An Immigrant's Guide to Integration
 
Thinking about moving to Australia? Great choice. As one of the developed nations of the world, Australia can be the step up you need to securing a better future – be it for work or studies. However, no matter how good the idea might seem in your head, it is vital that you do some thorough research. Here are some key points to take note of before moving over to Australia:
 

  • Get your Visa settled – you would need a visa from your employer or an authorised body to live and work or study at Australia, so nail this right.
  • Find a place to live, that’s nearby to your work as traffic can soul-sucking.
  • Choose the right city for you. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and more. Each city has their own charms and perks, research the ones that would work for you.
  • Get a job! And don’t be too picky (yet!).
  • Plan your expenses. Moving to Australia or in-fact, to any other country, entails some amount of money spent initially, which you can hope to recover from working here. List down all the expenses that you would incur before getting your first pay check.

 

Once you’ve got all of these figured out, great! Here are 3 tips that will be helpful to first comers hoping to pave their way here and integrate seamlessly into the community in Australia.

An Immigrant's Guide to Integration - 3 Tips

 

Tip 1: Polish your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is basically Facebook for the working professionals. Like it or not, people gauge a lot of about yourself from reviewing (stalking) your profile on LinkedIn. Rather than brushing this off an as annoyance, you could embrace this and start taking some time to make your profile look good. Most recruiters today check LinkedIn profiles of candidates first, anyways.
 

Tip 2: Connect with the locals via Facebook
Exactly the same advice as above, but applied differently. Make the effort to meet local Australians, by joining groups on Facebook. Be upright and honest about your origins and intentions. Australians are friendly and are willing to help anyone genuine and forthright. Ask them for their advice on the best places to live, to eat, to work, to travel, to get banking services and even, where to cut your hair. If you’ve got people from your home country in Australia, that’s great, but it always helps to meet people outside of your circle.
 

Tip 3: Once you are here, start networking as much as you can.
Once you are here, start networking as much as you can. Applying for jobs advertised on work websites like www.seek.com.au is important, but so is taking the time to go for events, meetups and etc. where you can meet people. This will surely help you to understand the locals and their culture more, which will be helpful for your work as well, and they would welcome you as one of their own.
 

Lastly, but most importantly, get ready to leave your comfort zone. While it might not make as much sense in the beginning to let go of the lifestyle you were living, it certainly pays in the long run, as long as you keep an open perspective. Keep in mind the reason why you decided to migrate. Nietzsche once said, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how”. Australia could be the best thing ever that has happened to you, should you decide that it is so.