With more than 25 million people, the unemployment rate is low at 5%; Australia also offers some of the world’s highest professional salaries.
Why wouldn’t you want to head Down Under to seek your fortune with all these plus points?
Jobs in Australia
The Australian economy is dominated by the services sector, followed by industry and agriculture. Tourism is also big business, especially in big towns and cities. Your chances of finding a graduate job are higher in metropolitan cities such as Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney but don’t discount more rural locations. If you possess the right skills and qualifications, your chances of securing work are good.
Graduates at all levels generally enjoy a low unemployment rate and have better labor market outcomes and salaries than non-graduates.
Recent growth industries include:
• mining and energy
• science and technology.
For up-to-date labor market information, see the Australian Government Department of Employment – Australian Labour Market Update.
The best graduate employers, according to The Australian Top 100 Graduate Employers, include:
1. Google Australia
6. Department of Education and Training
10. Commonwealth Bank.
10. Commonwealth Bank.
If you’re backpacking your way around Australia on a Working Holiday visa, work should be easy enough to find. However, suppose you’re looking to make Australia your permanent home. In that case, you’ll need to apply through SkillSelect for permanent positions, while an employer can also sponsor you through the Employer Nomination Scheme.
Popular job sites include:
• Job active – Australia
• Career one
National and local newspapers advertise jobs and recruitment agencies also handle vacancies.
POPULAR GRADUATE JOBS
• Food processing
• Industrial and transportation equipment
The country lists its skill shortages on the Australian Government Department of jobs and small business website.
Currently, the majority of skills shortages occur in:
Shortage occupations include:
• diagnostic radiographers
• civil engineers
• mechanical engineers
For more information and a complete list of shortage occupations, see National, state, and territory skill-shortage information.
You can undertake casual, seasonal, or temporary work in Australia if you are between 18 and 30 on a Working Holiday visa.
Tourism is a big business, and backpackers can find work in bars, restaurants, and hotels. You could also work as a sports instructor or tour guide. The agriculture sector also provides many opportunities, including fruit picking and farm or ranch work in the outback.
You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to volunteer while in Australia as there are various organizations dedicated to helping you with your experience.
• Conservation Volunteers Australia
• GoVolunteer Australia
• Seek Volunteer
The national body working to advance volunteering in the country is Volunteering Australia. You can search for opportunities, find the nearest volunteer resource center and find out more about volunteering norms.
To teach in Australian schools, you’ll usually need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a degree and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), and at least some teaching experience.
As English is the country’s primary language, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is limited. However, Australia has many international students and expats who all want to learn the language, so TEFL jobs exist in public schools and private language academies. To teach English as a foreign language, you’ll need a degree and a recognized TEFL qualification.
Doing a work placement or internship can help build up your skills and give you the chance to make contacts who could help you get a permanent job.
Many dedicated Australian agencies can help you arrange your experience, but most charge a fee, so make sure you find out all associated costs before signing up.
Search for placements and internships at:
• Australian Internships
• Intern Group
• Intern Options
• Placement Year International
• Travelers Worldwide
If you’d like to work in Australia, you’ll need the appropriate visa.
As previously mentioned, those aged between 18 and 30 can get a temporary visa called the Working Holiday visa, which allows you to travel and work in the country for up to two years. You can do all kinds of work on the visa, but you can only work for six months with any one employer. You need to apply for this visa from your home country and will need enough funds to support yourself during your stay.
The primary business language in Australia is English, so you may need to prove your language proficiency for some roles and visa applications.
How to explain your qualifications to employers
The majority of employers will usually recognize your qualifications as the Australian higher education system closely resembles that in the UK. However, check with potential employers before applying.
To find out more about the recognition of qualifications, see ENIC-NARIC.
What it’s like to work in Australia
The average working hours in Australia are 38 per week, Monday to Friday, and a full-time employee is entitled to four weeks of annual leave and public holidays.
Australian national public holidays include:
• New Year’s Day
• Australia Day
• Good Friday
• Easter Monday
• Anzac Day
• Christmas Day
• Boxing Day.
Bear in mind that the number of public holidays is entitled to vary depending on different states in the country. Other public holidays, such as the Queen’s birthday and Labour Day, are declared by state and territory governments.