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Life in Sydney: A Consultant’s Journey from Hong Kong to Australia

Janice Lee - FDM

FDM consultant Janice Lee shared with us her FDM journey from training in the Hong Kong Academy to being placed at ANZ in Sydney in her first blog. She has now been onsite for three months and tells us more about her new life in Australia.

Time has flown and I can’t quite believe that I left Hong Kong, relocated to Australia and started my new placement three months ago. I’ve settled in really well to life in Sydney and am happy to share my experience so far with you all.

Life in Sydney isn’t too different to life in Hong Kong. It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a diverse population and perfect weather. There’s plenty to do and an endless list of attractions, but what I enjoy most is the lifestyle. My biggest adjustment has been learning to be independent and overcome problems myself as I don’t have family and friends close by. This is certainly not a bad thing as I feel grateful for this learning experience and becoming a better version of myself.

I am placed as a solution architect in the markets architecture division at ANZ. I am responsible for amending and updating the solution design for projects under the new ANZ delivery framework for future usage. To align with the massive agile transformation at ANZ, I also help with creating a documentation framework for the team to contribute to making good use of Confluence (a popular team collaboration space at ANZ).  I’ve had the opportunity to participate in various cloud seminars and events with my team to see what capabilities cloud can demonstrate in solution design which I really enjoy. My teammates have been really supportive and helpful and I have learnt a lot in the last couple of months.

With the help of FDM, the transition to life in Australia has been smooth and I haven’t encountered many challenges yet. Apartment hunting has been the most difficult part, so my advice to anyone relocating to Sydney is to try and spend some time researching the location you would like to live and your price range. This will definitely save you some time. The demand for apartments in Sydney is high so you need to be really efficient and active in searching.

I continually encourage myself to stay proactive and to ask questions to my peers and managers. This helps me to further develop, deliver my tasks effectively and learn beyond scope. I am thoroughly enjoying my time at ANZ and hope to broaden my skills and knowledge for the remainder of my placement. Work and life in Sydney has been great so far. I believe change is positive and it has given me the opportunity to start this new journey and better myself.

If anyone would like to know more about my life in Australia, then please do not hesitate to connect with me.

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