How to Get Work and Study in Australia

How to Get Work and Study in Australia
How to Get Work and Study in Australia
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Australia is a great place for internationals students, with student-friendly cities, world-class education, host of opportunities, and amazing adventures.  Apart from experiencing the life and realties of a new country, Australia’s degree-awarding institutions spoil international students with an array of courses across different disciplines, thus ensuring that each student has something for themselves.   

Cost of studying and living in Australia

Living and studying in Australia can be an expensive affair. The average cost of studying in Australia, according to the Study in Australia government website, is –  

Bachelor’s degreesAUD 20,000 – 45,000
Master’s degreesAUD 22,000 – 50,000
Doctoral DegreeAUD 18,000 to 42,000

Living in Australia as an international student

  • Students have to declare AUD62,222 in a year before they can apply.
  • AUD72,592 to be declared if a partner or guardian accompany   

Australia is an expensive country, and getting by can be difficult, especially as a foreign student in a new country. Hence, taking up part-time opportunities can help ease the burden of finances.

Things to know about working in Australia as an international student

  • International students are permitted in Australia to study on a student visa.
  • Australia’s immigration law permits international students to work 40 hours per week and unlimited hours during course breaks, while pursuing their education in Australia.
  • Jobs offer flexible working hours to students.  
  • Students, have the opportunity to earn and support their expenses while studying and gaining work experience in Australia.
  • Part-time work is the most common mode of work adopted by international students.
  • Before taking up any employment, students must check if their visas allow it.  
  • Failure to abide by instructions, or acting against the laws of the country can have unfavourable possibilities.
  • Visa information is stored with the Australian Department of Immigration (DIAC) and is accessed using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system; hence obedience to laws is of utmost importance.
  • Employment opportunities in Australia exist in different sectors such as hospitality, retail, sales, etc.
  • Umpteen options are available on campus as well.  
  • Part-time opportunities in specific fields of choice exist. Students with relevant and related experience can undertake such opportunities.
  • Internships, both paid and un-paid, are available for students who wish to gather experience and taste corporate Australia.   

Finding a job in Australia as an international student

  • Updated CV
  • Check with university career department for opportunities on campus and off-campus
  • Harness listings on online job portals, and new papers
  • Check university notice boards  
  • Network – speak to seniors or batch-mates for opportunities at their place of work; build industry relations; join forms, and register with a recruitment firm.

Do Australian universities help with employment for international students?

  • Universities have dedicated cells to help students find job opportunities
  • Opportunities existing on campus such as library assistant, university guide, cafeteria, research assistant, etc. can be taken up.
  • Students will require a Tax File Number (TFN) to work in Australia.

Working in Australia after graduation

  • Students that wish to work in Australia after completing their graduation are required to apply for a new work visa
  • To be eligible for the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa, you will have to complete Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degrees.
  • Some organizations sponsor work visas. The Human Recourse Department will have this information; it is worth reaching out to them.
  • In case of no sponsorship, candidates can apply for a long team work-visa by submitting their Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Australia Immigration Authority.

Tips on how to get a job in Australia as a fresh international graduate

Unlike in India, universities in Australia do not host campus drives.

After graduation, college placement cells and career units assist fresh graduates with job interviews or help connect them with suitable employers.

There is no concept of guaranteed placements. The skills and expertise of students are vital in helping them find lucrative opportunities.

It is important to build strong connections, skills and prepare well.

Collect reference letters from university professors or program coordinators.

It is important to pick relevant internships or employment during the course and acquire necessary skills pertaining to the job one hopes to pursue in the future.

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