Migration and Mental Health

After the euphoria of moving to a new place subsides, the void is instantly filled with nostalgia and most people experience withdrawal symptoms as a coping mechanism because a lot of things have not gone as smooth as they imagined. The emotional turmoil is full on and after a few months of handling the situation as best as possible, some people decide to return to their previous destination while for others who can’t due to financial or job commitments spend the rest of their time in a mindless state of depression.

Five Interview Tips for New Migrants

Analysing my performance and wedging out my weak points meant I had to be very objective and brutally honest with myself inorder to avoid repeating the same mistakes. As a new migrant searching for a job, you are usually at a slight disadvantage in that you don’t have local experience and your overseas education is probably not formally recognised. To make up for these, here’s a list of things you need to ace your interviews

Pathways to Employment Opportunities for Migrants in Australia

While there are various employment opportunities in Australia, certain conditions must be met to access those opportunities. As a new migrant, one of the things to be aware of is the varying work culture and recruitment process in the country. Australian companies expect that job seekers already have local experience which makes getting a job difficult at first but once you get that first job, you automatically have unlimited access to available employment opportunities.

Job Hunting and Desperate Times-II

The man who was to talk to us about the job was a local and he looked to be in his mid forties. He seemed older than his age and had a tired, worn look on his face. He sat and asked if we wanted coffee the and I ordered a one – flat-white with no sugar. While waiting for the coffee, he gave us a bit of background information to the job.

New Surroundings, New Friendships.

He was a bit more excited to have met a Nigerian than I felt being Nigerian at the time. I later learnt that he had previously studied in Canada where he met a Nigerian girl who became his house mate and helped him improve his English language speaking skills. The downside to this was he felt he knew all there was about Nigeria from meeting just one of us and he proceeded to share his knowledge with the group.

First Impressions and Culture Shock

I walked around a lot during my first week in Sydney and this meant I got to see and observe different places and people. What struck me as odd was the number of homeless people I saw on the streets especially at night. This was a stark contrast to the vision of picturesque and glamour I had in mind. My Nigerian mind could not…

Leaving Home

Needless to say, my legs cramped up almost half way through the second half of the journey. I remember twisting and turning uncomfortably in my seat, trying to find a comfortable enough position to nap. There was a guy seated next to me who kindly offered me his shoulder to rest my head.