Expectations vs Reality: Your Chances of Finding a Job in Australia With a Working Holiday Visa

Expectations vs Reality: Your Chances of Finding a Job in Australia With a Working Holiday Visa

After I did this popular post about finding work to fund your travel dreams, I received a couple of request from my Twitter followers about how easy it is to actually find work while visiting Australia.

I found my experience to be rather easy, as did some of the travelers interviewed in the following vid. However, your experience may vary and is dependent on what type of work you expect to be doing, whether it’s seasonal or not, and the all-round state of the job market and economy in OZ at the time.

Check this out. I’ve offered some useful links and tips after the video to help out those who’re interested in working down south of the equator.

There were some great tips shared in the video that can benefit all of us:

  1. If you have a trade, such as construction or welding to fall back on, you will have less trouble finding well-paying work.
  2. Service industry jobs can be seasonal, such as the restaurant industry and others that go up and down with the tourist industry (despite a year-round warm client, tourism is still highest in the summer).
  3. Hit up the local employment agencies to get help, even if the work is only temporary.
  4. Work is easier to find if you aren’t picky (hey, it’s a working vacation and you need money to live in this expensive, yet amazingly fun country!)
  5. Hit up online resources that offer the opportunity to secure a job before you go. This applies mainly to farming and service jobs, but if you have a specialty skill you might find something up your alley online before you go: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&es_th=1&ie=UTF-8#q=tourist+jobs+in+australia
  6. Don’t get discouraged, some employers just aren’t interested in hiring and training someone who they know isn’t going to be a long term employee. Move on and keep looking when this happens; something else will come along.

Here’s the link to apply for your own working holiday visa: https://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/working-holiday-visa-online-applications.aspx

Happy and safe travels!


Main image by Timo



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