Advance community members respond to polls via social media and our monthly #BornGlobal newsletter.

April – Working overseas ๐ŸŒ

This month we asked – At what stage of your career did you first work overseas? The results are in, and they offer a fascinating glimpse into our communities’ timelines and trajectories of international work experiences.

Mid-career: 43%
After university: 37%
After high school: 11%
Senior career: 9%

The significant percentage of respondents opting for overseas work during their mid-career phase reflects a trend of seasoned professionals leveraging their expertise and accumulated knowledge on a global scale.

On the other hand, the senior career group exemplifies the notion that the pursuit of international opportunities knows no age limits, with experienced professionals continuing to seek new challenges and avenues for growth.

Speaking of working overseas are you looking for a new adventure? Explore our vast array of job listings across the globe, where your next exciting journey could be waiting.

March – Aussie TV shows ๐Ÿ“บ

Question: Which Aussie TV series have you enjoyed via streaming lately?

In this digital age, the magic of streaming transcends borders. Regardless of where you reside in the world, the wonders of technology enable you to access your favourite Australian TV series, bringing a slice of home to your screen with just a few clicks.

So embrace some of Australia’s newest TV. The nostalgia of shows about Aus can become a comfort or talking point within your community. Despite the distance, the desire to reconnect with the stories, humour, and characters that define Australian culture remains strong. So, as you curl up on the couch with a cuppa in hand, the laughter, the tears, and the accents remind you that, no matter how far you are, the spirit of Aussie TV is always within reach.

February – Aussie celebrities!

Aussie Hall of Fame! ๐ŸŒŸ Last month we asked,
โ€œWho is the most recognisable Aussie celebrity amongst your non-Australian friends?โ€.
To no surprise at all…

The โ€œGod of Thunderโ€ Chris Hemsworth took the top spot at 20% closely followed by both โ€œWolverineโ€ Hugh Jackman at 17% and pop sensation Kylie Minogue at 17%. Margot Robbie also known as Barbie at 16% then Nicole Kidman at 15%, Rebel Wilson at 9% and Cate Blanchett at 8%

January – What will your 2024 bring?

Our January Poll is all about embracing change and new beginnings! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“Š Here are the results:

– Starting a new job/business: 42% ๐Ÿ’ผ
– Starting a new course: 12% ๐Ÿ“š
– Welcoming a new family member: 5% ๐Ÿ 
– Moving to a new location: 22% ๐ŸŒ
– Not planning any of the above: 19% ๐Ÿ“Œ

As we reflect on the results of our January poll, the diversity of pursuits within our community has truly captured the spirit of change and new beginnings. From embarking on fresh professional journeys to embracing relocations and the delightful arrival of new family members, the richness of these experiences defines our vibrant community. โญ๏ธ

For those in pursuit of new professional opportunities, we invite you to explore our comprehensive job listings featuring roles across the globe. Stay connected with fellow members through our #CoffeeHour โ€“ a space designed for networking and insightful conversations. And if the idea of going overseas has crossed your mind, our “Going Global” resources are tailored to assist you in finding your footing wherever your journey takes you.

December – Festive Aussie Dishes

We dished out our December poll on your holiday feasts, and here’s the scoop on what Aussie dishes ๐Ÿฝ that adorn your tables during the holiday๐ŸŽ„season. Here are the results.

Leg of Ham: 42% ๐Ÿ–
Pavlova: 25% ๐Ÿฐ
Mince Pies: 18% ๐Ÿฅง
Prawns: 14% ๐Ÿฆ

November – Festive season travel habits

In our November #bornglobal, we asked: Do you travel home to Australia for the ๐ŸŽ„ festive season ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ when living overseas? Here are the results.

  • Sometimes (every 2-3 years): 35%
  • Rarely: 23%
  • Avoid travelling to Australia in Dec/Jan: 21%
  • Yes (every year): 21%

These insights offer a glimpse into the varied ways our global Aussie community approaches holiday travel. Stay tuned for more engaging polls and community updates.

Special thanks to Caroline Keys, the talented Aussie artist behind the captivating Australian Christmas graphic. Explore her delightful Christmas cards and discover more in her shop here.

October – Connecting with Australian Organisations when overseas

In our October #bornglobal, we asked: How do you connect with your local Australian membership organisation when living overseas? (E.g. Aussie Chamber of Commerce / Network / Business Council / etc.) The results shed light on the diverse ways our global Aussie community engages with their local networks.

39% – I attend occasional events 
39% – I don’t know my local Aussie organisation 
19% – I’m actively involved 
3% – I am not interested in my local Aussie organisation 

39% admitted that they don’t know their local Aussie organisation, which is indeed quite interesting. This highlights an opportunity for those unaware to discover and tap into these valuable resources.

For those who are looking to connect with local Aussie communities abroad, we encourage you to visit our Aussie Networks page. There, you can find Chambers of Commerce, business associations, social clubs, sports teams, cultural associations, and more, all tailored for Australians living around the world.

Remember, whether you’re planning to move overseas or are already there, we offer a range of resources, including our NextGen program, jobs board, events listing, and community contacts, to help you find your footing and create meaningful connections wherever you are headed.

September – Australian Referendum

We asked you about your readiness to participate in the upcoming Australian Referendum ๐Ÿ—ณ. Here’s what you shared:

Definitely – I know how / where Iโ€™ll vote: 45%
Definitely Not – I am not eligible: 42%
Definitely Not – I have an exemption: 9%
Probably – I might get a postal vote or vote in-person: 4%
Not sure / haven’t thought about it: 0%

Together, we acknowledge the significance of being active members of the Australian community, regardless of our global locations. For more information voting visit our webpage Countdown to a Historic Referendum to learn more.

August – Global Australian Awards

We asked where will you watch the Global Australian Awards on September 13th? Here’s what you shared:

31% – in-person at an Advance event (see the fun here) ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ“ก
24% – watch online by myself ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป
21% – maybe later on ABC iview or YouTube ๐Ÿ’ป
17% – online with friends or family
7% – I won’t be watching the Awards

July – International Sports

#InternationalSport | Which sporting event was most popular last month? Surprise Surpriseโ€ฆ

36% โšฝ๏ธ Womenโ€™s World Cup (Go Matildas!)
23% ๐ŸŽพ Wimbledon
21% ๐Ÿ Ashes
17% ๐Ÿ“š I don’t watch sports!
3% ๐Ÿ† Other (F1 Grand Prix and Netball World Cup) ๐ŸŽ

Thank you to everyone who participated. Has all this excitement got you keen to find a local sport team or club with an Aussie flavour? Check out our list of community sports clubs around the globe! ๐Ÿ‘‰ Community Sports

June – Australian identity overseas

We asked you how your Australian identity impacts your work overseas, and your responses revealed so much! Here’s what you shared:

45% of you mentioned that your Aussie identity helps you connect with people. ๐ŸŒ
34% of you pointed out that being a Global Aussie sets you apart in the workplace. ๐Ÿ’ผ
11% of you expressed gratitude for having a network within the local Australian community ๐Ÿค
6% of you mentioned that blending in with the locals is more important to you. ๐Ÿซ‚
4% of you shared valuable perspectives, related to having multiple nationalities; and the challenge of identity โ€œif not a typical white Australian”. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

Thank you to everyone who participated. Together, we celebrate what it means to be Australian, no matter where in the world we may be! #AlwaysAustralian

May – Advice for working overseas

We asked our members to share advice about working overseas. Direct from the Advance community – here are a few things to keep in mindโ€ฆ

1. Getting Started: Donโ€™t be afraid, be adventurous but plan well. Understand the market you want to enter and then tailor your CVs / opening pitch to suit it. Simply saying โ€œI want to work in Londonโ€ wonโ€™t cut it anymore.

2. Location, Location, Location: Your choice of where to work should be first and foremost based on the type and quality of the work itself. Location matters, but it should not be your primary decision-making criterion: thatโ€™s what holidays are for.

3. Cultural Awareness: GO! Take the risk as you will be rewarded in ways you do not expect. But before you go, take some cross-cultural training so you have a mental framework to compare and contrast differences in cultural tendencies when you engage cross-culturally.

4. Settling in: Volunteer with the local Australian chamber or community group to showcase your skills and make connections.

Want more? Read the full “Advice from our members”

If youโ€™re thinking of going overseas, make sure to check out our NextGen programjobs boardevents listing, and community contacts to help you find your feet wherever youโ€™re headed.

April – Finding Aussies Overseas

When asked where you are mostly likely to connect with other Aussies when overseas, 54% of you said you are most likely to meet other Aussies at the local AustCham, Embassy or Australian expat organisation. Other’s responded:

Through work/business relations ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ- 28%
Playing/watching sports โšฝ – 13%
Other – 5%

If youโ€™re not sure where or what that is in your area of the world, check out this useful page.

March – Aussie Mentors

The results of the poll – โ€˜When working overseas, do you retain contact with your Australia-based mentors?โ€™ from our March Born Global newsletter revealed:

– 20% of respondents do regularly
– 50% of respondents do occasionally 
– 30% of respondents do not at all

Itโ€™s so important to stay in-contact with your Australian mentors when overseas, even if you donโ€™t plan on coming home any time soon! 

Our Talent Return Program emphasised the importance of keeping in contact with your mentors in Australia โ€“ so, could we nudge you to reach out to one of your mentors today? ๐Ÿ“š

February – Accessing Aussie news

Our poll revealed that 85% of you access Aussie news daily or weekly ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐ŸŒ

Once a month – 6%
Rarely – 9%
Weekly – 20%
Daily 65%

This shows the deep connection global Aussies want to maintain with Australia โ€“ something we can facilitate! If you are wondering if you might have missed any big news items, check out our Aussie news rundown, updated periodically here. ๐Ÿ“ฐ

January – Aussie lifestyle

In our January #BornGlobal newsletter we asked you what aspects of the Aussie lifestyle you love / miss the most – here are the results!

โ˜€๏ธ Over half (53%) of you are drawn to Australia’s physical environment and weather:
Access to nature – 18%
Access to beaches – 18%
Weather / climate – 17%

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ The other half (47%) value societal factors the most:
Work-life balance – 16%
Down-to-earth culture – 12%
Good public services (e.g. healthcare, education, transportation) – 12%
Personal safety – 5%
Other cultural factors – 2%

The results show the many different factors making up the “Australian lifestyle” that matter to Global Aussies!-