What’s turning me off from applying for a PR in Australia?

What’s turning me off from applying for PR in Australia?

Just a few points:

1. It takes a long time to actually get an answer on whether or not you get your PR. During the waiting period, it’ll be very hard to get a permanent/full-time employment anywhere.

2. You need to work in your nominated industry for a certain period of time. God knows I’m not too keen in being in the accounting profession. I was actually contemplating jobs related to the finance industry (trading, financial planning, and etc.) before proceeding to flying.

3. Unless you get a good-paying job, things can be rather expensive over here.

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What’s deterring me from staying in Australia

Previously, I wrote about the reasons that could potentially lead me to stay in Australia.

Now, I’ll list out some reasons that might bring me home to Malaysia.

1. I predict that it’ll be hard for me to get a job

The economy is pretty bad here. Many companies are laying off their workers. On top of that, I am pretty academically challenged (i.e. my academic results are not that great). So, I predict that it’ll be hard for me to get a job here. Also, to get a permanent good-paying job in Australia, you need the Permanent Residency status. To apply for PR, you have to spend a few thousand dollars. If I won’t be able to secure myself a job, spending a few thousand dollars would be a waste of resources, no?

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What’s deterring me from returning to Malaysia

Here’s another one for the ‘Australia or Malaysia?’ series.

This time, I’ll lay out the reasons that could potentially deter me from returning to Malaysia.

1. Spending Power

It is in my opinion that by staying in Australia, I have greater spending power than if I had gone back to Malaysia. Indeed, in certain areas, things are more expensive here in Australia (like rent, insurance, property prices), but generally, I dare say that you’ll be able to spend more in Australia.

Let’s assume that if I work in Australia, my starting pay is AUD4,000 and also assume that if I work in Malaysia, my starting pay is RM4,000 (which I think is hard to get anyway).

Now, let’s compare the prices of some ‘luxury’ goods (I’ll compare the prices of necessities in my future post). In this instance, we’ll look at a few items. Here they are.

– Toyota Yaris ($20,000 in Australia and $107,000 in Malaysia)
– Nikon D300 SLR Camera ($2260 in Australia and $4650 in Malaysia)
– Nikon 18-200mm Camera Lens ($1029 in Australia and $2685 in Malaysia)
– Nokia E71 ($575 in Australia and $1000++ in Malaysia)

Why am I comparing ‘luxury’ items? Well, once in a while, I will be purchasing these goods right? When that time comes, my spending power will be more in Australia.

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Costs of running a car in Australia (Should I call Australia or Malaysia as home?)

The post relating to the costs of running a car in Malaysia is located here.

I only have an experience with running the car as stated below. As such, I will resort to using figures based on that car.

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Costs of running a car in Malaysia (Should I call Australia or Malaysia as home?)

In making the decision to either continue on staying in Australia or return to Malaysia, I have got to consider a number of things. One of them is to look at the costs of running and maintaining a car in both countries.

In this instance, we’ll look at a Proton Saga 1.3. As I have no experience whatsoever in maintaining a car in Malaysia, I have to use a lot of assumptions here. So, if you have much more accurate figures, do share with all of us yeah?

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Should I work in Malaysia or Australia? (Should I call Australia or Malaysia as home?)

The dreaded moment will soon arrive. I’ll be graduating hopefully by the end of this year. Questions upon questions of what’s going to happen and what am I going to do arise.

Before, I was so certain of getting my Permanent Residency in Australia, setting up my abode over there, get a job/set up a business, then only come back to Malaysia. Now however, with all the mumbo-jumbo about the financial crisis and other what-not, I am now not so sure anymore.

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