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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by rolishair: 6:38pm On May 11
isaacotokhagua:
As a medical laboratory scientist, working in Australia gives you better opportunity.
MLS is one of the skilled workers highly in demand in Australia.
If you have the bar!guy don't think twice Australia needs MLS.
how about microbiologist?
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 2:17am On May 12
In my opinion, if we keep asking and answering questions about how to migrate, we would just end up with another DIY PR or student visa thread here. There are lots of kind hearted people on those threads who are willing to answer migration related questions.

We should instead encourage people to share their experiences about settling in Australia, post pictures, ask and answer questions generally about living in Australia.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 2:47am On May 12
Brisbane - June 2019

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 2:51am On May 12
Queenslander photo taken at the Nsw-Qld border.

For those of you who fly into Brisbane, sorry, you can't take pictures like this. Haha

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 3:09am On May 12
It's been a while but I guess I was heading from Brisbane to Sydney.

Waze instead of Google Maps in Nsw. What do you think?

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by egobetatoday: 12:00pm On May 12
bligs:


Since you already have a Canadian PR, why not activate it and after two or three years you can effortlessly move to Australia instead of wasting time and resources for Australian PR?
Even if you are a citizen, school fees for children is not totally free unlike Canada, IT jobs are concentrated in the big cities and you compete with the best to get one, drilling jobs is on the lowest level as Australia is not an oil producing country and the closest occupation to that is in mining sector which is also on the decline.
The good thing is that there's high tendency of making more money in Australia than Canada in as much as you are not lazy and you are flexible to switch occupation in events of what you aspire is not forth coming and also things are relatively expensive than in Canada, weather conditions actually varies across the States, can be extremely cold during winter as well as very hot during summer.

Wow...I like your advice. But can u please explain how someone can move effortlessly to Australia from Canada after 2 or 3 yrs? I mean, how does it work?
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by masco131(m): 4:01pm On May 12
ideamaster:
It's been a while but I guess I was heading from Brisbane to Sydney.

Waze instead of Google Maps in Nsw. What do you think?
Waze is the real deal bro esp when you are going above the speed limit grin and that’s one hell of a journey!
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by FBS: 2:43pm On May 14
ideamaster:
It's been a while but I guess I was heading from Brisbane to Sydney.

Waze instead of Google Maps in Nsw. What do you think?
With Gmaps, that's some 13 hours drive or so without over speeding. You will be alright.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 2:52pm On May 14
FBS:
With Gmaps, that's some 13 hours drive or so without over speeding. You will be alright.

It is a short interstate drive.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by FBS: 2:57pm On May 14
bellong:


It is a short interstate drive.
Short ke? from Brisbane to Sydney? Say wot? cheesy best case scenario 10 hours drive.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 3:57pm On May 14
FBS:

Short ke? from Brisbane to Sydney? Say wot? cheesy best case scenario 10 hours drive.

10 - 13 hours drive is ok... It is not 28 hours cheesy

I did Adelaide to Perth which is 28 hours. Interesting drive.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by uchman(m): 4:12pm On May 14
bellong:


10 - 13 hours drive is ok... It is not 28 hours cheesy

I did Adelaide to Perth which is 28 hours. Interesting drive.

Like 1 whole day and?
That means you can drive from Lagos to Ghana...
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 10:33pm On May 14
uchman:


Like 1 whole day and?
That means you can drive from Lagos to Ghana...

Lagos - Ghana may be more stressful due to bad roads.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by FBS: 3:26am On May 15
bellong:


10 - 13 hours drive is ok... It is not 28 hours cheesy

I did Adelaide to Perth which is 28 hours. Interesting drive.
Ballina to GC, now that's a very short interstate drive but 10-13 drive ain't short at all.
But man, you did 28 hrs from Adelaide to Perth? That means you didn't stop at all? That's just not realistic. cheesy
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 4:02am On May 15
FBS:

Ballina to GC, now that's a very short interstate drive but 10-13 drive ain't short at all.
But man, you did 28 hrs from Adelaide to Perth? That means you didn't stop at all? That's just not realistic. cheesy

No, not a straight drive. It was 16 hours and 14 hours (including getting to final destination) it was about 30 hours altogether.

I did Sydney to Adelaide in 17 hours one way too. Driving on the freeway is fun. Only be careful of the ferals especially the Roos.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 4:12am On May 15
FBS:
With Gmaps, that's some 13 hours drive or so without over speeding. You will be alright.

Yeah. I don't speed because I have better ideas on how to spend my money. Lol.

But even with that, it's still good to know where the speed cameras are, both mobile and fixed, average speed cameras, the police, road works, broken down vehicles etc.

And yeah, Bellong is right, a 10 hour interstate drive is short. Driving from Cairns to Brisbane within the same state is 18+ hours.

During that journey, I was already midpoint between my origin and destination. But then, I break up my journeys into max 10 hours driving per day.

Fatigue is real and for me 8 to 10 hours per day is just okay.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 4:17am On May 15
bellong:


No, not a straight drive. It was 16 hours and 14 hours (including getting to final destination) it was about 30 hours altogether.

I did Sydney to Adelaide in 17 hours one way too. Driving on the freeway is fun. Only be careful of the ferals especially the Roos.

On the 17 hour drive, how many times did you stop to fill up your tank? Lol. Or do you put extra fuel in jerry cans?
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by FBS: 5:13am On May 15
ideamaster:


Yeah. I don't speed because I have better ideas on how to spend my money. Lol.

But even with that, it's still good to know where the speed cameras are, both mobile and fixed, average speed cameras, the police, road works, broken down vehicles etc.

And yeah, Bellong is right, a 10 hour interstate drive is short. Driving from Cairns to Brisbane within the same state is 18+ hours.

During that journey, I was already midpoint between my origin and destination. But then, I break up my journeys into max 10 hours driving per day.

Fatigue is real and for me 8 to 10 hours per day is just okay.
10 straight hours of driving? Nah, that ain't short. Would you Lagos to Abuja is a "short" drive?
Re cameras - Engage your cruise control and off you go.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by FBS: 5:15am On May 15
bellong:


No, not a straight drive. It was 16 hours and 14 hours (including getting to final destination) it was about 30 hours altogether.

I did Sydney to Adelaide in 17 hours one way too. Driving on the freeway is fun. Only be careful of the ferals especially the Roos.
Driving on the freeway is fine, roads are good and sometimes I wonder, why limit the speed so much? 110km max, I think only NT allows 130km.
Like why?
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 7:51am On May 15
ideamaster:


On the 17 hour drive, how many times did you stop to fill up your tank? Lol. Or do you put extra fuel in jerry cans?

I think I filled about three times, the tank last up to 850KM on freeway...
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 7:59am On May 15
FBS:

Driving on the freeway is fine, roads are good and sometimes I wonder, why limit the speed so much? 110km max, I think only NT allows 130km.
Like why?

I usually do 140km on free way. From Sydney - Adelaide, I did between 160 - 180 on one very long but lonely road. My GPS lost signal and I missed the right way...
I get over excited on long drive and i sometimes unintentionally do over the limit. I copped three tickets from Adelaide to Melbourne in 2017 I think, 9 demerit points with some painful AUD.


NT has a long stretch of road on SA border that has no speed limit previously. That is where car manufacturers used to test cars as I was told back in the days.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Ikjosh04: 8:37pm On May 16
Hi everyone, Good evening elder's (Nigeria time). Please sir's/ma's. I'll like to be informed, on undergoing a Msc (research work) in Australia. Excluding the enormous huge funding(scholarship) that's given to income student is there any other reason why someone should go for an Msc(research work) instead of Msc (course work)? Most especially when the person is not looking to be in the academia field. Does (Msc research work) also give 2yrs post study visa en route to PR and is there any hindrance/difficulty in getting a PR with a Msc(research work).
Also given this scenario Mr A did a Msc (research work) and Mr B did a Msc (course work) and both are applying for PR at the same time, who is more likely to get it?
In a single sentence my question is : what are the pros and cons of Msc (research work) in an engineering degree and what are the pros and cons of Msc(course work) in an engineering degree in Australia?.

Warm Regards
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Experience4u(m): 11:42pm On May 16
Are you practicing MLS in Aussie?
isaacotokhagua:
As a medical laboratory scientist, working in Australia gives you better opportunity.
MLS is one of the skilled workers highly in demand in Australia.
If you have the bar!guy don't think twice Australia needs MLS.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by jukeblam(m): 12:04am On May 17
Ikjosh04:
Hi everyone, Good evening elder's (Nigeria time). Please sir's/ma's. I'll like to be informed, on undergoing a Msc (research work) in Australia. Excluding the enormous huge funding(scholarship) that's given to income student is there any other reason why someone should go for an Msc(research work) instead of Msc (course work)? Most especially when the person is not looking to be in the academia field. Does (Msc research work) also give 2yrs post study visa en route to PR and is there any hindrance/difficulty in getting a PR with a Msc(research work).
Also given this scenario Mr A did a Msc (research work) and Mr B did a Msc (course work) and both are applying for PR at the same time, who is more likely to get it?
In a single sentence my question is : what are the pros and cons of Msc (research work) in an engineering degree and what are the pros and cons of Msc(course work) in an engineering degree in Australia?.

Warm Regards

A Masters by Research means you'll conduct research (via lab experiments or numerical modelling) and at the end of it, produce your thesis.
During your study period, depending on the supervisor who agrees to take you on, you might be pushed hard to produce publications or not. Some supervisors really harp on this, while some don't- as every paper you publish during that period will supposedly have your supervisor's name as a co-author which adds points to his/her profile. For people aiming to continue in academia, the more papers the better.

Most research courses have minimal to no coursework component but you'll still be the one to slug it out in the lab or on your simulations, reading numerous papers to make your own paragraphs etc. Finding a supervisor who has similar interests to yours and you both agreeing on a topic that you really flow with can make the journey a lot more satisfying.

Scholarship is not automatic for international students. Some universities automatically consider you for a scholarship in your admission application while for others, you have to throw in a separate scholarship application. Also, some lecturers get well funded depending on their areas of research and can offer scholarships to incoming students, as well- and some would rather you have a scholarship before accepting to take you on if they can't offer you one.

One can work and make up the school fees but when you think about the long and hard hours done to gather 30k plus, only to go drop into the grinning pockets of some uni while still being the one to go perform all the research work, you might hesitate to click the 'Make payment' button when the time is due. However, people have done it and it is very doable. Just make it count and ensure there's a solid plan to quickly obtain PR after the masters degree is completed- before the subsequent postgrad work permit period elapses also, which for a 2-year study period is 2 years post Masters by Coursework and 3 after completion of a Masters by Research.

On the flip side, there are usually no exams to write for a MRes or MPhil while a masters by coursework has exams and regular assignments keeping you extra busy- this doesn't mean research is a stroll in the park either. As for PR application, a masters by research will add an extra 10 points under 'Specialist education qualification' with most engineering degrees covered.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Ikjosh04: 1:11am On May 17
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback, I've started sending expression of interest to prospective supervisors and i hope i get a favourable feedback from most of them.
@the bolded, it's not clear. What are the things i can do that can lead to a solid plan for me getting a PR, I'm sorry if the question sounds absurd. I want to fully understand what I'm trying to get myself into(MRes)
jukeblam:


A Masters by Research means you'll conduct research (via lab experiments or numerical modelling) and at the end of it, produce your thesis.
During your study period, depending on the supervisor who agrees to take you on, you might be pushed hard to produce publications or not. Some supervisors really harp on this, while some don't- as every paper you publish during that period will supposedly have your supervisor's name as a co-author which adds points to his/her profile. For people aiming to continue in academia, the more papers the better.

Most research courses have minimal to no coursework component but you'll still be the one to slug it out in the lab or on your simulations, reading numerous papers to make your own paragraphs etc. Finding a supervisor who has similar interests to yours and you both agreeing on a topic that you really flow with can make the journey a lot more satisfying.

Scholarship is not automatic for international students. Some universities automatically consider you for a scholarship in your admission application while for others, you have to throw in a separate scholarship application. Also, some lecturers get well funded depending on their areas of research and can offer scholarships to incoming students, as well- and some would rather you have a scholarship before accepting to take you on if they can't offer you one.

One can work and make up the school fees but when you think about the long and hard hours done to gather 30k plus, only to go drop into the grinning pockets of some uni while still being the one to go perform all the research work, you might hesitate to click the 'Make payment' button when the time is due. However, people have done it and it is very doable. Just make it count and ensure there's a solid plan to quickly obtain PR after the masters degree is completed - before the subsequent postgrad work permit period elapses also, which for a 2-year study period is 2 years post Masters by Coursework and 3 after completion of a Masters by Research.

On the flip side, there are usually no exams to write for a MRes or MPhil while a masters by coursework has exams and regular assignments keeping you extra busy- this doesn't mean research is a stroll in the park either. As for PR application, a masters by research will add an extra 10 points under 'Specialist education qualification' with most engineering degrees covered.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Bnimz(m): 7:29am On May 17
FBS:

Driving on the freeway is fine, roads are good and sometimes I wonder, why limit the speed so much? 110km max, I think only NT allows 130km.
Like why?
The problem is fatigue/Concentration.. As we have established, long drives are kinda default due to landmass... the higher the speed, the smaller the mistake has to be to result in a fatal accident... And you might not be the one driving nonsense, someone else could drive some crap and at 150km/hr you might not be able to react fast enough....


There was a night I was so tired driving along a highway that I dozed off for like a second or two... Even at 110, in that short time, I crossed from left lane, past middle lane, and was in the right lane all without knowing... This was 110... If I was doing 140 under the same conditions I'd have slammed into the trees in the middle of the highway before I could react.

And if someone else was behind me, he would have had a hard time reacting to such an unexpected maneuver if he was going too fast..

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by FBS: 11:52am On May 17
Bnimz:
The problem is fatigue/Concentration.. As we have established, long drives are kinda default due to landmass... the higher the speed, the smaller the mistake has to be to result in a fatal accident... And you might not be the one driving nonsense, someone else could drive some crap and at 150km/hr you might not be able to react fast enough....


There was a night I was so tired driving along a highway that I dozed off for like a second or two... Even at 110, in that short time, I crossed from left lane, past middle lane, and was in the right lane all without knowing... This was 110... If I was doing 140 under the same conditions I'd have slammed into the trees in the middle of the highway before I could react.

And if someone else was behind me, he would have had a hard time reacting to such an unexpected maneuver if he was going too fast..
Very valid and acceptable points. Could never argue against them but then you get to go 110km/h in patches and NT allows 130km. 120km/h could actually be the sweet spot.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by jukeblam(m): 12:18pm On May 17
Ikjosh04:
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback, I've started sending expression of interest to prospective supervisors and i hope i get a favourable feedback from most of them.
@the bolded, it's not clear. What are the things i can do that can lead to a solid plan for me getting a PR, I'm sorry if the question sounds absurd. I want to fully understand what I'm trying to get myself into(MRes)

That just means be proactive in executing whatever steps required per the PR process; know the correct info, write your test(s) on time, gather your required documents on time etc while staying abreast of the immigration trend, news et al.

So you're not panicking 2.5 years after the masters when your postgrad visa is almost up but you are still trying to obtain a 20-point score from English test.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 2:06pm On May 17
FBS:

10 straight hours of driving? Nah, that ain't short. Would you Lagos to Abuja is a "short" drive?
Re cameras - Engage your cruise control and off you go.

Yeah, I know right? Some people struggle with 2 to 5 hour drives and I can definitely understand. It's not easy.

My old manual car doesn't have cruise control.

But one thing I have noticed about cruise control drivers on the highway, is that they usually set the speed above the speed limit at a value determined by how much faith they have. Haha. You would often find people setting the speed at 110 in a 100 zone.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Ikjosh04: 2:30pm On May 17
jukeblam:


That just means be proactive in executing whatever steps required per the PR process; know the correct info, write your test(s) on time, gather your required documents on time etc while staying abreast of the immigration trend, news et al.

So you're not panicking 2.5 years after the masters when your postgrad visa is almost up but you are still trying to obtain a 20-point score from English test.

Noted, thank you!!
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 2:40pm On May 17
FBS:

Very valid and acceptable points. Could never argue against them but then you get to go 110km/h in patches and NT allows 130km. 120km/h could actually be the sweet spot.

They have probably also considered trucks, short road trains, busses and coaches. Maybe they don't want 2 sets of different speed limits for small cars and for trucks.

Freeways/highways close to big cities are really good as they are dual carriageways with multiple lanes on both sides. You know you are entering a regional area when the highway merges into this bumpy undivided roads with overtaking lanes.

The road condition, winding roads, animals at night, overtaking speed and then fatigue zones are factors they may have considered to set the limit at 110.

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