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Honest opinions needed please!

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Honest opinions needed please!

1. Posted by Marmite1 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Me and my boyfriend are planning to be in Sydney Australia from January 22nd to May the 22nd
so about 3 months after travelling down from cairns for a month.
We are looking at going with OZintro - mainly for the security of finding a job and having everything sorted out for us.

Both of us will be on our gapyear so without a degree
although we both have lots of experience in bar work, call centres, shops and restaurants.
And we are not fussy about jobs.
We are wanting to "work and live"
Probably renting out a room and hoping to work fulltime to pay for accomadation/food/transport/extrasss

Realistically what are the chances of us finding a job for only 3 months
And is the pay in these areas of work going to be enough for us to "work and live" within Sydney?

2. Posted by frankie 75 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

normaly finding a job in these areas for 3 months would not be a problem and know off a few places in Sydney which you may like to try. But at the moment dont know how theses markets are being affected but the WEC. I would not be expecting to be earning around $18 PER HOUR waiting tables or in phone centers but then they are the tips or bonus .

In Sydney you will be looking at spending at least $300 PER week form accomerdation. so if youu are both working at least 30 hours per you should be just ok.

3. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

If you want to do bar work here in Oz, you need to under-take a bar & catering course. You will be expected to pay for this yourself and once passed you will receive a certificate that you will need to present when applying for bar work.

Have you thought about doing some seasonal work such as fruit picking / working on a ranch etc. It might not pay as much but will be MUCH more memorable than working in a call centre, no? Plus you might get rent and food paid for if you are lucky and get to meet fellow travellers. If you are only here for 3 months, this would be much more fun!

I came to Sydney and am 'office based', and even though the money is good I was very jealous of friends who have gone into the outback / country and worked on a cattle ranch or down to Tasmania and picked apples. By their photos they seemed to be obviously having much more fun

You wont be able to save much money, doing basic call centre work or bar work whilst living in Sydney and going out spending money on 'extras'. If saving is not a priority, then maybe this could be an option for you?

Only an idea. Hope it helps.


4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

i recommend going into the outback as well. it's a once in a life time experience. spiders, snakes, running over kangaroo, the hot afternoons, the freezing nights, hitch-hiking...

it sounds ridiculous but it really makes for quite an eventful trip, you'll meet tons of people along the way and later in life you'll be laughing about all of the ridiculous situations you were in.