WORKING IN AUSTRALIA|Must-Knows For International Students

Written by: A blogger with perspective on Study Abroad    Monday, 17 February 2020

WORKING IN AUSTRALIA|Must-Knows For International Students

One of the several benefits of choosing Australia as your study destination, is the freedom international students have to become a part of the country’s labor force! 

Although many counter the idea of students working part time, this article advocates it due to the numerous up-sides it carries. Here they are:

Experience

Taking up a part-time job as a student will allow you to gain work-experience which will enhance not only your skills, but also your CV, which employers will look into when you’re applying for a full-time job in the future. Having experience under your belt may also increase your confidence and comfort, because you’ll be less financially dependent as you will be able to utilize the experience and skills to earn for yourself. 

Networking

Getting a job will provide you several opportunities to meet and form relationships with new people. These relationships could turn into friendships or business relationships, which you can definitely reference to or contact if needed, later in your career. Meeting new people simply just makes life less lonely, which is a feeling many international students are subject to facing at least a few times. 

Ambition

Working and being a full-time student is a big deal! In order to do that, one needs grit, perseverance and ambition. Working as a student will push you out of your comfort zone and make you a harder-working person; it’ll make you ambitious. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT MY STUDENT VISA WHEN LOOKING FOR A JOB?

The Australian student visa allows students to work 20 hours a week, upon commencement of the course they’re enrolled in. Don’t be fooled though, as you must maintain satisfactory attendance and marks in your school or university, in order to keep your working privileges. During recognized school holidays, there is no limit to the number of hours a student can work; this would be the perfect time for you to capitalize off of the freedom you have and earn the most you can. For detailed information, contact a trusted education consultant or visa office. 

 

FINDING A JOB

Spend sufficient time researching the type of job you want, according to your skill level, your interest, location and salary. Narrow your options down to a few jobs and send your applications in, making sure you display the best (but realistic) version of yourself. Await calls, texts, or emails from employers and make sure your responses are optimistic, polite and timely. During the interview, make sure you’re dressed appropriately and you’ve prepared yourself for it; some things you may want to express are what you’re looking forward to gaining, why you applied for this specific job and what you think you can contribute to the business. 

 

AFTER GETTING THE JOB

Congratulations! You are now part of the Australian labor force, one that makes up a prospering, robust economy. Make sure to keep up your work ethics both as a student and an employee; but, remember your education should always come before your employment. Make sure you’re prioritizing your mental health as well, because it’s easy to get carried away with the art of making money. Most importantly, have fun with it! The study-abroad experience is an incredible one, so make the most out of it.