I have read this entire thread and found a lot of information. Like a few members on this discussion thread I am ( little wonder) relocating to Oz also. I have a degree in Accounting and one in Education as well. Someone said that it was as difficult to migrate to Australia as it is to the US. I agree on the Australian half, I have never jumped through so many hoops in my life and I have friends who have jumped the same hoops to become citizens of the US. I'm not due to leave until later this year (early start), but I love Sydney and find the whole experience stressful but worth it.
I had the chance to veg in Sydney for a few months and found the people in Sydney were openly friendly, the cosmopolitan type lifestyle reminded me a bit like home (Chicago, IL) sans
the violence of course. :wink: From what I observed the people of Sydney worked just as hard in Australia as the people in the US do. It just depends on what they wish to accomplish in life. For some its all about career and others family and good times.
Trying to get away from Chicago's violent grind and the more than apparent racism, I move to Orlando, FL (UGH!!!) not a good move for me an African American woman, but an experience none the less. The point I'm trying to make is that no matter where you are there is always a scale of Pros and Cons it is just up to you choose which pros a better and which unchangeable cons you can live with. I'm willing to go through the stress because I desire to settle in Australia, that is my ultimate goal, but I will always love the US for what it has offered me and because its home.