Most International students who are studying in a course of more than one year duration can work part time up to 20 hours a week during course time and full time during vacation periods, provided this does not interfere with their study program.
Universities and TAFE institutions have a Careers Office, which regularly posts employment vacancies. Part-time work is not difficult to find, however, there is strong competition.
However we advise students not to depend on part-time work for their expenses. It is very important for students to concentrate on their studies before looking for work.
Students Searching for a Job
Many universities and colleges in Australia provide a special service called “Job Access” that helps students to find a good position in the job market. Apart from that students can also find the jobs in newspaper, online and from events and job fairs.
There will be Employment Officer in many universities to help students look part-time work, most of which is non-professional, such as waiting on tables, cleaning or sales. Students may find casual work picking and packaging fruits and vegetables on local farms but such work is not guaranteed.
In Australia it is very easy and also difficult as well to get employed for the international students. Many students are able to get a job after spending certain time, if they are good in speaking English. If you are good in speaking English earlier, then you can obviously find good opportunities. It is for sure that only immigrants can acquire a full time job.
Many tertiary institutions have a career service. They advertise job vacancies, help their students to find work and give information on writing applications and approved payment rates. Employment centers at institutions advertise a range of jobs. You can also find work through newspaper advertisements, an employment agency or the government’s national employment service, Job network.
Students can also get a job in their field of education and this will build a good platform for their career and helps them after completion of their academics. Even the country encourages the students with preceding professional skills. There is high possibility for the students to get Permanent Residence in Australia.
Many Universities and colleges are now accommodating the job market by changing the study curriculum in order to place the students in good positions. In this process, students will be recruited as a trainee during their final semester and after completion of their academics they will be appointed permanently.
Working after studies in Australia
Australia is always in need of skilled people and Australia has been building its population through immigration from the past 200 years. Australia welcomes international students and will continue to provide an opportunity for those who have the necessary qualifications and skills to find an Australian employer willing to sponsor them for a permanent visa.
There are also several other visa categories open to international students and Australia has a very straightforward path to permanent residency under the skilled migration program. Most International students studying in Australia who hold a vocational, higher education or postgraduate student visa will still be able to apply for permanent residence if their occupation is on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and they meet other requirements.
Please Note: However students should be aware that merely by studying in Australia does not guarantee permanent residence or full time jobs.
The Australian Government skilled migration program targets young people who have skills, an education and outstanding abilities that will contribute to the Australian economy. International students with Australian qualifications account for about half the people assessed under the skilled migrant program.