Unrealistic Idea?.....

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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I was wondering if my plan is unrealistic. I am an ignorant American hoping in February to move to Australia, get a job, and housing for a short-term to long-term stay. I do not have tons of work skills to offer the country. I have been in the restaurant buisness for 5 years (Mostly Outback Steakhouse, which will probably discourage most restaurants from hiring me, lol) and have done various retail jobs and minor construction/painting.
I have heard that the job market is very competitive unless you have a college degree(which I don't), but I would maybe pursue that while over there.
I guess i'm just wondering if I have any shot of picking up and moving there successfully. I would save up a considerable amount before hand incase it doesn't work out, but I still don't feel all that confident that it would go smoothly since I know so little about how to go about this plan. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!!


2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Here are a few websites to get you started:

www.liveinaustralia.com for long-term

www.bunac.com for a 4 month working holiday visa

The second will be easier an easier hill to climb, but I believe that Americans can only obtain 4 months in Australia without actually going for citizenship. I could be wrong about that, and hope I am.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6611 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you want to find permanent residency in Australia, cooking qualifications would actually be quite highly regarded. If that's the kind of work you're interested in, it may be a worthwhile angle to pursue. Once you have permanent residency, you can stay as long as you like.. and after a few years of that, citizenship isn't hard to achieve.

4. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your advice, and suggestions. They are quite useful!