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Moving to a new place can be both exciting and scary at the same time. There are a lot of job opportunities, new people to meet and many sights to see but you will need to know a bit more about the new city to get the most out of your stay.

Here we have a list of things that you might find helpful if you're planning to stay and work in Greater Melbourne:

 

Rent is a bit on the expensive side. According to the 2016 census, the median cost of weekly rent is at $350. In comparison, the national minimum wage is around $700 a week. Rent can account for more than half the minimum wage. If you are planning on migrating and working in Melbourne, it's a good idea to share rent with other people (there are many ads online in Gumtree if you wanna go that route) or stay first with someone local you know in Melbourne like family or friends before you get your paycheck and get your own place later. Also try looking for work that pays a decent salary. Most migrant workers are usually hired by local companies because of their expertise in a specific field, such as engineering, IT or software development. Entry level salaries can be around $40,000 a year but can easily be triple or quadruple that with enough experience. There are also high-paying jobs that don't really require much technical expertise such as being a translator and/or an interpreter aside from your mother tongue and English, though you will need to apply for certification to work for legal proceedings. Interpreters and translators are in demand in Melbourne because of the number of migrant workers there and usually earn around $60,000 a year to around double with experience in the industry.

 

Ready your cameras. If you're into photography and would like to travel around Melbourne, you'll be in no shortage of beautiful buildings dating back to the Victorian era, museums, art galleries, theatres, large parks and open gardens, most of which you can find in the City Centre or CBD (Central Business District). Since there are also a lot of migrants staying in Melbourne, there are a lot of different cultural events across the whole year. Some of the good spots to check out would be Flinders Street Station, 

 

The best way to get around Melbourne is by public transport. Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and is home to around 4.5 million people, and the public transportation system is fairly reliable considering the fact that it moves those many people around the city centre and the suburbs. It's fairly easy to get around without a car. Majority of the train, tram and bus services operate between 5AM and midnight on Mondays through Saturdays, and start 8am on Sundays. If you plan on getting around the city, you can drop by any 7-Eleven stores as they have Myki cards, which is a reloadable smartcard used for travel on trams, trains and buses. There is also the free City Circle Tram that runs around the CBD perimeter for access to tourist destinations complete with audio commentary.

If you're also into getting fit and the active lifestyle, bike rentals are also fairly common across Melbourne.

 

Good food is pretty cheap and affordable. Remember that because you are in Australia, quality beef, lamb and veal is cheap. That means that it's not hard to find good food at good prices. There are a myriad of different places to check out, from fine and fancy dining to cheap eats to international and to local cuisine. If you do plan on going out for drinks, just so that you don't get confused, pubs and bars are known locally as hotels; establishments where you can stay at are also called the same, which can be confusing to non-locals.

 

There are a lot of dollar shops around Melbourne. For those that want to save as much money as they possibly can, there are a lot of cheap shops around, and some of them are pretty well-known like Arthur Daley's, The Reject Shop or Dimmeys, all offering great value for your money. You can also take your time to look around and find those small unknown shops that also offer good prices for everyday use items. If finding good deals is something that interests you, you will enjoy yourself in Melbourne.

 

Chances are, there is a community of migrant workers from the same country as you. Most of the time, coming from the same background helps you connect better with them. They can give you tips on where to find other migrants that are also staying in Melbourne. If you happen to miss food from home, they can also direct you at local groceries or restaurants that serve those, which can be a great help if you're feeling lonely abroad.

 

Are you considering working or studying abroad? There are a lot of people who consider migrating to start a new life or to make a living away from home. But everything isn't as easy as it sounds for most. We've talked with a lot of immigrants through our and have workmates who are also immigrants. We have here some things that anyone should know about so they can be prepared to make one of the hardest decisions in their life. 

Many migrants feel homesick. Working in an unfamiliar place can be challenging mentally and emotionally. You still need to adapt to a lot of the differences between you and the people you work with, and it will take some time for you to adjust and get used to it. Aside form the people you need to get to know and work with, another thing people usually miss is the food. They could cook at home but not all the ingredients are available all the time and are usually expensive, but they put up with it to make them feel less like they're far away from home. Still, some people end up going back home in the end. And somehow it's weird when friends back home tell them that it was a waste to go back home when they were already making a decent living abroad. It's not always about the money, though.

Many migrants miss their family and friends. Sometimes if you have to leave family members and friends behind to work or study abroad. Not everyone can handle the loneliness. There used to be a time when communication was really expensive to the point that every minute was limited, but with the advent of the internet and the popularity of social media things have turned for the better.

Starting a new career in a new country can be scary but also exciting at the same time. There is no assurance that the transition from your old life over to the new one will be smooth and there will be times that you might feel that you made a mistake. Deciding to leave your old job behind, your family members and loved ones is already hard enough, but there is much more to consider:

Working abroad, in this case in Australia, will open new opportunities for me and my family. People who choose to migrate do so because of a lack of good paying jobs, or there are better opportunities for them and receive better benefits. Young professionals who choose to work abroad consider thinking about moving there together with their parents so they can get better access to healthcare services. There are those that, though they feel unhappy, still continue to work in an unfamiliar country to provide for their families.

There will be more things to experience, more places to visit, and more people to meet by starting a new life. Are you adventurous and open to new experiences? Then migrating might be one of the best things you can try. Sometimes it's not about being practical but being able to expand your horizon by getting to try new things, go to new places, and meet new people. Stepping out of your comfort zone can help you improve your perspective on life.

If you haven't checked out our article about moving to Melbourne, you can read it here. Some of them apply with Sydney, too, but we'll be writing additional info that's specific to Greater Sydney:

Sydney is the largest and oldest city in Australia and is one of the most cosmopolitan cities around the world with around a third of its population born outside of Australia. It is a port city with miles of shores

Travel around the city using an Opal smartcard. Opal is Sydney's public transport ticketing system. Similar to Myki cards in Melbourne, you can use the Opal card for tram, train and bus rides. Unlike Melbourne, though, the city doesn't offer a free ride for tourists anymore as more lines are being put in around the city. Driving our own car in Sydney is a bit hard especially in the CBD because of shortages of parking, so public transportation is the way to go if you're kinda new and trying to settle in and get a feel of Sydney. Most coaches travel to other cities as well. Trams are usually cheaper than train rides. It caps out at $15 on Monday through Saturday and $2.50 on Sundays which is good if you plan on travelling around the city a lot or take multiple rides. The Opal card can also even be used for ferry rides!