The 3 year journey line: Becoming the successful student

“Nobody is going to sponsor you.. You think a company will pay to keep you..?” She said to me. There are people who will encourage you blindly (I’m not sure if they believe it, but it’s a polite thing to say). There are those who will encourage you truthfully. And …

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Melbourne vs Vancouver

Melbourne is the current most “livable city in the world” while Vancouver is a former number one. They compare a bunch of crap that you probably don’t care about, but what you probably do care about is major lifestyle areas. This is the first of a series comparing various cities …

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5 ways Melbourne is like Vancouver

People from Melbourne always have the impression that Australia is a lot like Canada. My response? “Well Canada is a very large Country so that’s not really true.” That being said, there are similarities between Vancouver and Melbourne. Since it’s a common perception, I’ll pick what I think are 5 …

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5 things I hate about Melbourne

This post could easily be renamed to “5 things I hate about Australia” but I wanted to contrast my post of “5 things I love about Melbourne”. Of course, while I love the city, no place is without its annoyances. History has shown me that people love a hating post …

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When things fall apart

The Unsuccessful Student has been utterly quiet these past three months. If you’re on my Facebook, everything would seem to be peachy, but truth be told, the last three months have taken a most unexpected turn. After a wonderful honeymoon phase with Melbourne, everything went wrong. An unexpected parting with …

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My experience with technology recruiters in Australia

Regardless of the industry, recruiters have a bad reputation. For many individuals, they may be no better than used car people. They are said to be dishonest and sneaky as they attempt to fill their vacancies by any means possible. They are also known to focus on higher paying jobs …

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A taste of startup culture

Startup culture in tech companies are infamous for awesome perks, great work life balance and a community environment for fostering personal and career growth. Of course, not all startups are like that. Companies vary greatly in how they build their culture and may look for different things when they hire …

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The first week in Melbourne

The first three weeks in Australia have come and gone very quickly and if I could sum it up in two words it would be the following: exceeding expectations. There are lots of details I can share, but I’ll start by summarizing my first week. As excited as I was …

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