How is work in Australia for international students?

How is work in Australia for international students?

It is seen in the newspapers and heard in the news that Australia has an excellent economic situation for those who are looking for work, that the unemployment rate is very low, approximately 6.1%.

Australia is a country with a large number of vacancies; people are needed in almost all areas, especially in technical jobs such as

  • mechanics,
  • plumbers,
  • welders, etc.

Also, in professional areas such as

  • engineers,
  • accountants,
  • doctors,
  • architects, and others.

On the other hand, Australia, with your student visa, gives you a work permit of 40 hours for two weeks and full time when you are on vacation, legally.

The good thing about this is that with working these hours a week you can live well in Australia, that is, pay for public transportation, housing, sharing with other students,  and food. The hourly payment depending on the work is between $ 17 and $ 25 dollars.

All this sounds great, but there are many factors to consider. Usually, the job opportunities depend on the level of English you arrive with, the period, and basically the plan you are going to organize to get what you are looking for.

Most students who get to study English by level work in cleaning offices, hotels, houses, because in these jobs they do not need to communicate much with other people. Normally these jobs are very good payments ($ 20 per hour) and the schedules are favorable because they are at night or on weekends and you can have weekdays to study for these reasons is quite common among Latinos, so much so that the second tallest building in Melbourne called it the “Colpatria Tower” because it was full of Colombians cleaning at night. 

When students have a little more English, they can get jobs in cafes such as waiters, or in restaurants helping in the kitchen, also in stores, in event security, taking care of old people in elderly or disabled people or children. For these, you need a certificate (Age care, children’s services). Usually, in Australia, to do certain jobs, you need to have a certificate,  You can also do a barista course to learn how to make coffees or to learn how to make cocktails; the strongest boys take out the white card to work in construction where the hourly pay is much higher ($ 40- $ 60) per hour although this work is heavier. But having these certificates opens your doors more and will help you have a better chance of getting the job.

There are cases in which students come with very good English and can get something related to their profession; it is not easy but not impossible. I know many students working in their careers as engineers, in administration, in banks, etc. It all depends on your goal, dedication, perseverance, attitude, and being different from others by opening opportunities and doors.

You have to be realistic, and although Australia offers many job opportunities, you have to come prepared with support money for at least 3 or 4 months. Some students can get a job in their first month in Australia, but others can take a little longer. So plan your trip well and if you have to postpone it a couple of months so you can save a little more money, do it. The important thing is that you have your clear objective and enjoy Australia to the fullest and all that it can give you but always with good information and planning.


  • Surround yourself with positive people, with big dreams and have a vision similar to yours (they say that you are the result of the five people closest to you)
  • Join the culture, go out, meet people, do networking and so it will be easier to get the opportunities
  • Invest in yourself, in your personal and professional development, read, watch videos, etc.
  • Be clear about your goals, your dreams, and work hard to achieve them.

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