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1. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 10y

Hi guys, I was just wondering how easy it is for Australian travellers in Europe to get jobs while travelling through Europe?

I have a UK passport and I am a certified Network engineer but Im willing to do anything.

Has anyone done this before, or does anyone in Europe know where I could get some work while travelling?

Thanks guys...


2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y

With those qualifications you'll have a job in no time. Just walk into any job agency in the UK (=little shops in the streets), and ask. With an UK passport you can legally work anywhere in the EU/EEC, even Switzerland, so your only problem might be the language if you are not in the UK or Ireland.

If you want to work in your job however, you might be asked to stay longer (three months min.) within a company. And finding work may be bit more difficult than you are used to, because some countries (= Germany, France) don't have quite the hire-and-fire mentality, so they think twice about taking you on. Instead of being told "you can start tomorrow" they'll thank you after your interview and call you back after two weeks, asking whether you want to start next month.

But don't worry, with an UK passport it is easy. If all things go south, you can always live on the dole. After all, you are entitled to it with an UK passport.

3. Posted by GeoReb (Full Member 4 posts) 10y

In non-English speaking countries that are part of the EU, you most likely can find temporary jobs teaching English, jobs in countries not part of the EU have their own set of rules, some which can make it some what hard to find jobs, or I should say legit. jobs. I know a lot of kids out of college for the summer hike across Europe and teach English as they go to make a few extra bucks to help make things easier while traveling.

4. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 10y

Wow I was really worried It would be pretty hard finding work and that I would start eating into my savings!.

I will starting in Greece in two weeks time then ferrying to Italy and travelling to Spain, France, then Switzerland or Germany.

Then settling down and finding a job.

Thanks for the info guys.

P.S I can get the dole?!

lol Is that only in the UK?

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y

Quoting EuroAndrew

P.S I can get the dole?!

lol Is that only in the UK?

Yes, UK only.

There are however special rules and certain circumstances under which you can apply for social welfare in other EU countries too, mostly after you have lived there for a few years or if you are in dire need. Germany for example will pay your hospital bill if you have no health insurance and need urgent medical care to save your life.

6. Posted by svaens (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

I'm also 'almost' in your position , andrew.
I'm from sydney, about to move over to germany (25th of april) to look for work. I only have so far a temporary work visa (working holiday visa) and my german is fairly poor. But i'm giving it a go.
I am actually freaked out... try not to let out on that in the real world ;) but ... yeah.. worried. Even though my current occupation is in I.T as a software engineer... i still get the impression that language as a barrier to the workforce is significant. I'll be doing a course quick when i get there to improve.
When do you go? I will be interested to hear about your success, or lack thereof.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y

Svaens, do you have any definite plans? I think Berlin would be easiest to find work. It's so multinational, another Aussie won't be amiss. (There are even a few Aussie bars and shops there, offering that ultimate evil: marmite and vegemite.)

Job sites (you will need to register):

8. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 10y

lol I suppose you guys think all Aussies like vegemite?

But it is bloody disgusting!

I hate it!

9. Posted by Cbppc25 (Full Member 75 posts) 10y

Listen, that's no joke. Tried some vegemite for the first time the other day. Tastes like car oil.

10. Posted by svaens (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi again ;)
marmite i'm not too keen on, but vegemite i love :)!!!!!
The trick is not to spread it as thick as you would jam. It is definately NOT jam. And it is actually quite healthy. A Great non-sweet breakfast must.
anyway.... the more serious topic!! Getting a job!!
I do have definate plans. Plan to go to Frankfurt (because that is where my girlfriend is) and hope to get a job somewhere nearby. Berlin is a bit too far away. Hopefully Frankfurt is as multinational as berlin, but as i have only been in berlin a very short time, i can't compare.
I have my working holiday visa.... do i need to register at or is it just a good idea?
Is there an office where non-nationals can go to help get work?
I guess as a national you might not know that :) but... no harm in asking.

p.s. there is also an aussie shop in frankfurt that i know of... where you can buy vegemite, and also tim tams!!