Employment prospects in Australia
Find a job while studying or after graduation in Australia
Did you know that you can cut down your cost of living and gain work experience while pursuing your study program in Australia? Thanks to the Australian laws, working part-time on a student visa for up to 40 hours every two weeks is permitted.
Common jobs available on the campus include barista, library assistant, campus tour guide, research assistant, etc.
From small stores to chain of departmental stores, staff is required everywhere. In fact, students tend to form a major chunk of their staff.
You could look out for employment in restaurants, bars, hotels, multiplexes, takeaway stores, etc.
If you have existing qualifications or professional work experience, you might be able to get casual or part-time work in your field
If you’re lucky enough, you may also be able to get office jobs like that of an administrative assistant, marketing/sales intern, social media intern, designer, developer, etc.
If you have prior experience in fields like writing, designing, coding, accounting, admin support, etc., you could find work on freelancing websites such as Upwork, Fiverr, Peopleperhour, Guru, etc.
Other jobs that you could take up include babysitting, pet care, running errands, driving, farming, fruit picking, etc.
Several charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Australia need volunteers to help out. It can be a great way to meet friends, get some hands-on work experience and give back to the community
Yes, you can always reach out to your university’s career services and they help you with career advice and suitable vacancies in the city.
Most student visas allow up to 40 hours of work every two weeks during your course. You may also be able to work as many hours as you like during semester breaks. However, double-check your visa before starting any kind of paid work.
Remember: You’ll need a Tax File Number (TFN) to work in Australia. Visit the Australian Taxation Office website to find out more information on getting a TFN, as well as what tax you may need to pay.
Everyone working in Australia has basic rights at work. You as an international student will have access to these rights too!
This helps ensure that you:
- are compensated with the minimum wage
- can challenge if you are unfairly dismissed from a job
- receive appropriate breaks and rest periods
- enjoy a healthy and safe work environment
You can find out more about work rights on the Australian Government's Fair Work website. For information on work health and safety, visit the Safe Work Australia website.
- Ensure that your CV is updated
- Look for job ads in newspapers and online job sites such as SEEK, Indeed, Gumtree, etc.
- Check if your institution has any job notice-boards on campus or online
- Reach out to your university’s career services for help
- Register your interest with a recruitment firm
- Network. Be active on LinkedIn, join relevant forums, participate in meetups and build relationships with people in your industry
If you want to stay and work in Australia after you finish your studies, you’ll need to get a new visa first.
If you have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree, you may be eligible for the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.
In some cases, your new employer may be able to sponsor you for a new visa. You should speak with someone from your work’s Human Resources or Recruitment team to find out if this possible.
If you don’t have an employer to sponsor you, and want to stay in Australia longer-term to develop your professional career, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.
Students in India are often dependent on college placements for getting a job after completion of their studies. However, there’s no concept of campus drives and placement guarantee abroad – you’ll have to look for suitable jobs yourself.
Your university’s career service will be there to assist you with your job interviews or even connect you with suitable employers, but the rest is your own battle.
Always keep your network and skillset strong. Ensure that you do relevant internships during your program and acquire decent business communication skills. You could also ask for reference letters from your university professors or program co-ordinators.
Bonus tip: Don’t jump at the first opportunity, research well before you accept any job offer after graduation. It’s always helpful to talk to fellow students who already have jobs and find out what their experiences were like. You can also seek advice from your seniors and faculty as to the best course of action. Investigate into the kind of jobs you can get, wages you can expect and number of hours you are expected to work, and most importantly, where to look for these jobs.