02 April 2020 | Career Advice | Guest Author
In these strange times, the future feels very uncertain. With whole countries on lockdown and many others beginning to implement strict regulations, it feels as if the world has come to a standstill. Holidays have been postponed, big events cancelled, businesses shut and sadly many have lost their jobs as a result of these closures. But just because life is on hold right now, this doesn't mean you should stop planning your future. There will come a day when life returns to normal and we can begin to enjoy our freedom once again.
Have you have had to put your life-changing trip on hold? Or perhaps you’ve just been dreaming about starting a new life and career somewhere beautiful and sunny like Australia? Whatever the case may be, you have plenty of extra time on your hands making now the perfect time to get clued up on what moving to Australia for work would be like and how you’d need to prepare.
In this guide, we’ll look at how to find a job in Australia. We’ll also address finding accommodation, applying for the right visa and how to make the move to the other side of the world.
Finding a job in Australia
If you’ve decided it’s time for a career change, why not change location as well? Australia is a beautiful country with lots of exciting job opportunities. If you were feeling confident enough, you could simply travel over there and then begin looking for a job, but this generally isn't the best approach if you're hoping to start a new life and career.
Instead, make use of the internet; it is a wonderful thing and it will be the key to helping you conduct your job search from over 9,400 miles away. Start by searching for popular Australian job boards, these will usually be the best place to find a job in your chosen industry and location. Alternatively, if you know of a company that operates in Australia and you’d like to work for them, you could go directly to their careers page to see what jobs they are currently advertising for.
Finally, be sure to make the most of social media during your job search. You can use dedicated hashtags to help you find opportunities, join dedicated pages on Facebook and Twitter, or use the location filters on LinkedIn. There are so many ways you can utilise these platforms to help you find a job anywhere in the world.
Applying for your visa
Once you’ve gone through the recruitment process and found your new career path, you need to apply for your visa. Visa requirements are strict in Australia, so you need to get it right. There are different types of visas you can apply for depending on your industry and how long you plan to stay out there for, so you need to choose the one that best suits your new job.
The 457 visa is for skilled workers in one of the nominated industries and lasts for four years providing you’ve been approved by a sponsor (your employer). The 189 visa is for workers who are not sponsored by an employer and for this reason, is a much more temporary visa, more like a working holiday. There are also some permanent options available through nomination schemes; these are the 186 and the 187 visas.
As you can see there are a few options for you to choose from, so before you begin your application it’s a good idea to find out which visa you require. If you're unsure, check out the official immigration website or ask for guidance to ensure you get it right.
Finding somewhere to live
Once your visa is approved you need to begin looking for somewhere to live. Again, you may wish to book up a temporary residence and then look for more permanent options when you get out there. Alternatively, you can make the most of the internet again to help you find somewhere to rent. At this stage, you’ll need to take into consideration things like location, rent and whether you want to live alone or house share.
An internet search will help you to find property sites in your chosen area. You can then put in enquiries online. The only problem with this is that you can’t see the property in real life and will have to trust that the pictures accurately reflect what the property looks like. You could also check out dedicated social media pages where like-minded individuals might post if they've got a room or property to rent.
Getting your stuff to Australia
Once you’ve got the go-ahead and you’ve found somewhere to live, you’ve got to think about how you're going to get your belongings over to your new home. You’ll have your suitcase or backpack that you can take with you on the plane with you, but this is unlikely to be big enough for even half your stuff if you’re planning a move to Australia, even if you pay for extra.
Instead, choose a luggage shipping service to help you get everything you need over there. Look around at the different providers and you’ll be able to find a great service for a reasonable price. Most of these offer door-to-door services in a matter of days. So, you can pack your luggage, catch your flight with just your essential belongings and have the rest brought over for you.
Adjusting to life in another country
Finally, it’s a good idea to know what to expect and how to adjust to your new life in Australia. If you're hoping to meet new people outside of work, consider joining networking sites and apps. These can help you to find others who may be in a similar situation to you and you can arrange to meet up with them after you arrive.
Alternatively, surfing, diving and sports are hugely popular in Australia, so you might wish to meet other people through your hobbies. This is a nation who loves to be outdoors (and rightly so in that beautiful weather), so when you're not working be prepared to get yourself down to the beach or your nearest park to really get involved with the locals.
-Stuart, Digital Marketing Manager for My Baggage