Model student to role model.

While friends chose to make the move to Sydney or Melbourne, Malaysian student Kimberly Goh says it was Adelaide’s laid back, convenient lifestyle and festival culture she was drawn to.

Adelaide was always at the top of her list when making the move from Malaysia.

“I didn’t want to go to Melbourne or Sydney where I already knew people and had friends living and working there,” she says. “I wanted to go to a city where I could be independent.”

Originally moving to South Australia on a student visa to study marketing and communications at the University of South Australia, Kimberly says her migration process was made simple by enlisting the help of a migration agent.

During her studies, Kimberly says Adelaide was the ideal location to live, proving more affordable and accessible compared to the eastern states, both for university costs and the cost of living. She now works in the city too and continues to enjoy the benefits of city living.

“Adelaide is so much smaller and gives me the opportunity to work and live in the city. You don’t need a car to get around, everything is accessible, and people here are also much more friendly!”

After completing her studies Kimberly gained a casual marketing and events role at the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre in SAHMRI, which was a fantastic learning opportunity. But when a full time role as a Careers Officer at the Kaplan Business School arose, Kimberly jumped at the opportunity.

“My goal was to work in the higher education sector,” she says. “I wanted to work with international students, assisting and helping them achieve their career goals and also be a good example to them. Being a Careers Officer at Kaplan allows me to do this.

“I have personal experience in this sector, especially being an international student myself. I have such a high level of job satisfaction and feel that I can share my personal experiences with the students I am liaising with every day.”

However, she says it wasn’t just luck that landed her employment positions. She believes it’s all about networking in Adelaide. Throughout her studies and initial employment, Kimberly made the most of every opportunity and personal connection she came across, taking up volunteering positions and attending networking events.

“Opportunities are always there if you look for them,” she says. “Adelaide is a small city and everyone knows everyone, so it is really important to network and get involved in any events where you can mix with like-minded people, because you don’t really know who you’ll meet – maybe a new friend or a future employer!”

Now working in the career of her dreams, just a 15-minute walk from her home in the CBD area, Kimberly says Adelaide truly feels like home now.

“I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. It is a very safe city, it is relaxed and offers so much. To me Adelaide feels like home – everyone knows everyone and it feels friendly and familiar.”

Kimberly’s sister has chosen to move to Adelaide to complete her studies in chemical engineering at the University of Adelaide, and her family now come for visits.

“My family thought it was a very small city, but are happy and comfortable with my decision to study and now live here.”

Her advice for fellow-migrants if thinking about South Australia?

“Sometimes you need to step outside of your comfort zone - then amazing things can happen.”


Who: Kimberly Goh

Visa Category: International Student, General Skilled Migration 

What do you love about Adelaide? “I absolutely love Adelaide! We are in such close proximity to the regions such as the Barossa, so this makes it easy for a weekend getaway to explore more of SA. It’s always about 30 minutes to everything – beaches, winery, hiking paths, etc.”

Find out more about skilled visa options here.