June 19, 2023
Irina Loncar

From the UK to Sydney: A Recruitment Professional's Journey and Insights

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In today's global workplace, professionals around the world are placing more emphasis on work-life balance than ever before. However, balancing the demands of work and lifestyle can feel overwhelming, especially in the hustle and bustle of a big city. Yet people are increasingly recognising the value of what their company and location can offer beyond a simple paycheck.

This is one of the driving factors behind UK recruiters venturing out to explore new career opportunities in Australia, which is known for its laid-back lifestyle, even in busy centres like Sydney and Melbourne.

As soon as you step foot on Australian soil, you'll be captivated by the lighter atmosphere that seems to permeate the air. Everywhere you look, people are out in nature, enjoying the great outdoors or just taking a moment to gaze out over the ocean. But don't be mistaken – this relaxed lifestyle doesn't mean people work less or earn less. On the contrary, Australia offers a wealth of professional opportunities and financial rewards.

The recruitment markets in the UK and Australia provide distinct differences and unique opportunities for professionals seeking new horizons. While the UK market is bustling and highly competitive, Australia presents its own set of advantages and rewards, being a much more candidate-client relationship driven market.

In this interview, we speak with Fabian Page, Java & Python Senior Recruitment Consultant at SustainAbility Consulting who embarked on a journey to Sydney from the UK and discovered the unique lifestyle and career opportunities the city has to offer.

Why did you choose Australia as your new home?

I chose to move to Australia due to the sunny climate and the chance to live around nature and the ocean. It’s an incredible place to live. It’s also a bonus that it’s an English-speaking country with a warm, welcoming culture.

What do you like most about living in Australia?

Definitely the climate and beautiful surroundings. It feels incredible to start the day with a swim at one of the many beaches and enjoy the sunrise.

What are the main differences between your lifestyle back home and where you live now?

The beach lifestyle and being surrounded by nature and amazing wildlife.

How do you balance your work and personal life, and what are some of your favourite activities to do outside of work?

Sydney enjoys a much healthier work-life balance. I am up earlier for a pre-work swim, gym, or run. After work, restaurants are bustling most nights of the week. It’s a work-to-live culture, not live-to-work.

Do you see yourself having a better quality of life than back home? If yes, why?

Yes, due to the above.

What do you miss most about back home, and how have you found ways to cope with homesickness?

Of course, I miss friends and family, but scheduling weekly or fortnightly catch-ups means I speak to family more regularly than I did living locally. Also, I head back once a year and friends and family are keen to check out Sydney.

What concerns, if any, did you have about relocating to Australia?

My only real concern was feeling lonely being away from friends and family. However, there are so many ex-pats out here you meet plenty of likeminded people.

How is the social scene and how do you connect with new people and build a social life?

Sydney is very social. People are quick to invite you to join their friendship groups for activities, food and drinks, etc.

What are your thoughts on the local transportation system?

Very good! The buses, light rail, and trains make the city very well-connected.

What are your thoughts on the local healthcare system?

Good! Quick and easy to get to see a Doctor.

How do you envision your career evolving in Australia, and what are your long-term goals for your professional life?

I took a step down in seniority to move out here and become accustomed to the market. My plan is to return to a lead position within a year or two and there is a clear scope for progression.

What are the main differences between the job market in Australia and back home?

The tech scene is smaller than the UK and the market is less saturated with recruiters. It is much more relationship led so clients and candidates are more open to meeting face-to-face for coffee. A slower pace than London.

Can you describe your experience working with the local talent pool in Australia and how it differs from what you were accustomed to in your previous location?

Candidates are more open to speaking with you. In the London tech scene, candidates are so overly inundated with opportunities from recruiters they become less friendly and receptive. In Australia, candidates appreciate your efforts and want to keep in touch.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering relocating to Australia for work?

The lifestyle out here is amazing, and I would encourage anyone considering a move to explore their options. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

How long did it take for you to accept the offer? From the first interview to the last?

6 Weeks. I spoke to 5 companies and carefully weighed up my options before accepting an offer.

How was the visa application process?

Easy. Getting together the info can take a little time but the company used a professional immigration service which made everything seamless and quick.

What was your favorite part of working with us and do you have any suggestions for improvement?

I appreciated the detailed knowledge of the recruitment agencies here.

Did this interview inspire you to discover more about Australia? The remarkable lifestyle, abundant career prospects, and supportive community make it a destination worth exploring.

What if we tell you there's still time to experience two summers this year? It's not too late to make the move and embrace all that Australia has to offer.

Drop us a message, and we'd love to connect you with the current recruitment jobs we're working on in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane.

Or if you want to learn more about the salaries, visa and other helpful resources – download our Move to Australia – Candidate Journey Guide.

Download it here.

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