I'm planning to go to Oz in March 06. I'm 29 and a qualified Holistic Therapist. I'll be going on WHM visa, but ideally want to move there for good. I know that Massage Therapists are listed in the shortage skills, but how easy would it be for me to find work and eventually get a permanent job? I'd also like to continue further studies if possible.
I don't mind where I settle as I have no ties and I'll be travelling on my own (for the first time).I have limited funds which is why i need to work. Any info would be great!
You need to map out a path to permanent residency (PR) now and make sure every step you take is towards the PR that you want. Massage Therapists, although on the skills list, are not on the Sydney and surrounding areas list meaning you don't qualify for skilled migration in the Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Gosford areas (basically 150klms North and South of Sydney). Also, don't confuse your lists: Massage Therapist is on the SOL (skilled occupation list), but ISN'T on the skilled occupations in demand list - they are two different things. The list I believe you looked at is for the purposes of categorising an occuptaion, applying points to it, and identifying the Australian assessing body.
You should also consider that you get an extra 5-points for being under 30 at the time of application, which is important as Massage Therapists are only a 40 point occupation as opposed to 60 points for most others. Important becauseif you are going for independent skilled migration you'll need 110 points.
Your best bet I think is to come out on the WHV, then find an employer to sponsor you under the Employer Nomination Scheme or on a 457 visa. It may be worthwhile when you are here to also consult a professional to ensure you are on track.
One last thing: when you apply for your WHV do not imply that your intentions are to work in your profession or migrate.
Hope this helps