Greetings, fellow navigators. It’s expo time again! If you’re in the UK, this is your chance to get face to face with employers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and advisors who’ll help you get there (along with your kids, your pet and your pension plan). We’ll be in:
London on the weekend of March 12 & 13
Glasgow on Wednesday, March 16
Manchester on the weekend of March 19 & 20
And if you’re anywhere else in the world, scroll down for an interesting situation involving a doctor, a small Kiwi town and $400,000 up for grabs.
But meanwhile, the expo: here’s the low down:
Imagine walking into a room that’s chock-full of employers looking to meet people, interview people and hire people. Our goal is to get people in the room and start up some conversations without the pressure or awkward anonymity that typically surrounds job applications. And if that takes a bit of starch out of the whole process, so much the better!
We’ll have employers from healthcare, teaching, IT, hospitality, trades, construction, and engineering. So if you move in those circles, you’ll make more – and better – contacts in the first hour of expo than you would in a month of CV wrangling (having said that, bring your CV! Someone will probably ask you for it).
In addition to employers, there’ll also be recruitment agents from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Some of them are sector-specific, some of them are region-specific. All of them bring more opportunities to the table, and in more sectors. Fancy testing your animation chops in New Brunswick? Developing video games in Nova Scotia? Regardless of whether you’re a people person, a super geek or a financial wizard, you need to meet these people.
People to help with your visa
Getting a visa can be quite complicated, so dropping a couple of hundred on a licensed advisor who knows what they’re doing can save you countless hours of pain-inducing tail chasing, and it also improves your chances of visa success. You’ll find a select few at the Expo (including some of our very own from the Working In office), and you’ll have the chance to pick their brains about the visa you’ll need to do what you want.
Some other useful people
Once you’ve checked out the job and visa situations (maybe over a cuppa), you’ll want to shop around some of the other people who’ll be able to help to plant yourself in a new country. Firstly: money. It’s good to use a foreign exchange trader to help you convert your currency: some people stand to save, or lose, a lot. There’ll also be pension plan specialists who can help you figure out the best way to transfer your nest egg. And of course, leaving no-one behind, you’ll want to scope out the best way to transport your mutt or your mog from one side of the globe to the other. There are good folks to help with all of that.
Click here to book your place or for further event FAQs.
Meanwhile, this just in from rural New Zealand:
A GP with his own practice in the small, forestry town of Tokoroa is struggling to find someone to share his burgeoning workload. Eventually, he took the role away from his specialised medical recruiters, and advertised the role himself. The salary? A cool $400,000!
That’s a bit more than twice the average income of GPs in New Zealand, and roughly twice the average house price in south Waikato. Alternatively, you could get a fleet of four brand new Mercedes SLKs, and blow the change on a 5 star world trip. Plus, the deal comes bundled with a share in the practice.
So, what’s going on? In short, rural New Zealand is crying out for skilled, English speaking doctors. The same is true in Australia and Canada (where French speakers are also in demand). It’s true that the bustling township of Tokoroa, with its population of 12,000 people working mainly in forestry and farming, is not on the career wish-list of every young doctor.
But small towns everywhere offer two great things to all types of skilled worker. First is community. Regardless of what you do, working rurally puts you directly in touch with people. That means it can be as much about your personality as your skills. True, you need to be the type who’s comfortable bumping into clients and colleagues at the local store, the pub or the school football match.
The second benefit is more tangible: the New Zealand and Australian governments both allocate more visa points to applicants who commit to living in rural areas. That applies both to working visas and entrepreneurial visas. Some Canadian states also have programmes paving the way to the rural heartland.
So, for the right type of person (front page socialites and serious city slickers may wish to decline), it’s well worth looking into regional migration. The visa can be easier, the work can be more rewarding, and by all accounts the money ain’t bad, either.
Whether you’re attracted to tiny towns or the mighty metropolis, get in touch to explore the opportunities in