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1. Posted by L-Ro (Budding Member 22 posts) 6w

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be starting my WH in Australia in November.
I'm going to do my regional work asap so I can apply for my second year visa, however my question is about temp/perm roles.

My field is Business Support - I'm a PA. I've put myself out there as I want to work as a temp in my field before I do my regional work, but after that has been completed, I want to seek out permanent work/sponsorship (if possible), so I want to work within my field permanently.

I've had quite a few responses and people interested in when I arrive, but I'm curious to hear from other people in my situation - Where/how did you store your additional workwear? I'm only bringing one 55l rucksack with me.. and I doubt I'll be able to fit more outfits in there!
How did / would you approach this situation?

Thanks in advance :)


2. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 238 posts) 5w

I might suggest a different approach. Why not buy what you will need, when you will need it? That doesn't have to mean an outrageous amount of cost. While I haven't had to buy suits and ties during my travels, I have sometimes bought items suitable for cold weather for example during a trip. When I have needed to do that for a short stint of time during a long trip, I have gone to Charity shops and found what i needed with little difficulty. I'm sure I could find a few suits just as easily as a winter parka. The clothing has all been cleaned/drycleaned before going on the rack and there is really nothing to consider other than the 'perception' you yourself might have of wearing used clothing. It's not as if you are going to be buying used underwear.

In the little town where I currently live we have a shop called, 'New To You' where my wife has turned in some quite expensive clothing she no longer requires for example. I doubt anyone buying one of her $500 sweaters for $50 would find people thinking they shopped at a charity shop.:)

3. Posted by L-Ro (Budding Member 22 posts) 5w

Hi Oldpro,

Thanks for the reply! I intend to buy things only when I need them, however once used, I'm having trouble thinking where I will put the clothes, for example. I can only fit so much in my rucksack.


4. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 238 posts) 5w

What I am suggesting L-Ro is that you buy when you need to and when no longer needed, you return them to the charity shop.

So if you are working in an office environment for say 6 months, you keep them wherever you are living during that period of time. When you stop working in the office and no longer need office apparel, then back to the charity shop they go. I am not suggesting that you carry them around with you. I don't see this as a hard concept to understand.

If you are talking about using some clothes for a while, then moving and not needing them and then moving again and needing them again, then you buy-return-buy-return.

5. Posted by michellew5 (Budding Member 20 posts) 5w

Nice tips OldPro.
I really like the approach.

6. Posted by L-Ro (Budding Member 22 posts) 5w

Ah, i see! Thanks Oldpro, seems like the best thing to do!