A bit about my travels:
I travelled around Australia for half a year. Myself and my boyfriend both applied for working holiday visas before we headed out there as we were in desperate need for some more cash to ensure we could stay in the country for a decent amount of time. We both found it surprisingly easy to get a job (luckily) and it really did give us that little push to be able to see and do everything on our Ozzie bucket list.
How did you find a job?
For me it was a case of the good old fashioned method of handing around CV’s to pretty much every single cafe and shop on the high street. For my boyfriend, he found his job straight away on Gumtree.
We were based in Manly, Sydney when we were on the job search. I would advice that you look for a job in a city as there will be a lot more choice and opportunity.
What was it like working and travelling?
It really wasn’t that bad. I did only work for a couple of months, but it was nice to settle down in a place and treat it like home. Getting up to go to work and having to be somewhere at a certain time was a welcome change from lounging around, lying on the beach and constant travelling up the coast.
Where did you work?
I worked in a little boutique-y homeware/clothing shop on the beach front – it was lush! Plus, the pay over there is a lot higher than in the UK. I guess it is relative to how much everything costs, but £10 an hour felt preeettttyyyy good.
Of course it is completely up to you – this is your adventure – but we would advise that you travel first and then work. Why?
Before you begin applying for jobs, make sure you’ve got a couple of things sorted. Then you can get rolliingggg…
A working holiday visa will allow you to stay in Australia for 12 months compared to a tourist visa which only allows 3 months.
The visa costs £370 – you can apply online.
You can leave and come back during this period.
If you’d like to stay longer than 12 months, you can be entitled to a second working holiday visa if you complete at least 88 days of farm work, fruit picking or construction work during your time there.
Finding a job can be a pretty hit or miss process. Just be patient and keep on applying…Here are some tips to get you started:
Here are some extra tips and tricks to get you fully in the know on all things working holidays…
I hope my tips and tricks have given you everything you need to know if you're keen on working in Australia. Just remember to persevere and be patient, someeeeee place has gotta take you! But most importantly, don't forget to enjoy yourself RatPack Style. Yewwwwwwwwwwwwww Holly (RPT Blog Writer) - Stay Tuned for my next piece…
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