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Working While You Study

Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.

Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break.

All Universities have a careers office, which regularly posts employment vacancies. The local industry and employers generally recruit students for part-time work from here. In addition to this the careers office will also prepare students with resume writing skills and give them an update on the opportunities and where to find them. Other options of finding jobs are thru local community news papers and networking. Students will have to meet people, go and personally drop resumes at various spots which can include local service stations, fast food joints, restaurants and other business establishments.

Good communication and English speaking skills, willingness to learn and hard-work are the key to get the desired job .

Popular part-time jobs for students include the following:

  • Retail — any kind of store that sells goods to customers, from clothing to electronics. It could be a small store, a chain of stores or a large department store.
  • Hospitality — employers include cinemas, restaurants, bars, hotels, takeaway food stores and sporting venues.
  • Services — employers include supermarkets, petrol stations, call centres and various businesses requiring administration work.
  • Industry — if you are lucky, you might be able to gain employment that is related to the field you are studying (for example, a media student might be able to work part time assisting at a local television or radio station).

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