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Working Holiday Visa for only 2 Months???

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1. Posted by usernameistaken (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hi There,

I'm currently coming towards the end of my second year at university. I plan on going to Australia for the Summer; early June to the begging of August (back for exam resits just in case), and plan on getting a Working Holiday Visa. I plan to go to Sydney as its the cheapest flights, and there are possibily more work opportunities there.

My main questions are:

1) Do you think it would be realistic of getting a job in Australia within just 2 months?

I plan to sign-up to all the local recruiment agencies, in addition to handing my CV''s out to every retail store manager.

2) I only have 2 weeks of work experience, (both office enviroments), although I do run my own online business. Do you think it would be wise to tell a few white lies about previous bar work experience/ retail experience?

Many Thanks in advance for any replies.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 5y

Getting "a" job: sure.
Getting a job that would make me think it'd be worth it to use your "once in a lifetime" WHV on just a two month visit in which you plan to mostly work: no way.

You don't say where you're from, but Australian wages are not good compared to those in Europe or the USA. (They are perfectly fine for the cost of living in Australia, of course.) Also, it will of course be "winter" in Australia from June through August. Now is winter in Sydney mostly still pretty warm and sunny, but it's not really the best time of the year to be there, and I'd expect the demand for unskilled labor to be at its lowest. (Also, cost of living is highest in Sydney.)

As for telling lies on work experience: I'd really not recommend it.

I can heartily recommend getting in some time working abroad; it's extremely valuable experience, and looks great on your CV. But I'd recommend seeing if you can't swing an internship or semester of studying abroad sometime during your studies, or do the full year WHV once you're done with studying.

3. Posted by anne_b (Budding Member 12 posts) 5y

I agree with Sander. My friend used a WHM visa to visit me in Oz and she was only there for less than 4 months and now she can never go back on a WHM visa and really regrets it. Believe me you would regret it because you'd see what you would be missing out on for that brief 2 months. Make the most of it in the future when you have more free time.