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Old 03-24-2011, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Australia
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Hey all!

I know you probably field the same questions all of the time - however, my wife and I are looking to make the move to the USA for about 1 year or so while the Aussie Dollar is doing very well, just to take a break from life in Melbourne, Australia, while we're both still young (25 y.old).

We travelled to California/New York City twice last year and fell in love with the States .. and while we can both appreciate that being a tourist somewhere is very different to living there ... we are willing to take that chance! lol

We are both proffesionals in the health-care field (aka. Medical Specialists) here in Australia, yet our qualifications are not recognised by the US Practioners Board, and as such we will need to find "casual" jobs (probably working at Disneyland lol). Money isn't a 'huge' issue for us as we'll be bringing a fair bit with us (around $30k), however we were wondering where some of the best places to live within California would be for us?

We both love the beach, and the 'materialistic' things in life (I'll also need to learn to drive a car on the other side of the road!) we are basically using this new apartment as a base as so that we can find normal employment nearby, and travel up the coast, to Vegas etc in our spare time.

Any help/suggestions would be greatley appreciated!

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:49 AM
 
Location: the illegal immigrant state
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You want to live in CA for only about a year and you're bringing a $30k sum with you- that's novel.

The usual advice is that you find employment before you arrive and that you not expect your savings to last very long. With $30k, you have considerable savings but I think you should still secure employment for at least one of you as even $30k can go faster than you think. After all, we all know that it's easier to spend more money, faster .

As for 'where', the more beautiful and desirable the place, the more expensive it will be. Do you want to live in a bigger metro area? Like LA? There will be more jobs there but more competition as well.

If you're OK with a smaller city, you can consider some small cities along the coast: Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo. Smaller cities will mean fewer jobs, though, and those are college towns so you may be competing with college kids or even illegal immigrants for non-professional jobs.

Again, start looking for employment now. Emphasize on your resume that you're front Australia as that will really set you apart from the competition who are comparatively all the same. I know I would want to work with some Aussies so I can hear about what it's like there .
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Australia
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Thanks for the reply!

I've taken your advice on board and will look for employment now! I've done some research into the smaller cities that you have listed - and they look fantastic!

I'll do my best to secure a position as soon as I can!

I'm also doing my best to contact the Medical Board of California to see if I can at least do some sort of work (even it's simply lab work - and no treating involved) despite not being technically "recognised" by the Medical Board in the USA.

By the way - If you have any questions about Australia feel free to ask me!
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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,,By the way - If you have any questions about Australia feel free to ask me!
As a professional you may want to not nickname California. Cali is in South America in Columbia.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: US
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As a professional you may want to not nickname California. Cali is in South America in Columbia.
Ignore these people, you will meet many locals who say Cali ... btw it's Colombia. Sorry there was a really exaggerated debate about the phrase Cali along with Philly and other nick names for cities, really trivial if you ask me lol. However, you wouldn't want to call California, Cali during an interview, but that's common sense.

I'm going to ignore the legalities and visas and assume you will figure that out. I think you would enjoy Orange County such as Irvine or San Diego. If you only have a 1 year time limit, it will be difficult obtaining a "real" job. You could find something in the hospitality industry, whether in a hotel or restaurant. Check Craigslist for job openings and housing.

I spent a couple years in Gold Coast and loved it! It was a great experience and I hope you enjoy your time in CALI too (sorry, but i made a pledge after the heated debate on city-data that I would from now on always call California, Cali even though I think it sounds stupid).

Good luck!
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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There used to be a handbook written for the many Australian ski instructors that came to Tahoe for the winter season.

I only remember a couple of rules.

1. Americans unlike Australians do not consider being blotto drunk in public, cool.
2. Americans do not sing when they drink.

Things may have changed in the 30 years since that was written, but, I recollect it was valuable in those ancient days.

Whether one calls in Columbia or Colombia is a little bit irrelevant if not snarky. Few of us refer to
Italy as Italia
Greece as Hellas
Germany as Deutschland
Sweden as Suomo..
Spain as Espana

And Cali is in Columbia/Colombia, not the US.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: US
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Snarky is going on someone's thread and not answering the question, but simply saying only an idiot calls California, Cali......please don't start a debate again about nicknames are only okay, if it's not a real place somewhere else in the world.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Snarky is going on someone's thread and not answering the question, but simply saying only an idiot calls California, Cali......please don't start a debate again about nicknames are only okay, if it's not a real place somewhere else in the world.
You can tell a persons educational level by their use of terms like Frisco and Cali, and it ain't good.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: US
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You can tell a persons educational level by their use of terms like Frisco and Cali, and it ain't good.
Yep because they teach you that when you get your bachelor's, master's or phd, right? You can tell if someone has something stuck up their...you know...by observing their mannerisms.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, California
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There used to be a handbook written for the many Australian ski instructors that came to Tahoe for the winter season.

I only remember a couple of rules.

1. Americans unlike Australians do not consider being blotto drunk in public, cool.
2. Americans do not sing when they drink.

Things may have changed in the 30 years since that was written, but, I recollect it was valuable in those ancient days.

Whether one calls in Columbia or Colombia is a little bit irrelevant if not snarky. Few of us refer to
Italy as Italia
Greece as Hellas
Germany as Deutschland
Sweden as Suomo..
Spain as Espana

And Cali is in Columbia/Colombia, not the US.
Australia and Austria .... two very different places.
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