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Need an Adventure - Would like to move to Australia

I have always been fascinated with Australia. From the unique social and cultural aspects to the beautifully diverse ecosystems, I have found Australia to be an amazing country and have wanted to live there for some time.

Right now, I in a bit of a lull in life and would like to move somewhere new and exciting while still remaining in relative comfort socially and materialistically. I think Australia would be the perfect place to live.

Currently, I live in Michigan, USA. It is cold, the career prospects are minimal, and I don't feel that I can live here much longer. I am planning to move as soon as I finish my Master's degree. However, I have a few paths that I can follow. I am awaiting response back from several universities about admission to graduate MFA studies in film/video production. If I am selected, I will be attending school for the next 3 years. However, if I am not selected, I plan to move to a warmer climate and work, saving my money.

I realize emigrating to Australia requires time and money. I figure I will have three years to save sufficient funds if I attend school. However, I will not have much career experience. If I don't get my film degree, I will have experience, but I am not sure how well I will do as far as money goes.

My credentials so far are good, I believe, but I have completed some of preliminary test for a skilled worker visa, and I don't meet the criteria for that. This summer, I will complete my Master of Arts degree in English Language & Literature (with a concentration in Creative Writing) qualifying me to teach community college here in America. I have substitute taught kindergarten through high school for two years, and I have worked as a graduate assistant in our department's Writing Center this school year. I also have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media (emphasizing video production).

If I complete an MFA in film/video production, I will be qualified to instruct at the university level (both undergraduates and graduates) as an MFA is considered a terminal degree here in America.

As far as a career plan, I would like to work in film/video production or some other closely related field. I was looking at Sydney as my sort of dream spot as I like the climate there and it seemed to be located in a good position to allow me to explore the country. As I understand it, Sydney is also a good city for media production.

I would like to know what steps I can take to help ensure that I can move to Australia within the next few years, if there are any Australian consulates located near Michigan that would be able to assist me with the transition to Australia from America, if there are any programs that would allow me to work/live in Australia in the near future (especially within media production).

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:47 AM
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Hi SB and welcome to the forum,
Australia's film industry is minute compared to the US and it's Fox Studios Australia in Sydney and Warner Roadshow Studios - world class movie, film and television production studios situated close to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. on the Gold Coast that could be our main industry participants.

There are a number of smaller production companies that get involved in producing films and documentaries, often in conjunction with our government funded Telvision stations, ABC and SBS and then you have others involved in both long running soap/drama series as well as more specific small screen mini series and they go to air through both governemnt funded and commercial stations.

I've got no idea of where they source people from, the extent of onshore and inhouse training etc. and there are a number of technical people from Australia who do go offshore, including the US whether it be because of shortage of work here or for the overseas experience.

I would think that to prepare yourself, researching the Australian Industry options would be a good starting point and then through that you may assess what training/experience studios or film companies may look for in personnel they seek at any time and to what extent they maintain regular staff or whether it is more hire for particular productions.

It could well be that your preparation might best involve getting experience in the US industry and no doubt there are locations warmer than Michigan and you'll find it just as competitive as Australia in seeking work.
Certainly experience will assiste any immigration application and any Australian Consulate will probably just direct you to Department of Immigration & Citizenship where you can explore your options, eligibility requirements clearly defined under the varios visas.

A-Z Occupations List - Australian Skills Recognition Information is a good section to show the full range of defined occupations and relevant details.

Looking at your Bachelor studies, if you do a years teacher training to supplement those, you may well find that teaching is a more positive option you could explore for immigration purposes, it more readily providing work and a regular income I'd expect and then you could follow your career interest from there, perhaps with some appropriate experience even teaching in your interested field.

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