Monday 9 April 2018

When Things Don't Go According to Plan

As of today, I have 67 days until I depart for Australia. What seemed to be a pretty smooth process so far, now seems to have gone 'tits up'. I had my Working Holiday Visa confirmed in early December, and so swiftly started the process for applying to AHPRA, the Australia nursing board, in order to become registered to work in Australia. Having a vocation such as nursing seemed like a really great way to up sticks and relocate to Australia whilst having a guaranteed source of income, however it certainly hasn't gone as smoothly as I had liked.

The process of applying to AHPRA is a fairly tedious one, involving a number of costs (I dread to think the total costs so far), gathering a wide range of documents (including approaching my secondary school for proof that I studied with them at least 14 years ago!), and chasing people constantly. The amount of e-mails and telephone calls I have made, to be told things such as 'you're not showing on the database', and to have my queries and requests passed from pillar to post, is simply frustrating and has made me want to pull my hair out.

On the 14th February, after two months of gathering the required documentation, I finally submitted my documents by Royal Mail signed tracking to Australia. I had no reason not to trust the Royal Mail, but unfortunately two months on my documents still haven't arrived, and after asking for help I was told either that my parcel had gone missing, or the tracking barcode had got damaged. Either way, how could I possibly know whether to wait for the parcel to arrive or to assume it has gone missing?  

I'm arriving in Australia in two months' time, and I need a job. Without my nursing registration, I won't be able to work. So the fact that the Royal Mail have royally fecked up has caused me no end of worry. I now have to go through the pain-staking process of gathering my documents AGAIN, and paying out the various costs this entails. To say I am stressed is an understatement. I am on the verge of giving up on this process and staying put. In fact, if I hadn't already left my permanent job, I'd be quite tempted to do so.

I'm hoping in a few months' time when everything is finally in place, I can look back at this blog post and feel relief. I just need to remember to hang on in there and stay positive!

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