(Hons). While I waited for my PR I worked part time at a high school at a very poor wage helping out with a career development project but I learned about the NZ school education system and more about Kiwis in general so it was worth it to a degree.So, I'm studying full time (for the first time in my life) and not earning my own income has been immensely challenging for me. I've had to dig deep to accept that, as I have never relied on a partner for financial support before in my life no matter how deep or long term the commitment. Maar so leer mens ... Did some serious soul searching and learned alot about myself and about the emotions that can accompany the process of emigration and immigration. I've accepted citizenship in NZ in 2008.Will hopefully re-enter the job market as a rookie when I'm close to 40 ... I don't like living in NZ but I'm very grateful to be here and for the opportunity to re-invent myself, if that makes sense? If I can, and post recession, I'll probably go to Australia, which honestly has been a country I have dreamed of living in for about 15 years - ever since my first visit there in the early 90's. OH will join me if possible but I will more than likely have to go on my own initially and get back on my feet financially. OH is not in a career that can easily shift but we'll work with what we've got.PS 99.9% of the time I edit my posts for typos so nothing mysterious there Edited March 25, 2009 by Melrie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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