Melbourne is Beautiful. That is an undeniable fact and it’s evident in my previous posts . I have learnt a few things about this country and how things work in a 1st world country and I wrote this to guide anyone looking to move to Australia from Africa .
A few things I’ve learnt in the few months of living in Australia :
1. It is hardly the most livable city in the world . To be honest I have no idea what terms they used to get Melbourne that title but this city is quite expensive place to live . Compared to life in Sydney,Melbourne life is much cheaper but it is exspensive especially for someone coming from Africa,Asia or the uk . Living costs are high, food costs are high . It will be hard work adjusting but it is possible to end up building a house and buying your own land .
2. ‘How are you going?’ Has absolutely nothing to do with your where about a or location . It’s just how Australians greet each other .
3. Health workers get paid more . There is shortage of nurses(critical skills list) And nurses get paid much more here than anywhere else I think . Here is the thing , if you are coming with a business degree/IT/science etc (sans a job offer) there is a greater chance of you abandoning that and taking up a career in health .
4. Public transport is readily available which makes it easier to move around but I strongly recommend coming with a drivers licence and getting a car . Australia is a large country and sometimes you have to pass masses of land to get to places . Having a car just makes travel more convenient and less time consuming. (But fuel is expensive so weight out your options)
5. lets talk about African makeup products. Australia is predominantly white nation and because of that most chain pharmacies/stores will not have African products. Forget walking into discount pharmacies to get you color foundation for an affordable price ,you are going to have to try the more expensive brands eg MAC, Nyx , Clarins etc . So if you are a student on a budget stock up before you come or buy online .
6. African hair . This has to be one of the downsides of moving to Australia. It costs a lot more to do hair here (I’d assume similar to American prices) but way above prices in Africa . There aren’t many hairdressers and so hairstyle/cut styles are limited .it’s easier to stick to braids or to invest in a good wig(just to be safe) . To find African hair products don’t bother looking in your nearest target /Kmart you won’t find anything there . You are going to have to find an African shop in designated suburbs . These are handy but they also mark up there prices accordingly so just be prepared.
7. If you have the option make sure you come on skills visa/work visa don’t come on a 6 month study visa just to gain entry because this will limit you on the jobs you can get . If you are doing well in Africa ,stay there. If this is your only chance then take it because you might find yourself doing grungy odd jobs to afford living in this country. Be prepared for anything!
I am still adjusting and learning as I go
updates to follow 🌸