Where The Jobs Are For International Students in Australia

Saddle up students! These are the industries hiring now.

You want to learn about the true Australian culture, so why not discover the culture while being part of a working team?

We all know being in a new country with new cultures, and a whole new range of challenges can arise — trying to survive during COVID-19 is one of them. However, as I’m sure you all know, working while studying can be a rewarding and exciting experience — and doing so in Australia is no exception!

In Australia, most students tend to have a pretty good work ethic. This may stem for our desire to have fun and spend money while doing so. The wages are high enough that we can work for fewer hours to make enough money to meet the lifestyle we want. Therefore, students keen to work part-timely while studying, myself included!

Of course, study should always come first (I agree!). It is important to not overload ourselves with work commitments and we should know how much free time we have available. COVID-19 is still having far-reaching impacts on part-time employment, but there are positive signs that the job market is making progress — NSW, Australia records 0 new cases in the last few weeks straight (read COVID-19 in NSW)

Based on SEEK, these are industries and roles in-demand this summer 2020:

  1. Hospitality — Casual Waiter/Waitress
  2. Tourism — Domestic Travel Consultant
  3. Administration & Office Support
  4. Supermarket Team Member
  5. Liquor Shop Team Member
  6. Uber/Deliveroo/EASI Driver Partner

My experience

I think it is not mandatory to have work experience related to your degree. Say, you’re studying IT and if you have never served customer before, you’d stumble at a basic stage. At the end of the day, the experience is part of learning journey — not mentioning about how much language skills you could improve during your work.

It took me 3 months to land my first part-time job — waitress role in Australia after I arrived here. And I was obviously rejected several times. But never once was ‘lack of local experience’ cited as the reason. My English skills were pretty basic. “Requirements” in job ads are not always essentials. Do the homework. People from all over the world come to Australia to study, work and live, not all of them are super-geniuses.

My quick advice

Be smart, keep looking, and have fun!

It is worth keeping in mind that your visa conditions as a student can restrict the amount of work. For most student visas, you have to work 20 hours per week during your study period and unrestricted hours when you are on holiday.

Are you an international student currently balancing study and work in Australia? We would love for you to share your story with us! Feel free to email us directly at [email protected]

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