Following on from our article about where British expatriates like living in Australia yesterday, it’s time to address the fact that an increasing number of us ‘poms’ want to make the escape from the UK to fulfil the dream of living a brand new life Down Under.

The lure of the fantastic lifestyle, excellent climate and wonderful people in Australia is always strong for us Britons, but now that we’re in the depths of winter and on the brink of the worst recession any of us have ever read about let alone experienced, there has been a marked surge in the numbers of people actively looking for information about moving to Australia and starting a brand new life there.

For very many people, the first consideration they have to deal with is finding jobs in Australia – a job can be key to not only a secure financial transition, but to getting into Australia in the first place.  Therefore in this new series of articles and guides from Degtev, we will take you through the types of jobs available in Australia at the moment for relocating Britons.  We will cover everything from the medical profession to the construction industry and show you how you too can achieve the dream of living in Australia.

The General Skilled Migrant programme or the Employer Sponsored Workers scheme are the two main ways that people of working age have of getting into Australia.  The latter is for those who are fortunate enough to find an employer before they relocate, the other is for those who have skills in demand in Australia and whom the government of Australia believe will be of most benefit to the nation.

Of course, the ultimate way to get to Australia and make the transition into your new life as smooth as possible is to find a job in advance.  One Degtev reader who is so keen to move has already visited the nation 8 times, explored the main cities and regions where expats live and where there are employment options, and is making their final fact finding trip in April.  As a recruitment consultant our reader is in a strong position to find work, and this final visit is to hopefully secure a firm job offer.  With that in hand she will then be able to move to Australia thanks to the Employer Sponsored Workers scheme.

Others who would much rather have a job before they go can follow a similar approach and target would-be employers in Australia, they need to be prepared to travel for an interview or go for at least a couple of weeks and knock on doors.  For others there are expos and events in the United Kingdom where would-be employers come and advertise the fact that they are looking for workers.  There is an Opportunities Australia Expo in the UK in March taking place over the weekend from the 21st to the 22nd in London, and from the 28th to the 29th of March in Leeds.  Not only do employers turn out in high numbers to recruit, but the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship has a large stand and presence at each event to answer all questions you have and to help you get into Australia.

If you can’t attend either event and you’re happy enough to find a job once you’re living in Australia, then we suggest you look at your eligibility under the General Skilled Migrant programme.  You can look at the Skill Matching Database on the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship website and assess whether you have the right qualifications or experience to find a job Down Under.

There is a points system where your career background, qualifications, age and even your language skills are assessed to see whether you can get enough points to be eligible for a visa.  If you are eligible and a visa is subsequently offered to you, you then know that Australia wants and needs you!  You can then plan your new life in Australia and begin job hunting once you arrive in your new home nation.

And finally, as stated this is the first in a new series of guides that we will be producing to finding jobs in Australia.  We will be looking at a series of professions where there is demand for skilled Britons and explaining how if you have the skills Australia needs, you can apply to get a visa and relocate Down Under.