Relocating to Sydney to join Talent Programs

For some participants joining the Talent Program, this means leaving home and moving to Sydney, Talent News spoke with participants to see how they coped with the move.

Ella Somerset is one of the Talent participants who relocated for her role with Transport for NSW. Moving from Brisbane in January 2018, Ella didn’t know a single person living in Sydney.

The weekends were quite challenging, I didn’t know anyone yet and I didn’t know the city. My house mates were great but they already had their own things going on, Ella said.

Ella found her housemates through Facebook groups that friends had recommended.

“I was fortunate it worked well for me and I’ve since moved in with friends I made after coming to Sydney. It is important to know you don’t have to stay forever, your first house might just get you through your first placement.”

Jonathan Love moved from Perth and had been living in Sydney for six months before he joined ELTP.

Jonathan said, “There are so many positives about living in Sydney but one thing I have struggled with is my car. I brought it across from Perth with me but don’t really use it. My advice would be to consider whether you really need it as it might be better to sell it before you move.”

Both Ella and Jonathan agree that rent is going to be your biggest expense.

“While we would all love a master bedroom with an ensuite in a terrace in Surry Hills, you need to be realistic about what you can afford. This will impact on whether you can afford other things like going out with your new friends or joining a gym.”

Regarding what to pay in rent, a good rule is to spend no more than one third of your wage. If this includes utilities and other bills, even better!

If you have relocated to the city to join the program or you’re a regional participant thinking about doing a rotation in the city, reach out to other participants early on. Having a support network when you get here will make the experience far more enjoyable.

Ella Somerset is more than happy to show new Talent participants around the city so please feel free to send her an email.

For some participants joining the Talent Program, this means leaving home and moving to Sydney, Talent News spoke with participants to see how they coped with the move.

Ella Somerset is one of the Talent participants who relocated for her role with Transport for NSW. Moving from Brisbane in January 2018, Ella didn’t know a single person living in Sydney.

The weekends were quite challenging, I didn’t know anyone yet and I didn’t know the city. My house mates were great but they already had their own things going on, Ella said.

Ella found her housemates through Facebook groups that friends had recommended.

“I was fortunate it worked well for me and I’ve since moved in with friends I made after coming to Sydney. It is important to know you don’t have to stay forever, your first house might just get you through your first placement.”

Jonathan Love moved from Perth and had been living in Sydney for six months before he joined ELTP.

Jonathan said, “There are so many positives about living in Sydney but one thing I have struggled with is my car. I brought it across from Perth with me but don’t really use it. My advice would be to consider whether you really need it as it might be better to sell it before you move.”

Both Ella and Jonathan agree that rent is going to be your biggest expense.

“While we would all love a master bedroom with an ensuite in a terrace in Surry Hills, you need to be realistic about what you can afford. This will impact on whether you can afford other things like going out with your new friends or joining a gym.”

Regarding what to pay in rent, a good rule is to spend no more than one third of your wage. If this includes utilities and other bills, even better!

If you have relocated to the city to join the program or you’re a regional participant thinking about doing a rotation in the city, reach out to other participants early on. Having a support network when you get here will make the experience far more enjoyable.

Ella Somerset is more than happy to show new Talent participants around the city so please feel free to send her an email.

Page published: 29 March 2019, 14:57