MELBOURNE, AU (ROOMMATE?)

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    Jun 23, 2013 12:32 PM GMT
    Sept 5th is fast approaching and I don't have a place to stay!,

    Thats said,,,anyone looking for a roommate? <$1000/mo is ideal
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:12 PM GMT
    hahah same, september architecture/construction/design, but in Brisbane icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    There is a lot happening in Melbourne at the moment, the new mayor has been approving proposals like never before, I would suggest hopping onto skyscrapercityforum.com, and in the Victoria thread under 'ozscrapers' there's a lot of industry people there where you could network, unless you haven't already checked it out.
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    You right, Melbourne is such an historic city, and very culture oriented. Considering Brisbane as the fastest growing city in Oz, its also a good option.
    I would advice to make a very outstanding resume, so it will stand out from others, especialy from all the australian architects.In fact the architecture field is still tight at the moment and you should put all your energy on that to prebooked some interviews (or skype).
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    Well being raised on the Gold Coast and now living south I can say that Brisbane definitely lacks culture, would be a rude shock especially for Europeans, however indeed there is a lot of development in Brisbane, with about $1.04 billion being invested with apartment projects alone, Melbourne has more developing precincts such as South Bank, Docklands, St Kilda Rd and CBD. Australia 101 (380 m) and 555 Colins St (404m) are really making for progressive times. HFrecnhM is correct though unemployment for architects is very low so competition is high wouldn't hurt to make a killer resume....good luck! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 23, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    Heynice2meetya saidWell being raised on the Gold Coast and now living south I can say that Brisbane definitely lacks culture, would be a rude shock especially for Europeans, however indeed there is a lot of development in Brisbane, with about $1.04 billion being invested with apartment projects alone, Melbourne has more developing precincts such as South Bank, Docklands, St Kilda Rd and CBD. Australia 101 (380 m) and 555 Colins St (404m) are really making for progressive times. HFrecnhM is correct though unemployment for architects is very low so competition is high wouldn't hurt to make a killer resume....good luck! icon_smile.gif


    Used to live in Brisbane, and loved it. Its the reason Im moving back there. Def Melbourne is a great city. Love downtown cafes,... Brisbane can be a shock for europeans, as me, but def interesting and a new start. Sunshine coast, gold coast, further south flat rock and yamba/ballina, or up north glass house mountain, fraser island are other site close by . I choose Brisbane over Melbourne because I still have lots of friends and job opportunities there. Also less competition, as Brisbane isn't as well know compared Melbourne or Sydney. Also Brisbane have some big realestate develoment atm, few skyscrapers on the way. Moreover, I love the architecture "signature" in Queensland.

    PS: September is a smart choice, federal election is due on 14 september 2013, till then most project are on hold.
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    Jun 23, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    ibnthegreatof8s saidSo I am single handedly raising the Melbourne unemployment rate by .00001%, I'm on the market and would like advice
    I wish you the best in this quest.Living outside the US provides a young black man with invaluable cultural experiences that will be treasured for the rest of your life. While it's unfortunate that you will see racism directed toward the indigenous Aborigines, living a life without yourself on the receiving end of all that shit is somewhat invigorating. Get used to people recognizing that you have a different color skin without forming preconceived notions that limit their views about your personal and professional potentials. Be prepared to be viewed as "exotic".

    A visit to Melbourne two years ago was shorter than expected due to a cancelled departing flight. I found the city exciting and full of "culture" (theater, music, museums, etc). Even still Perth of all places was the gem of the trip mainly due to its presence off the Indian Ocean and the stark contrast of an oasis city with desert-like surroundings. Brisbane was great because of a swimming pool in Fortitude Valley and being such a walkable city. Sydney had all of them beat in terms of things to do and see. Overall, Australians are happy souls and very warm toward outsiders.

    Good luck. I expect to see some great things posted about your experiences starting in September.
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    Jun 23, 2013 8:42 PM GMT
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    ibnthegreatof8s saidSo I am single handedly raising the Melbourne unemployment rate by .00001%, I'm on the market and would like advice
    I wish you the best in this quest.Living outside the US provides a young black man with invaluable cultural experiences that will be treasured for the rest of your life. Get used to people recognizing that you have a different color skin without forming preconceived notions that limit their views about your personal and professional potentials. Be prepared to be viewed as "exotic".

    Good luck. I expect to see some great things posted about your experiences starting in September.


    not my first time abroad, lived in Lyon. wouda never left if they had jobs, circa2011

    as for being different, 'exotic' thats my favorite part of being away from home
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    Jun 23, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    what i could use is a digital copy of victorian building codes
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    Jun 24, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    Can't help you with getting a job, but cool that more people are moving here. icon_smile.gif

    I split my time fairly equally between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. All have their charms. There are amazing things happening in the arts, though admittedly you have to dig a bit deeper, and the support and simple numbers aren't as evident as in Europe. Things are very expensive here, so often great works are created but don't get many opportunities to tour, especially from the west coast.

    The Melbourne graffiti culture is awesome. And the cafes and bars are funky. Brisbane people are friendlier icon_smile.gif Sydney is just gorgeous. Perth also, though on that side instead of coves and cliffs, you have endless beach and sky.
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    Jun 27, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    In keeping up with relevant news, I'm happy Julia was thrown under a bus in the middle of the night.
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    Jul 20, 2013 1:45 AM GMT
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    Jul 20, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    How is this a problem. I did it 17 months ago, and here I stay!

    Shoot me a message if you have any questions about it. I came down on the Working Holiday Visa myself, and have been transferred onto a 457 work visa. I know most of the ins and outs at this point, so ask away!
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    Jul 20, 2013 2:32 AM GMT
    I have heard it can take up to three months since you have applied to receive an answer. Australia has a special agreement with the Commonwealth countries (eg Canada, UK) and neighbourhood countries (Some Asian countries like Taiwan, Japan & Korea), and for them in the process is a lot quicker.

    For USA and other countries, the process can take a bit longer. Up to 3 to potentially 6 months. Unfortunately that's just the reality of it. And there's no way to fast track it.

    I wish you all the best. I'm a Melbourne boy myself so feel free to ask me anything.
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    Jul 20, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    it just sucks; because if i had known, i would have applied in the spring. But looking at testimony online, it seemingly only took 8-10 weeks in the past. However, starting this year, there have been huge delays. And on July 1st, they took down the allocation date meter from the government website altogether,,,,so now we're all in the dark! icon_evil.gificon_question.gificon_evil.gif
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    Jul 20, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    I am not sure you are allowed to work here on a tourist visa.
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    Jul 20, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    Anywho, you should check out Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. The job market is here. Sydney and Melbourne are fantastic but the job market is highly competitive.
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    Jul 20, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    whitedarwin saidI am not sure you are allowed to work here on a tourist visa.



    you can work, with some minor restrictions (only up to 6 months at 1 employer) on the Work(ing/ And) holiday Visas.
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    Jul 20, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    whitedarwin saidAnywho, you should check out Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. The job market is here. Sydney and Melbourne are fantastic but the job market is highly competitive.



    Brisbane hates the gays... we've all fled Queensland and come down south icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 20, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    JeanDeau said
    whitedarwin saidI am not sure you are allowed to work here on a tourist visa.



    you can work, with some minor restrictions (only up to 6 months at 1 employer) on the Work(ing/ And) holiday Visas.


    Cool. I didn't know it.
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    Jul 20, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    JeanDeau said
    whitedarwin saidAnywho, you should check out Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. The job market is here. Sydney and Melbourne are fantastic but the job market is highly competitive.



    Brisbane hates the gays... we've all fled Queensland and come down south icon_smile.gif



    That is not correct.
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    Jul 20, 2013 5:13 AM GMT
    'brisbane hates gays' hahaahahahahah
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    Jul 20, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    whitedarwin saidI am not sure you are allowed to work here on a tourist visa.

    I won't be working,,,,,I'll be on VAY CA,,,,so what IS life like in Darwin???
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    Jul 20, 2013 5:21 AM GMT
    ibnthegreatof8s said
    whitedarwin saidI am not sure you are allowed to work here on a tourist visa.

    I won't be working,,,,,I'll be on VAY CA,,,,so what IS life like in Darwin???



    Life in Darwin is awesome but definitely not for everyone. It is rugged and outdoorsy. We got the Kakadu national park. It is as big as Slovenia. It got stunning wildlife, wetlands and escarpments. It's uranium rich. Most Australian cities are outdoorsy compared to many other cities in the world but Darwin could be a whole another level.
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    Jul 20, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
    whitedarwin saidI am not sure you are allowed to work here on a tourist visa.


    You right on mate , he cannot !
    Also coming with a tourist visa like he plans to , he will have to present a dated return air-ticket from his country of departure , or they won't let him in .