Stephen: Irish Around Oz
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Perth, etc.
Hello! My name is Stephen; I came from Cork, Ireland and moved to Australia in July 2013 after completing my degree in Information technology support. I am currently living in Perth and loving my time here!
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I started my blog around September 2013 as I noticed there was a bunch of Facebook pages set up to help Irish in Australia, but all of this information was not readily available to them on a website. Additionally, there is thousands of Irish over here and I felt they were not connected as well as they could be. After all we are all here for the same reason.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Yes my main blog has a couple of great articles which took me quite some time to put together. I noticed all of this information was available online but you have to do a LOT of searching and research to find it. So I wanted to add it in a convenient and organized way for people to find! Firstly, regional work guide, then 50 Things you need to know before moving to Australia – this one I added a bit of humour but was based on things that I had experienced and my Facebook fans had. Money transferring the first question I had after I got settled in Australia! Lastly, getting sponsored in Australia is one of the most commonly asked questions I get!
Tell us about the ways your new life in Perth differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Well I get to surf before work and run on the beach after work. I settled quite easily, I have always been appealed to the sunny way of life. Didn’t really experience a culture shock as my first few weeks were treated more as a holiday as opposed to living in Australia.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Perth? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I didn’t really have any expectations, sure I had heard stories but I just came with an open mind. I think the only thing I might do differently is prepare for job hunting a bit sooner! As your money doesn’t last long here without a job.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
It was more luck than funny, but in my first job where I worked as a consultant I got the feeling the company was unstable and applied for a few jobs on a Thursday night just as a precaution. Sure enough when I came to work on the Friday morning I got informed the company would be closing their doors that day! I was shocked didn’t know what to do, however got a phone call from one of the jobs I applied for and asked could I go for an interview that day, I said sure I can come at lunch. Anyway long story short I got the job and started the following Monday! Couldn’t have worked out any better!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Perth?
- Don’t get too serious, it can be easy to get stuck in one place get a house and settle but I would suggest TRAVEL! Think about getting serious later. Enjoy your time now.
- Wing it, it´s supposed to be an adventure!
- Save up as much as you can prior to leaving!
How is the expat community in Perth? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
It´s growing! I definitely think there is a void in terms of groups etc. but I do think its getting better through sites like mine and many of the Irish communities out there!
How would you summarize your expat life in Perth in a single, catchy sentence?
Chilling by the beach, surfing, sunsets and awesome way of life!