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Working Holiday Visum - who has done it? realistic?

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1. Posted by Maria-lena (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Dear Travellers,

I'm a Belgian girl (23) and planning on going to Australia/New Zealand after I graduate, where I would have to work. I have a university degree in Communication&Management but am aware that with a 'working holiday visum' I won't be able to get a 'real' job.
I only have experience with administrative student jobs, but since I'm only used to an 'azerty' Belgian keyboard (and am superslow with anything else...) I don't think I'll find anything in this sector. I'm also a non native speaker so a call center is also a no go.

So I thought about getting a Barista course in Sydney and working as a Barista, something I would love to do! Travellers websites encourage this idea and make it seem like it is easy to find a job after a short course. But looking through actual job websites, barista are always required to have at least one year experience and more in some cases, and they only consider Australian citizens. Who would hire a non-experienced, non-native speaker who will only be available for 3-6 months?

So now I doubt or this is a realistic idea. I also have a hard time finding stories of people who actually have done a working holiday down under... Any information is welcome!

Thank You :)

2. Posted by iluntsai (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y

Hi, cheer up! Don't worry about that. I'm a non-native speaker, too. I didn't have any relative experience when I first came to Australia. And I survived!;) Moreover, I'm helping others now. :)

There are some kind of jobs that don't need any experience or just for travellers. Most travellers work in basic industries, like farm jobs, cleaners, attendants, meat processors... All of my friends used to work as farm workers, picker, or packers. Also, it's a good chance to learn real oz life, isn't it? :)

3. Posted by lubinarora (Budding Member 44 posts) 5y

Hi, what I have read is that one needs to be a citizen of Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA are the ones who are allowed engage in work tourist visa.

Can ppl from other countries also apply?

HOw long is the process? How difficult is it?

thanks

4. Posted by Maria-lena (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_holiday_visa

Lot's of countries offer this and it's pretty easy to get, it you're between 18 and 30.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 5y

Quoting lubinarora

Hi, what I have read is that one needs to be a citizen of Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA are the ones who are allowed engage in work tourist visa.

Can ppl from other countries also apply?

You're talking about the "Work and Holiday visa" (subclass 462). There's also the more commonly known (at least on this forum) "Working Holiday Visa" (subclass 417) which Maria-lena mentioned, for people from many European countries, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. They work similarly, but the Work and Holiday visa tends to have a bit more restrictions and requirements. I don't think I've ever heard anyone say how long the process is, but if it's anything like the Working Holiday Visa (which generally is approved within a few hours), it should still be quite swift.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jan-2011, at 09:50 by Sander ]

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 5y

To answer the original question: I went to both New Zealand and Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, and had the best experience. I was lucky, in that I could work as a web developer, but plenty of backpackers on WHVs all around me had the more typical backpacker jobs of bar work, office work and fruit picking, and didn't seem to have too much trouble finding work.

Job websites definitely aren't the right place to look for backpacker jobs though - companies searching on there are looking for long-term employees, and for a significant part going through job recruiters, which will mostly dismiss backpackers out of hand. But look at the notice board at your hostel (and any other hostel in the neighbourhood), register with some agencies specializing in temporary work (again, see your hostel's notice board), or just go door to door (from bar to bar) with your CV, and you should find something swiftly enough.

The key thing to know is that a significant percentage of Australians were backpackers themselves when they were in their twenties, spending a year or two in Europe. And they'll be predisposed to give a fellow traveller the benefit of the doubt, fondly thinking back on their own days on the road (and knowing that travellers tend to show a lot of initiative and work hard). So when you ask "Who would hire a non-experienced, non-native speaker who will only be available for 3-6 months?", that's one half of the answer. (The other half is just "anyone who needs people for a seasonal job, paying minimum wage".) :)