Can International Students Find the Right Job in Australia?

International students might have either a very tough time or will find it a breeze to zero-in on the right job. Most students will be able to get some form of employment after they have spent a certain amount of time studying in Australia and their English gets better. The students who have fluency in English will undoubtedly find it easier to land a job. The most frequently-asked question by International students are:

  • Will I definitely get a job?
  • How much will I get paid?
  • Will this work be able to support all my Expenses here?
Can I Save Enough?

Very frankly- the answer to all these questions is that there is no surety for any of them. But before you press the panic button and rethink your decision of studying and working in Australia, read further. The fact is that you getting a job depend on a number of factors. The one thing you should understand is that it can be very difficult for you to get a job that will pay you enough, to save money and send it back home to your family.

Only immigrants are eligible for full-time work. The math is pretty simple. As a student, you are permitted to work for upto 20 hours a week and an average job pays around AUD15/hour, which works out to around AUD300 per week. Cut out the income tax and the transport expenses and you will probably be left with around AUD270 in hand.

Even a very inexpensive study course will cost approximately AUD200, which leaves you with AUD70 to meet your rent, electricity, transport, telephone, clothing etc expenses. In simple words- it’s impossible to earn enough to sustain you in Australia. But working part-time is a great way of augmenting your cash-stash while you are studying there. It is important for you to provision for all your tuition, accommodation, transport and food expenses.

Types of Jobs

Most international students end up working in the hospitality or the tourism industries. Qualified students will have to follow the same work schedules that commercial establishments follow. This is a definite hurdle as their college/ university course timings clash with business hours and you will find qualified system analysts and engineers donning aprons and working as waiters/waitresses. Some might take up cleaning jobs, deliver pizzas, work as store clerks in shops or work on farms too.

The Work Visa

As an international student, if you wish to work in Australia, you are required to acquire a Work Visa. Once you have got admission in a certain course, take a letter from your school, testifying your enrolment & attendance. You will also have to show your passport and pay a tax of around AUD60. If everything is in order, you will get a stamp that permits you to work for upto 20 hours/week.

Life as an international student who is in Australia on a shoe-string budget can be difficult- but at the end of the day, when you make it through- the fruit of your labor can be very rewarding.