Can I work while studying?
While on a student visa, you can work 40 hours per fortnight during the semester and an unlimited number of hours during the semester break. You should always be paid for work that you do including training and trial shifts. You should be paid at least once a month and receive a payslip within one working day of being paid. Australia has minimum award pay rates that vary across industries, that your employer must adhere to. Your employer is not allowed to give you goods or service (including food) instead of pay. If you need any assistance, or just want more information, then check out the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website: www.fairwork.gov.au/internationalstudents.
What do I need to know about tax?
Before working in Australia it is crucial to obtain a Tax File Number (TFN). Your TFN will ensure that you get tax at a correct rate for the ammount of work you are doing. Australia has tax free threshold of $18,200, meaning you will pay no tax if you are earning less than this ammount in one year. If you have any tax taken from your earnings then you will need to complete a tax return at the end of the financial year.
How do I find a part – time job?
Once you have arranged a TFN, set up a bank account and finished your résumé, you are ready to start your job search. The hospitality and retail industries are traditionally the biggest employers of student due to their varying hours and need for casual employees. Your institution career centre, or online job board may have several roles specifically for students. some bars, shops and cafés may advertise positions in their windows.
Getting a job checklist:
- Write a résumé
- Apply for TFN
- Open an Australian bank account
- Speak to your institution’s career centre
- Utilise online resources and network to discover available positions
- Apply for these positions with a specifically written cover letter
- Attend your job interview
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering will provide you with a vast range of soft skills, improve your communication skills, allow you to make new friends and intergrate more with your new community. Your university may have a volunteering office, but if not seek help at the career office. Off-campus volunteering may take you further into the local community and allow you to learn about Australian customs. The experience you develop through volunteering can be great advantage when you apply for professional role.
What should my résumé include?
The basic of a résumé include your contact details, previous work history and, for students and recently graduates, details about your education. Keep it as concise as possible and get somebody to proof read it for you. Include at least one reference; this should be a previous employer or someone who knows your work or study ethic. Speak to a friendly tutor if you need someone to be a reference for you. Your résumé and cover letter should be targeted for a particular role; don’t use the same generic versions for all jobs.
Writing a résumé checklist
- Name & address (Don’t include your date of birth nor your picture)
- Visa status
- Education history
- Employment History
- Information about your extra curricular activities and non-academic achievement
- A reference from past employers
- Can also include a personal reference
What’s the deal with internships and work experience?
Gaining experience relevant to your course of study is a great benefit as you transition into a professional career.whether this career is in Australia or overseas, completing an internship while studying is a uniquely valuable opportunity. You will often develop skills directly related to your career and learn how to operate within a professional environment. It is also not uncommon for internships and work experience to lead to employment with the organization after you graduate.
How do I get a job after I graduate?
In your final year you will have the opportunity to aply for graduate positions with a range of organisations. If you plan to stay in Australia after graduation then arranging a graduate position is an excellent idea. Employers have the opportunity to sponsor your visa and if your degree falls under “Skilled Occupations” category then this process is much easier.
Standing out from the crowd
Know where to look
This is the first part of the challenge. Once you have explored your institution’s option then head online. Use the advanced search options to select part – time or casual job that are either in retail, hospitality, cleaning or your area of study. Then set up email alerts so you will receive regular emails with jobs matching your search.
Don’t spam employers
Don’t just indiscriminately hand out your résumé to all over the place. Target relevant job and tailor your résumé to suit that style of job. Pay attention to skills or responsibilities relevant to that job and make sure they are mentioned in your résumé.cover letter. Expect to get rejected by most but submitting your résumé shows you’re keen.
What to wear to an interview
For a casual role you will generally not have to dress in business clothing but it is still essential to appear clean, neat and tidy. For graduate roles and professional internships business clothing may be expected, so research the company before you attend.