Jeremy Tung: ICT Specialist and Remote Worker
Tasmania is a great choice for remote and agile workers, as Jeremy Tung has discovered since relocating from Sydney to Hobart
From fast-paced Sydney to a large home complete with a pet pony in the backyard, Jeremy Tung and his young family enjoy a very different lifestyle after moving to Tasmania.
Born in Sydney, Jeremy spent his entire life in the bustling city, from school boy to working professional. It was a visit to Tasmania with his wife and six-year-old son that triggered a catalyst for change.
“We first visited Tassie in January 2017, arriving in Launceston and taking a great trip down the East Coast before exploring Hobart. As soon as we arrived, we loved the atmosphere here. We were wanting change, but didn’t quite know what that change would entail. We came here a further three times before we made the decision to move permanently in January, 2018. We haven’t looked back,” says Jeremy.
A combination of housing affordability along with a lifestyle shift were the key reasons for a move to Tasmania. The family had tired of heavy traffic and crowded living, not realising its layering of stress until they spent time in Tasmania. Now, each family member is experiencing a new level of ‘calm’.
In Sydney, Jeremy graduated with a Computer Science degree and was working for a medium-sized firm as an Information Communications and Technology (ICT) specialist in the software testing area when the Tungs decided to make the shift. He approached his company to work remotely from Tasmania and they agreed to a six-month trial. “The company didn’t have anyone working remotely at that time, so it was very new for them,” explains Jeremy.
Rather than a long Sydney commute, these days Jeremy’s workday begins by taking his young son to the local school before logging on to work at 9am. His work crosses all aspects of ICT, giving him plenty of variety through the working week. He’s usually clocked off by 5pm or 5:30pm and, within a few steps, he can morph into family chef preparing the evening meal.
Prior to moving, the Tungs spent considerable time researching schools for their son. Finding a school on Hobart’s eastern shore with a strong focus and nature and outdoors sparked their interest and helped cement the family’s decision.
Back home, the family can now indulge in their love of animals. With a dog, three cats, guinea pig, rabbit and pony roaming their backyard, they are grateful to be able to spread out in their new family home with plenty of room for the animals.
“This is something we never could have achieved back in Sydney. We chose the home specifically to have extra space, for my wife to establish a home childcare business, which she has successfully done. It’s been a juggling act but now we have a good system so I have quiet time and my own space to work. My room converts to a sleep room midway through the day – we make it all work.”
Their advice to others contemplating a move to Tasmania? “In considering the move, there’s always going to be lots of doubts. We went through the whole process of wanting to do it but having the doubts that keep people in what’s safe and familiar. For us, it was a leap of faith,” explains Jeremy. “In our case, it’s worked out beautifully. You can get through life and then have regrets – we want to say we have no regrets and instead give things a go.”
These days the Tungs are locals, purchasing a box trailer for all their camping gear and regularly setting off for the weekend exploring new territory. They spend loads of time with their animals and tending to their new fruit trees and expanding veggie patch. Their new Tasmanian life has given them the gift of time.
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