Name: Iuliia Ri
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Building a new life in Queensland
Before I moved to Australia, I was finishing my high school and choosing the field and university I wanted to study at. I was accepted to the Medical School in Russia, but I wanted to study overseas. I took English Test and studied Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University on the beautiful Gold Coast. We chose Gold Coast because our family friends have been living here and they never stopped saying how stunning and warm this city was with its multicultural friendliness and magnificent beaches and plenty of opportunities. I arrived in Australia in November 2012 with a student visa. I received a temporary graduate visa on completion of my course in 2016 that allowed me to stay and gain my professional experience for 2 years.
State nomination process
It is really easy to follow the application procedures on Migration Queensland’s website. My case officer is very friendly and helped me when I phoned and emailed. He is always super quick with the email replies.
Working in Queensland
I started working as a Surgical Ward since I graduated from the University and I thought that was my niche. Interestingly, after six months of being a new grad surgical nurse, I got offered to transfer to Recovery where I am working since and developing my clinical skills and absolutely loving it. Although Ward nursing had taught me invaluable skills within that setting, Recovery provided me with critical care training and advanced paediatric and adult life support training which was the next step forward in my development. And this is one of my most favourite aspects about nursing because it opens a vast array of avenues for you to choose from.
I love my job, as it is very flexible in terms of family or personal interests. As a professional dancer I had to travel and train a lot and my managers were always very accommodating and understanding. We also have the best team in Recovery where everyone has each other’s backs and work within an extremely supportive environment.
Living in Queensland
Multiculturalism and equality are two biggest distinctive features that I loved about Queensland. Also, there are free outdoor facilities like BBQs, parks, bathrooms and showers at the beach for everyone which can make this country unique and enjoyable to live in.
I did Ballroom dancing back in Russia through primary and secondary school and I always wanted to get back into it. I tried Ballroom classes in Australia and it was very different from what I was used to, so I decided to try a new style – Salsa, and I fell in love with the Latin music, spins and social aspect of it. Not long after I have been asked to compete at the Australian Championships in 2014 where we won Gold in several categories. We pushed ourselves very hard and progressed from the best amateur salsa couple to the best semi-professional salsa and cha-cha-cha couple to one of the best professional salsa and cha-cha-cha couple in Australia (We are over 10 times Australian Latin Dance Champions since 2014). Plus, in 2017 we represented Australia at The World Salsa Summit and became Wold Salsa and Cha-cha-cha champions in semi-professional divisions and placed 3rd in Cha-cha-cha in a professional division.
Professionally, I would love to follow my parents’ footsteps and push myself further to become a Doctor. I think I have a great base, knowledge and experience from nursing that I can develop further and progress even more. And personally, I would love to establish myself as an artist in dancing and being invited to teach workshops and share my knowledge and passion with others.