“I have secured the lifestyle that not too long ago was just in my dreams.”
-Rebecca Fu, accountant, skilled migrant to Australia from China
After finishing university in China, I worked as an accountant in a foreign investment company. It all seemed to be working well, but after some time I felt that something was missing – the work was not challenging enough and I thought that the lifestyle was not the kind that would allow me and my husband to start our family together. We’d heard that Australia was full of opportunity and a wonderful place to live, so we started working toward the goal of migrating.
However moving to another country was not easy. First of all there was the hurdle of language. I had to prove I had the minimum English language skills that the Australian government requires migrants to demonstrate by taking the IELTS test and achieving a particular score on the scale of English language skills. I was really worried, so I decided to study an English language course called an IELTS review for six months. It was a course that built up my English skills and also included IELTS test preparation to ensure I was familiar with the test format and ways to manage my time during the test.
At first I thought the IELTS test was all about having to meet the requirements for migration, but the more I attended the classes the more I came to appreciate that it was preparing me as well for my new life in my new country. When I finished the review class, I was not only ready for the IELTS test, I also felt ready for my new life with my increased English skills!
I knew that meeting the IELTS scores required to qualify for migration was not the end of the journey. Improving English skills requires continuous and conscious effort. The professional opportunities I was seeking would be easier to fulfil if I continued learning.
Upon arrival in Australia, I watched the news and TV dramas to continue to develop my English skills. I was fortunate to immediately find work with people who grew up in Australia with whom I can talk with and practise my English, as well as learn more about the culture every day.
Nowadays my husband and I enjoy spending time with our beautiful three-year-old daughter, Michelle. I am now back to my original profession and feeling balanced with a fulfilling family life. I feel I have secured the lifestyle that not too long ago was just in my dreams.