Where should I go in Oz? - WHV

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Where should I go in Oz? - WHV

Last Post This thread is marked as being about Australia
1. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey! I'll be going to Australia in early October under the new "Work and Holiday" visa program for Americans. I'm still in the planning stages and I'm trying to figure out where to start my trip to Oz. I recently graduated from college this past May, so ideally I'd like to use my degree and find a job which would give me good experience in the business world. I had a job all lined up to work as an analyst in Chicago but was laid off last month - a casualty of the current U.S. economy. Do you think I should be able to find something good in Sydney? Or, should I try to work at one of the resorts on the Gold Coast or in Cairns? I have 5 years experience as a hotel receptionist. But, again, I'd rather not work a job which doesn't require a college degree. Where should I go? Where should I look for work? Who should I get in contact with once I get to Australia? Thanks!

2. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey James,

I'm not too sure what job competition in Australia is like for analyst jobs, but obviously the Work and Holiday visa limits you to just 6 months with a single employer, which may make it harder.

It's worth trying Melbourne as well though, as it's catching up with Sydney pretty quickly in terms of size - so there may be some good job opportunities down here.

Otherwise, October just about when fruit picking season starts down here. No degree required, of course, but people can rake money in pretty well doing that.


3. Posted by lou99 (Budding Member 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Howdy - first post here!

In terms of sourcing work in Australia, it's not that hard. There's a definite demand for unskilled labour all around the country. Obviously there is a higher cost of living in cities - especially Sydney. The best place to start looking before you hit our sunny shores is Seek, a jobs website. There's also CareerOne, MyCareer and a few others.

Hope that helps :)

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 6, 2008, at 11:07 PM by lou99 ]

4. Posted by Travel Aus (Budding Member 5 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey - I agree with the others, you won't have trouble finding work when you get to Sydney (that's my suggestion for city of work!) - so long as you're not too picky. Of course you want some good experience in the business world but hey, even doing an admin type role in a good company would do the trick. You'd get an insight into "corporate life," not be too stressed out with an over-the-top work load and then you will have time to relax and enjoy the 'holiday' side of the working-holiday visa.
I'd recommend doing 6 months "corporate" work and a few months "fun" work (eg bar, hotel etc) - don't let work get in the way of travelling experience. Believe it or not, travel experience can look good on the CV when added to your corporate experience as it shows you're more worldly, been able to work in a different environment/country/culture and you're most likely someone who's got a bit of get-up-and-go!