British Migrant to Australia Success Story

Ed Nicholls – Shares his Australian Job story

Ed Nicholls found the Australian job he wanted within four weeks of arriving in Australia. He had a number of factors in his favour, and admits that the ‘lucky country’ lived up to its name for him.

Ed, 31, grew up in Winchester, England, gained a university degree in business economics and started his career with a corporate events company. His work

included finding venues, which led to him accepting a Australian job offer from a hotel chain. He moved on to the Conrad Hotel in London, dealing with large companies that had contracts with the hotel for client accommodation and functions.

After Ed and his girlfriend visited Australia for the rugby World Cup (important general knowledge: England beat Australia in the final), they decided to move to Sydney. A company agreed to sponsor his partner, which made getting visas comparatively easy.

“I thought the smart thing would be to get a job in Australia while I was still in London,” he says, “but I soon learned that it was regarded as quite difficult to do. I had one interview in London but was unsuccessful.”

Still, Ed could do his homework regarding Australian jobs. He turned to the web and hotel and hospitality organisations to check out what Sydney had to offer in five-star hotels. While visiting for the World Cup, he had managed to have a brief chat with the general manager of the Shangri-La Hotel, sited at Circular Quay, between the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

After arriving in May 2004, he immediately contacted recruitment agencies and went for interviews for suitable Australian jobs. “I found them fairly easy to get because I had a visa.” The timing was good-there was a lull in employment in the hospitality industry (not least because many young Australians were working overseas, particularly where he had just come from). And because Australia wanted hospitality people, his experience in the field earned points for his visa.

Ed had an interview at the Shangri-La; they said they liked him but had no suitable job position available.

Then someone resigned a few weeks later and he got a call. He is still there as Director of Business Development, finding corporate clients who take out annual contracts for the hotel’s services.

While being new to the territory has its disadvantages in a sales role, it can also be perceived as an advantage.

While being new to the territory has its disadvantages in a sales role, it can also be perceived as an advantage.

“I wanted to get out and about and establish new relationships. I think the company appreciated someone fresh coming in,” says Ed.

“To an extent, it was easier here. In London, you ring up a potential client and unless you have a relationship already, they probably won’t give you the time of day. In Australia it’s, ‘Yeah, okay, I’ll give you 10 or 15 minutes’ and they don’t mind you coming in. People’s personalities are more open, I suppose. Sales is such a numbers game-you have to ring so many people to get an appointment-but I’ve found it quite

easy here and now feel confident.”

The Shangri-La is expanding globally and it tries to progress people’s careers through the company.

“That’s what I was looking for from London-a longterm career.”

He laughs at the irony of so many Australians going to the United Kingdom to earn pounds while British people flock to Australia for the way of life. “I earn a lot less here, but the way of life is so much better. Most people I know work hard-long hours-but they know how to relax at weekends. The living is good.”

Australian Job success stories are written by Steve Packer and published by Tribus Lingua

©Tribus Lingua 2007 This excerpt may not be copied without the permission of the publishers. Please contact us for permission rights Tribus Lingua

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