I plan to go to Oz in september for a year looking to get good work and stay.
I have a degree in Multimedia Design (web,3D & product design) and want to work in that field in Oz.
I have been told that degrees are few and far between in Oz due to 3d level education being so expensive, is this true?
Can anyone advise me on what the prospects may be like for someone like me there?
many thanks in advance.
If you are planning on coming down under for a working holiday professional work may be harder to get than a casual job at a bar or restaraunt. But if your intentions are to stay for a lengthy period of time then you may have more luck in landing a professional job, but a lot would depend on your experience in the field already, as most australian employers do not employ you into a professional position straight away without having some type of experience in that field first.
My advice to you would be to start by researching multimedia design in Australia on the net before you come down under, so you know ehat you're getting into and what type of work may be out there for you.
When you get to australia you will need to register with a few employment agencies who specifically deal with that field of work if you want to get far. Otherwise the only other thing I could advise you to do if you're looking for professional work in australia is try some of the employment websites like www.mycareer.com.au or www.seek.com.au
Not sure where you got your information from, but its wrong. There are currently too many people with multimedia and IT degrees in Australia; therefore, demand is not that high. Multimedia does not feature on the Australian "Migration Occupations in Demand" list which is a good indicator of the state of each profession.
If you are coming on a working holiday visa you cannot work with any one employer for more than three months so you won't get long-term work. There are other visas - such as skilled visas - but as I said previously (based on your short summary) your degree doesn't feature on the list.
There are currently too many people with multimedia and IT degrees in Australia; therefore, demand is not that high.
I can't speak for the multimedia side, but web work was definitely plentiful, and once I knew where to look, more clients contacted me (with me having to turn down more projects due to lack of time), than I'd contacted before while I was still using Seek (which won't get you anywhere). Lee: I'll send you a private message on that.
If you are coming on a working holiday visa you cannot work with any one employer for more than three months so you won't get long-term work.
True. However, web work always goes through short projects, and working as a freelancer is supremely easy to set up. (Apply for an ABN, write "tax invoice" and that ABN on your invoices. Done.)
Sanders probably more on the money than me, Robbo, as he works in the field. Don't be put off from what I said as finding work anywhere (in my opinion) in the world isn't easy. You just gotta keep calling and bothering people and once your in the door you connect to the word-of-mouth market, which in your field is probably 20 times better than any online or newspaper advertising.