With thousands of young people heading for the shores of Australia every year to embark on a working holiday, the thought of joining them can seem daunting.
It’s only natural to feel a little nervous about what happens when you get there, ‘how will I find a job’, ‘which city is best to base myself’ are just 2 of the frequently asked questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
We touch on working holidays regularly on the STA Travel blog in articles including A Dummies Guide to Working In Australia but this time we’re going to talk you though some top tips for actually getting a job when you’re there.
What job would you like to do in Australia?
How to make yourself stand out from the crowd and secure that Aussie Job!
Here are 10 things you can do to help you along in your quest to bag the job you want on your working holiday in Australia.
Buy your Work and Play Starter Pack
Our Work and Play Starter Packs are designed to help make the start of your working holiday as easy as possible – leaving you to carry on enjoying all the fun stuff that comes with being in Australia!
The packs are customised for each of the major cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and contain airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation, bank account, tax file number, Medicare set up and AU SIM card, 12 months’ access to the Job Search Australia online jobs board and Job Search Australia offices nationwide and a ton of other work and play related activities, bus passes, day trip to help you make friends and start your new life in Australia.
Sydney is a popular choice of base for a working holiday.
Start prepping your CV at home before you go and travel to Australia with a folder full of copies all printed and ready to hand out.
It also makes sense to try and line up some interviews for after you’ve arrived. With the job site membership you’ll get as part of our Work and Play starter packs you’ll be able to start looking for jobs before you leave the UK.
Research, Research, Research
Think about the kind of work you want to look for and where’s best to head to find that kind of job. For example, If you like the idea of working as a dive instructor then Queensland is a great option. If you want to work behind a bar, chances are Melbourne or Sydney are going to have more opportunities.
That said, Australia is so diverse that you shouldn’t necessarily based your decision around work. Research the culture of each place you’re considering and have a think about where you’d be most happy personally.
For example, Melbourne is great for culture vultures and is quite arty, where as Sydney has excellent nightlife, lots of open green spaces and the people there enjoy a very outdoorsy lifestyle so it’s great way to please your city slicker and beach bum personalities. Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns are all different again and there’s the smaller town dotted along the coast to consider too.
Be Open Minded
Take chances and open your mind to every possible new experience. The general rule is – if it feels good, do it!
If you’re used to sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day in the UK, that by no means dictates that you’ll only get jobs in offices doing the same role in Aus. Push yourself, get out of your comfort zone and maybe even start getting experience in the months leading up to your arrival in Aus to give yourself a better chance of bagging a job somewhere a bit different
For example, Take lifeguard course, learn to dive if you’re passing through Asia on your way to Aus.
Think about what kind of work you'd like to do on arrival in Aus and prep.
Fill in any Gaps in your Skill set
This fits in with the point above, Think ahead and consider what kind of jobs you’d possibly like to do once you arrive in Australia and start filling in any gaps you have in your skill set now to really help you stand out to employers who could possibly be interviewing a host of other potential employees.
Use Gumtree Carefully
Gumtree is a great resource for job and flat hunting on arrival in Australia, but, tread carefully, sometimes vacancies are not exactly as they seem.
Sometimes employers adjust the location of their business and/or the responsibilities you’d be expected to undertake in order to get more replies and it can sometime be that the ad isn’t the same as the reality. If you do reply to ads on the site keep an open mind until you’ve found out more info in person.
Use a good Job Search Site
If you want to work behind a bar – be prepared
Getting a job behind a bar in Australia isn’t quite as straight forward as it is here in the UK. If you want to serve alcohol, you’ll need to have an RSA certificate.
Completing the course is pretty pain free – it should only take you a day and costs about $70. Only issue is that each state has different form of the RSA so you’ll need to be sure what state you want to work in before you apply (or just get one for every state to hedge you bets!)
If you want to do bar work, look into getting your RSA as soon as you know what state you want to live in.
Stand out from the crowd
It may sound like a cliché, but personality really does count for a lot – especially when applying for jobs on your working holiday. Generally, Australian employers place a lot of emphasis on how well your character will fit into their business and how enthusiastic you are to join them.
That’s not to say experience doesn’t count – of course it does, but if you can sell yourself well and get people to like you, it’s more likely they’ll take a chance on you.
Work to Live – don’t Live to Work
Yes, a working holiday in Australia is an amazing opportunity to integrate into a new place and potentially save a great amount of money to fund further travels or whatever else you want.
But, don’t let all that work distract you from all the amazing experiences available in Australia. Don’t get so caught up with earning money that you forget about the experience – there are amazing natural wonders and unique new cities on your doorstep – make the most of them!