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?
2 years ago, Paul Wilkinson, set out on an amazing 9 month adventure across some of the most exciting countries in the world. His trip would turn out to be diverse, eye opening, full of unexpected experiences – and the best fun of his life.
He’s back, and as a Travel Expert at our Leeds Vicar Lane store, he’s been using his experience to help others create their own big trips, for over a year. As part of our own Your Big Trip campaign, I’ve pinned him down for the low down on his own trip and his expert advice for those thinking of taking the plunge themselves…
Bolivia's awesome Salt Flats.
It’s been nearly 7 months since Graham Freeman from South Africa, started working as a Tassie Wrangler in Tasmania, he’s currently starting his next adventure exploring the Aussie main land, but after a life changing 6 months working in what is without a doubt Australia’s best kept secret, it’s proving hard to tear himself away. Here’s his story about this time in one of the Best Jobs in the World…
“Forward Paddle!” bellowed our guide from the rear of the raft, struggling to catch his breath as we dipped in and out of the onslaught of rapids. We were nearing the end of our trip: 7 days, 100kms, the first people in this remote region of South Western Tasmania in more than 6 months.
Releasing Tasmanian Devils on Maria Island. Image credit Graham Michael Freeman.
It’s no secret that we’re pretty crazy about travelling here at STA Travel, it would be a bit weird if we weren’t right?! But over the next few weeks, as part of our new Your Big Trip campaign, we’ve got a bit more overexcited than usual.
Huge discounts, tonnes of new inspiration (have you seen our new round the world pages of the website – they’re fancy) as well as a brand spanking new Your Big Trip brochure to boot.
Our travel experts will be talking about big trips even more than usual over the next few weeks, so what better time to grill them about their own first big travel experience.
Say 'cheesy!' Travel Expert Josh from London.
Last week we bought you the story of Elisa, the Best Jobs in the World winner from France who is currently living the dream as a Park Ranger in Queensland. This week, it’s all about Allan Dixon, he’s been grafting in the Northern Territory for 6 months having bagged the job of Outback Adventurer. Allan’s stepped up to tell us of his favourite moments so far and why he hopes his experience can help turn your head towards a working holiday in the Northern Territory…
We all have that one country we’ve always dreamt of visiting. Well, mine was Australia and I’m sure some of you have the same dream as me. When the Best Jobs in the World competition opened, my mum told me to enter. I’ve always been spontaneous and optimistic, so I entered, and within two months I’d won the Outback Adventurer position. Quit my job in Ireland and moved to Australia without hesitation, though it was quite a change, just up rooting your life to another country.
Having been here for six months now, it’s been an experience of a lifetime. It has reminded me to get out there and see the world while I still can, to get out of your comfort zone and book a one way plane ticket.
Allan is currently living the dream in the Outback in Australia's Northern Territory. Image credit: Allan Dixon.