Make The Move: Is Moving Overseas For You?

It’s in our nature to dream of travel, to live a life filled with excitement and adventure, but sometimes to live these dreams we need to step outside of our comfort zones and board a plane to a faraway place.

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But should you make the move? We’re not all cut out for traipsing across the globe to find a home away from home, but if you are, then the world is your oyster – literally! To help you figure out if moving overseas is for you, ask yourself these simple questions:

Are you independent?

Living overseas is never going to work if you rely too heavily on other people. Confidence is usually a good indication of independence and goes hand-in-hand with being able to look after yourself. If you’re comfortable asking for directions or boldly walking into a business and asking if they have any jobs available, then there’s a good chance you’re cut out for living in a foreign country.

Do you have a good sense of direction?

Reading a map, or operating a functional GPS is a must! There’s no point settling down in a foreign place if you can’t tell your lefts from your rights or figure out which direction the train station is. Navigating foreign cities and towns can be difficult, but is also essential if you’re going to cut it in the big bad world.

Can you handle spending time away from your loved ones?

Moving away from home can be lonely at the best of times, especially when your mum and dad are on the other side of the world! If you’re prone to homesickness or can’t go a day without a hug from your bestie, moving overseas might not be for you. If you’re more of a phone call type of girl, however, you might just be able to cut it in the big apple (so to speak).

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Can you, if need be, live out of a box?

It’s hard to settle down when you’re constantly chasing the next adventure. If you’re only lusting after an exotic life, then you might want to take a holiday instead. If, however, you’re in it for the long haul, pack your suitcase and jump on the next flight – you’re moving overseas! Uprooting your life is a prerequisite for living an adventurous life in new and exciting locations. If you can handle this, you can handle anything.

Are you accepting of other cultures?

If you aren’t open to adopting, or at least accepting, other people’s way of life, then you might not be cut out for living overseas. America and England may be English-speaking countries, but they’re still wildly different to Australia. Likewise, if you move to southeast Asia, or Europe you’re bound to run into a few cultural differences. Embrace these differences with open hands and you’ll fit in in no time, reject them and you’ll very quickly find yourself on a plane home.

What’s the verdict? Are you ready to make the move?

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August 30, 2015

How To Earn A 6-Figure Salary – In Mining

Most of us have heard that the mining industry, in Australia, is booming. The only thing is, when people want to apply, they often hit a brick wall. This perplexing issue sends many people packing and they opt for much lower-paying jobs. Seeing it can be a tricky industry to get your foot in the door; I’ve spoken to some people employed in the industry, who have some great recommendations.

Essentially, people get into the mining industry a couple of ways. It seems the easiest way in, is to know someone who can either recommend you or give you some insider information. If you do have some connections, make the calls, do some networking and find out the following information:

  • The name of different companies, plus who have got upcoming contracts or positions to fill
  • What sort of skills you should look at acquiring to improve your chance of securing a job
  • Where to look for mining work and more importantly, which options to avoid. Some companies will ask for money up front to look for mining jobs, with no guarantee of actually securing a position
  • The types of jobs available and the conditions you’ll need to work or live in

Apart from knowing someone in the industry, the next best thing is list your skills in a professional looking resume and keep sending it off. Persistence is the key. Some companies want to know you are keen to work for them. They want to see the effort you are willing to put in, to secure a job with them.

So, don’t just send a resume in and wait. This won’t get you anywhere. Unless you are the best engineer or skilled professional on the planet and your reputation proceeds you, don’t sit back and wait for a call. An insider source said, that nagging companies can really pay off. Your name will become familiar to human resource staff, if you continue to submit your resume. Eventually, the hard work may pay off.

They won’t just let anyone in though. You will need to have some required skills and knowledge. Check mining industry websites and see what positions they have vacant. There are minimal positions for unqualified staff, so your best chance, if you really want to enter this industry, is to get some qualifications.

Getting your foot in the door should be your first priority. You will need minimal restrictions and be prepared to work and live in remote locations; often in difficult climates. Having this flexibility is attractive for big companies, who are inundated with employment requests. Therefore, you will need something special to reach out of your resume and say “hire me!”

Lastly, once you’re in the industry, there is a much greater chance of maintaining employment. This enables you to follow the work and keep the cash rolling in. Many companies offer training to increase your skill set and it is advised, you take full advantage of these opportunities.

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By Kim Chartres

August 10, 2014

What being single means to me?

SheSaid recently asked the question “What does being single mean to you?” Here?s what some SheSaid readers from around Australia said?

Being single means being on your own; having independence; freedom and putting yourself before anything. Semra, 23, NSW.

The choice to eat pate on toast for dinner whilst wearing my flannel PJ’s. Being happy with who I am is what it’s about! Simonette, 27, QLD.

Being single means more room in the bed; more time with the girls; more space in the shower and sole possession of the remote control. Susan, 32, VIC.

It means oodles of bad dates and bad restaurants. Chantelle, 25, NSW.

To me being single means I finally have time to find myself; be myself and love myself. Jenny, 21, VIC.

I am a strong person; can change my own light bulbs; make huge decisions; eat Nutella out of the jar; take risks and love my choices! Elaine, 26, NSW.

Dates with new people; lots of time with friends; parties; shopping; chocolate galore; new hobbies and keeping up with gossip. Caroline, 25, NSW.

To have the freedom and time to focus on the people and things important to me. Jenny, 28, NSW.

Being single means everything to me; I have my independence and I control my own destiny? Tina, 31, WA.

Peace; quiet and hairy legs! Jennifer, 40, QLD.

I can go out with whom I want; can go on the computer at 3am; gaining the TV remote control; having the bed to myself. Rhonda, 45, NSW.

Being single has been the best opportunity to actually discover who I am and where I want to go in life; I know now what I want in relationship with a partner. Tania, 27, VIC.

Wearing whatever daggy underwear I want; seeing whatever ‘chick-flick’ I want; staying fit for myself and choosing my own life! Emma Louise, 18, SA.

Living with my own set of rules. No one telling me not to wear dark green nail polish. Hui, 20, VIC.

It means being able to make my own decisions; to be able to explore my full potential. Carolyn, 30, NSW.

Long lunches with the girls; Saturdays spent having manicures & pedicures; big nights at the pub – and no fighting over the remote. Bliss! Kylie, 29, SA.

Discovering yourself; your passions; beliefs and talents; who your ideal man is so when you’re ready to settle down; the relationship will be long-lasting. Roselle, 25, VIC.

It means that I know who I am and I love who I am unconditionally – and I am open to whatever opportunities come to me. Kellie-Ann, 24, NSW.

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