Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Wassim's story

My name is wassim. I come from Lebanon. My first language is Arabic.

In Lebanon, I completed my technical high school. I then finished 3 years at uni, and I joined the Lebanese army. I stayed 6 years in the Lebanese air force. I was a helicopter technician. I was responsible for the maintenance and repair of the external metal casing on the outside of the helicopter. The helicopters, called UH 1H, were the ones that had been used in the Vietnam War.

While I was working in the air force I met my future wife who is an Australian citizen. We came to Australia with our baby when she was 1 month old.
When I arrived in Australia, I went to several garages to see if I could do this job in this country. But I saw there was a big difference between the new technology in Australia and the old one in my country. So I realised I had to start a new life.

I have been in Australia for 2 years and 6 months. I learned English just for 2 months in ACL Bankstown, and after that I stopped learning and went to do some jobs to get money, because I have a family. We need a lot of money to live well, and especially with a new baby who needs a lot of expensive things.

But after all these years, I see now, I made a big mistake in my life to leave the English school to get some money, because if I hadn’t left my school in the first place, I would now have good English, and I could do any job I liked .

Now my plan is to improve my English and establish my own mobile handyman business. I will employ other tradesmen to do the jobs I am not qualified to do, for example plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc.