Is Australia good for living and studying

First the bachelor's degree, then the job in Australia: emigrate after graduation

20.02.2019

The common thread "Australia" runs through GOstralia! Student Linda's life: First a school stay, then the complete Bachelor and now Linda lives and works in Sydney.

The common thread "Australia" runs through GOstralia! Student Linda's life: First a school trip to Queensland, then the complete bachelor's degree on the Gold Coast, a stopover in Newcastle and now Linda lives and works as a media manager in the megacity of Sydney. In 2010, after graduating from high school in Germany, she went to Bond University for a Bachelor of Communication, completed the program within a short time thanks to the trimester structure and decided to emigrate because of love, among other things. In an interview, she tells us how her studies influenced her future life and how she assesses it in retrospect after ten years in Australia.

Hello Linda, in 2010 you contacted GOstralia! -GOzealand! applied for a bachelor's program in Australia at Bond University. When did you know that you wanted to study in Australia and why?
I was in Australia for the first time in 2007/2008 and did a student exchange on the Gold Coast. At that time I fell in love with Australia and also with my current husband (he is Australian). After my student exchange, it was clear to me that I would go back to Australia to study. Besides the reason that I wanted to be reunited with my husband (then a boyfriend) as soon as possible, I knew that studying in Australia was exactly the right thing for me. During my student exchange at Benowa State High, I was absolutely thrilled with the practical approach to schoolwork in Australia. In contrast to the German school system, in which everything is taught very theoretically, in Australia there is much more focus on oral presentation and practical learning. For example, we didn't just read and analyze MacBeth in class, we were also allowed to perform a scene from the book as a play. I really enjoyed the practical learning and that's why I knew that studying in Australia was exactly the right thing for me.

How did you get into Bond University?
During my school stay, I had looked at Bond University, Griffith University, and a few universities in Brisbane. What I liked best about Bond Uni was the student-to-teacher ratio, because in each subject there are around 12-15 students in one room. I also come from a small town in Germany (Lohne) and it was important to me that I study at a university where the number of students is lower, so that you have direct contact with the teacher and to get to know people quickly. I also really liked the international reputation of Bond University, because it was important to me to study at a good university in Australia that guarantees good career opportunities all over the world. Financially, the Bond University is comparatively more expensive than other universities in Brisbane, but the shortened study in trimesters pays off again, because you save on living costs through the shorter period and you can start your professional life faster.

What did you study and how did you like it?
I studied the Bachelor of Communication (Business) with a focus on Marketing and Public Relations. I enjoyed my studies very much and the combination of marketing and public relations went very well together. I could also choose four electives from any subject. What I liked best about my studies was that we did a lot of practical work. In almost every subject we had a live project from a real company, such as creating a marketing plan for the then new Windows7 mobile phone or a search marketing strategy for a cosmetics company and then implementing it in Google.

Did you feel that you were well prepared for your future professional life?
Bond University, my studies and major and also the professors at Bond University have prepared me very well for my professional life. Even if I am currently working in a slightly different direction than my studies, the skills and experience I have gained at Bond are very useful. For example, at Bond I had to give a lot of presentations in my subjects and quickly find an answer to a problem posed that required creative thinking. All of these skills help me in my current job and have strengthened my self-confidence so that I felt very confident and competent in my job right from the start.

It was more than ten years ago that I studied abroad. How has it changed your life in retrospect?
Yes, it's unbelievable that it was more than ten years ago that I graduated! How time flies when you're having so much fun. Studying at Bond Uni had a huge impact on my life and prepared me very well for my professional life and the challenges that come with it. It also encouraged me to move to Australia and work here. The experiences I had during my studies, the nice working relationship with professors and students, the practical work and the focus on innovative thinking and problem solving, all confirmed that I ultimately emigrated to Australia and then built my life here . Working life is not the same as when I was a student at Bond University, but I love life here and the connected lifestyle. Of course you work a lot here and it's just as stressful and exhausting as in Germany, but when you come home in the summer and jump into the sea in the evening, you know again why life is so beautiful here.

After completing your studies, you wanted to stay in Australia. How difficult was it to emigrate? What hurdles do you have to consider?
Emigrating to Australia was of course not that easy, but mainly because it was just a huge decision to leave my family, friends and my life in Germany behind and start something completely new. That was one of the biggest hurdles for me, but now I've got so used to this life that I'm happy that I made this decision. Emigrating to Australia involves a lot of effort and a lot of paperwork. I was fortunate that I had my current husband (boyfriend at the time), who is Australian, by my side and that I was able to apply for a partner visa. So I emigrated to Australia on a tourist visa and then applied for the partner visa as soon as I was here. There was a lot of effort involved, because I had to translate all my German documents into English, fill out and collect countless documents that could prove that we are a couple and also pay a lot of money for the visa (almost $ 8,000 at the time). So I advise everyone who is only thinking of applying for a partner visa, to collect all the documents that could be useful in any way and to have any German documents translated, because it is simply a lot of effort. The more you submit to the authorities here, the better. Another tip about the partner visa is that you should register your relationship as soon as possible in the country where you are likely to want to live. This step helps you a lot if, for example, you haven't lived together under one roof for a long time. In general, you just have to be aware that there will always be small hurdles that you have to overcome in Australia and that all of this is associated with a lot of bureaucracy. If you are simply patient and well-organized with all your data, then that is no problem at all and you can overcome everything easily.

You live in Sydney now. What are you doing there?
Yes, I now live in Sydney and now work as a media manager in an agency (Enigma Communications). Before that I was in a media agency in Brisbane and then I started at Enigma in Newcastle until I had the opportunity to be transferred to Sydney at the beginning of last year. In my job, I plan and implement the media strategy for around 15 clients, including the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. My job has changed almost every six months due to promotions, new customers or changes between locations. That's what I love about my job.

What is your advice to anyone considering studying or studying abroad in Australia?
Make it easy. Don't think about what could go wrong or what you're afraid of, but rather just be excited and excited about the incredible experiences you can have in Australia. I haven't heard from anyone who didn't enjoy being in Australia. If you are open and surround yourself with Australians or other students from other cultures right from the start of your studies, then you have the best chance to get to know and love the Australian way of life. And who knows, maybe it's like a life changing experience for me.


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