That look I get when I tell people I quit my job and moved to the USA with no plans or job prospects. That look is why I created a short scripted description to explain why I did it (even though I don’t really know myself) but people look at me and think I’m crazy, the last thing I want in a new country. So this is what I tell people: Well I have no commitments, an American passport, family and it is an awesome career opportunity, so why not!
For most people, especially in rural USA where I am staying with my family, that sort of thing is unheard of, so unfortunately they still think I’m crazy. But that is one of the main reasons of why I wanted to move overseas, to experience another culture! The USA is known to be similar to Australia, but really it is completely different (I will explain differences in another post). I think experiencing another culture helps you realize how good you actually have it at home. So when I do eventually decide to go home I will appreciate it so much more. Some of the other reasons:
- I don’t know what I am doing with my life. Now and when I was living in Melbourne. I call it my quarter life crisis. The time after you go from High School to College to Graduating to working and wondering okay whats next? Suddenly an end date disappears, something that existed all your life until graduating from university. My life was going to work, hanging out with friends (which I do miss), having another messy night out, waiting for the same social events to come up every year, eating the same avocado on toast brunch, and traveling home to my parents to escape the city life once in a while. Don’t get me wrong I loved my life in Melbourne I had everything I ever wanted, well I thought I did! But thats it, the same thing year after year, nothing was changing. So I made a change. Something that isn’t easy for everyone. Plus I can always go home, I can’t always move overseas!
- I have an American Passport. I would be stupid not to use it, especially since it is extremely hard to get a working visa in the USA.
- Family. Another big reason. Having grown up without my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family around and missing out on family events my whole life, I wanted to experience what it feels like to have them by my side without just a 4 week holiday with a time frame and then not seeing them for another 2+ years.
- Career Opportunity. For me my career was a fluke. Like a lot of people I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I just put a random assortment of courses on my preferences. Good news, I got accepted into University! Health Information Management, don’t know what that is? well neither did I. Turns out it is one of the most progressive careers you can be in right now. If you didn’t know, with all the technology around, majority of hospitals in Australia are still on paper! Seriously, iPhone 10 is out with facial recognition and patients are still being examined on a piece of paper. Point is, in the USA majority of their hospitals are electronic, but they are only at the start of their journey, there is still lots of work around organising and using the health data correctly, which is what a Health Information Manager does. So instead of living in the past of what paper is, I wanted to take that step forward and work directly with the future of Health Care. The opportunities are endless!
So turns out my short scripted description is spot on, but I think moving overseas for anyone even if you don’t have one reason but to make a change in your life, you should do it! I’m only at the beginning, but in the past 5 months I have learnt more about myself then I have in whole life. If you have the urge to just do it, then do it. Live life, thats what its there for.
One of the reasons why I love Chicago ^