Monday, September 16, 2013

Baby steps

I am reviewing my resume in preparation for the hopeful use of it in a little under a year. I hadn't done anything with it since I obtained my job 18 months ago, and it was more than time to undertake a good edit of it. 

As much as I am trying to not get my hopes up until I hear back from HCPC, it is all becoming real now. I am spending a lot of time with friends, though it is hard knowing that I will soon be on the other side of the world in a completely different time zone. There are plenty of modern advances to keep in touch, and I plan on using all of them. In saying that though, lives move on, and without being in each others daily lives I can't help but wonder what will come of those relationships.

In other news, I purchased a shiny new 13" Macbook Air, and I am loving it! It will be coming with me, and I am currently obsessed!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A rather brief update

Hello!

I have come to the conclusion I really started this blog 6 months too early. There isn't a lot to report at this stage, however I hope to post more frequently once I get to the pointy end of business.

It is now about two months since I lodged my professional registration application with HCPC. They have completed my reference checks, so should be underway with scrutinising my qualifications (basically ensuring my Australian degree is comparable with the UK equivalent). I am not too worried with this part of the process; several girls I studied with have previously been granted registration so I know our quals are fine. I should hear one way or the other around Christmas.

Until I hear back, there isn't a lot I can do. I am researching flights, but I will be flying using Frequent Flyer points so availability will change up until my time of booking. I am also unable to apply for my visa until 3 months before I intend to be there, so will start that process some time in April.

Until I have some more exciting news to report, stay cool!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

HCPC application progress

I have come to the realisation that I started this blog about 6 months too early. I really don't have anything of susbstance or value to update you on, other than I have sent off my HCPC registration application (a necessary evil for health professionals seeking to work as such in the UK) and they have taken my money (it sadly left my account about a week ago, never to be seen again).

From here, they will complete all the background checks within the next month or so, and then it will take about 12 weeks after that for them to complete the education checks, etc. I am hoping to hear one way or the other by Christmas.

I can't imagine there should be any problems with my application; several girls I studied with got it without drama so I know the quals are fine, and I have good people for my referees etc. I am, however, refusing to be too confident at this stage, as I don't want to be let down if they knock me back for some reason or another.

I will write again in due course, it likely won't be for a while, but do keep your fingers crossed for me.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Part one - fighting with the university you paid $25k to

What makes moving to the UK slightly more complicated (and of course, expensive) for me compared to a lot of Australians doing the working holiday thing is that I am a health professional (an Occupational Therapist, to be precise). What this means is that I need to apply (and pay!) for registration to work over there.

Part of this process is having your university complete a form outlining your course, breakdown of theory vs prac, etc. I approached the School of Health Sciences last weekend via email to see if they would do this and was told a resounding no. Wait, what?! In that moment, I was pretty sure my dream of working in the UK was over. Thanfully, a couple of girls in my year have already gone over, and one was kind enough to point me in the direction of someone willing to complete the form- for a measley $100!

This is going to turn out to be quite an expensive exercise- $100 to have my form filled out, approximately $730 to apply, and then another several hundred dollars if I am successful. Not to mention that if I am not successful for some reason, I lose the $830 I will have already forked out. Oh my.

Thankfully though, I have several good referees to use, I am of good character, and no significant health issues, so fingers crossed I will be approved.

I have been told I should recieve the information from the uni later this week (or knowing Australia Post, sometime next week!) and will be looking to send off the application in a month or so once I have all of my referee statements.

It can take around 6 months (generally around 3) to be notified of success or failure, so it will be an anxious time, let me tell you!

Welcome

Welcome aboard! Rest assured I am thrilled you have found my little blog!

For the introductions, I am a 27 year old Australian that has finally decided to make the leap in to the stereotypical right of passage and move to the UK for a couple of years. Through this blog, you will join me as I navigate the process of obtaining a Tier 5 youth mobility visa, pack up my life, and move to the other side of the world. I am also a health professional, so no doubt you will read my frustrated posts about dealing with the 3-6 month process to obtain my registration.

All of this sounds simple. People do it all the time, right? I find it somewhat amusing that I've never moved out of home, and my family has never moved house, and here I am planning on moving to the other side of the world. I am sure hilarity will ensue for you through my tears.

Along the way, I hope to bring you tid-bits from my previous travels, and I have a couple of mini-trips planned this year, including Sydney, Melbourne, and the mid-north coast of NSW. 

I won't promise 3 posts a week or anything like that, this is an outlet for me to process my thoughts without bombarding my friends who either a) aren't interested or b) don't want to hear it because they don't like the thought of me leaving for so long. I also hope that this blog will be of assistance to other people planning a similar adventure to myself. Hey, I might even meet people along the way happy to have a beer in London.... (hint hint!)

I plan on taking this next year to pay off debt and save for this adventure. I will hopefully be travelling Europe for a couple of months first, then (fingers crossed) am looking at getting to London in mid-late October 2014. Eeeep!

I am going to sign off for now since this is getting longer than I had anticipated, but I would love to hear from you all and I can't wait to start my journey!