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Gypsy Cooper
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Wow... what a great forum. So much of my answers were answered here, and i still have so much to get my head around it is frightening...

OK, we are right at the beginning.

Applied for Passports (should get it this week)

Booked my IELTS exam and paid (R1900 later - writing on the 22 August 09)

Busy with my skilled assessment part... Need to submit to ACS and as a web developer (asp,java,sql,c# etc) i find it difficult to figure out where everthing fit and writing the reports to go with RPL - sho! it's just so overwhelming... but i'm positive and i can already visualise my house in Aus (**grin**), the friends, the lifestyle. Just hope it happens... soon. I love SA and will never forget my roots but i just want a great future for our kids. Main reason for doing this, is them. My kids are 5 and 10 years old.

Can't wait to spend more time on the forum and read about people making the great move or who did it already. I read some topics 'Red' wrote and it was so amazing. So real.

Well done to those of you who did it already, i'm sure it wasn't an easy process.

Best, Gypsy

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Welcome, Gypsy and all the best for your future adventure! This is an amazing journey and you will have a wonderful support network here!

Liesl

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Welcome GC. Good to have you here. Good luck with those IELTS.

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Hi - welcome !

Enjoy the journey ... with ALOT of help and great advise - I don't know if I would've survived without it !

ta,

Kate

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Thank you so much "Liesl", "Eva", "Jordy", "Hawker"!

Really appreciate your welcoming notes!

Has anybody here gone to Brisbane? If so, what is your experience of the area? School info and possibly suburb info would be awesome. It's a bit early to look at these things i guess but it would be nice just to get an idea.

Also, has anybody any tips for the RPL form for ACS? Such a headache.

Keep well all and thanks once again...

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Welcome to the forum Gypsy!

There is an ACS support group of such on the forum, and I'm sure you'll find lots of useful info there. Definitely helped us out! You can have a look here:

ACS Support Group

You can have a look for Brisbane info in the communities section and I have found some useful sites on Brisbane as we're also hoping to go there.

Brisbane Community

OurBrisbane Website

Hope that helps a bit.

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Hi Gypsy,

Welcome to the forum! I have done an ACS along more or less the same route you are doing. Try and aim the application along the lines of the "Computing Professional - specialising in C++/C#/C 2231-79 " this would make it a CSL instead of MODL application (I gather it's a 175 PR application). Then hammer on the C# experience big time.

PM me your email address and I will let you look at my ACS as an example. I wrote it completely blindely without help from anyone and it was agonising and took ages. Hate to see others go through the same pain.

Also just a heads up that the IT market in Brissie is tiny...... Have a friend who moved there in Feb this year who still has not found a job (He is in SAP Business One though). He is actually earning a living by remotely supporting client here in SA.

Cheers.

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Welcome Gysey,

TBL has some very sound advice in regards to the "Computing Professional - specialising in C++/C#/C 2231-79 " focus! I'd definately take him/her? up on their offer! :blink:

I am also a .net developer (C#). You're more than welcome to PM me if you want any form of help/advice in regards to ACS... I didn't go the RPL route but I'll help out where I can.

All the best.

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This thread is amazing. It really is what the forum is all about. Good on ya mates!

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I have no wise words -

instead want to say welcome to the forum ! As you can see you have received so much info already.

All the best with your plans Gypsey

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Wow... thank you soooo much for all the sound advice and replies!

Big thanks to Michele R for the VERY helpful links... just make it so much easier. Thanks TBL for your post. I did PM you and thanks for the fantastic offer.

What i did mention to TBL as well, is that i'm a freelancer and do work for clients in Shanghai, USA, UK and SA off course. I'm planning to continue my work with them - only difference is that i'll be in Aus and not SA... (hopefully)

I just need to get there and prove that i have the skills they need. **sigh** I hope all goes well. I'll definately share my RPL Project reports with those that need a guideline. I'm reading the instructions word for word trying to figure out what exactly they need. It says two A4 pages per project. Does that mean it is only text based? No diagrams etc? Just specifying in words the skills i learnt and my role in the project? mmmm....

Could i perhaps upload what i've got so far and those in the know could possibly critique? Not sure if that is even possible?

Also thanks to Enrica... thanks for the welcome note. Loved reading some of your other posts too...

Jacques, thanks for your post - i was wondering, do you have a degree and is that the reason why you chose not to do RPL? I'm halfway with my degree and i've got lots of certificates - so i thought it might be safer to just do the RPL straight? Not sure at all!

Thanks Jordy and Lynn as well for the post.

Best, Gypsy

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My dilema today.... :ilikeit:

Peter told me that i might not qualify for the RPL because i was a Java Teacher for short of three years and by being self employed at the moment doesn't really count in my favour. Even though i was employed to develop the school's software as well as run the network... **sigh**... and i have my own web developing company.

so i was wondering if i should then do the MCPD.net and don't do the RPL as i have plenty certificates and halfway through a degree. Any help with contact numbers to write the MCPD.net exam in Cape Town?

Very depro today...

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