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Part-time work Employment Opportunities in Australia

I am going to Australia to pursue M.Tech in computers. It is a full time program 5 days a week, now I want to know that what is the process and permission for an international student to work part time, what are the employment opportunities in Australia and what is the way to get the work permission.

Part-time work in Australia while studying
International students are permitted to work upto 20 hours per week during the session and full time during vacations. However, students are required to obtain working visa for this because they are not allowed to work on their initial student visa. You can apply for a working student visa after the beginning of your course. You also need to get a declaration from you education institution for this purpose. After you have a working student visa you need to obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) to work in Australia. TFN can be obtained through the Australian Tax 0ffice. Students can work either on or off campus. Part-time jobs are usually obtained in retail industries and hospitality services. However, this source of additional income is not counted as part of their financial requirements for the purposes of the student visa.

Employment Opportunities

In most of the institutions, there are employment service offices to assist you in your job search while studying. They would also help you to write the right resume, improve your presentation skills and all other things required to get a job.

Students can also log onto the university websites where job vacancies are posted, from time to time The Internet, newspaper advertisements and the Sunday news papers are other sources.

The typical jobs that the international students take up as part time earning opportunities, are those of waiter / waitress, clerical staff, supermarket staff, shop assistant, bartender, cleaner etc.

However, one can also go for childcare, tuitions and market survey and research jobs if he meets the required language proficiency. Students who abuse their right to work are asked to terminate their studies and leave Australia. Therefore be careful.


Where you can find work

This all depends on your own personal strengths and interests. The main thing is to find a job that is convenient for you — one that is located on or near your campus or in your local area. 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).
How you can find work

Before you start searching and applying for jobs, you need a résumé. Many institutions have a careers service that will be able to assist you with writing and formatting a professional résumé that lists your education, skills, interests and previous employment experience. It is important that your résumé is free of errors, so you might want to ask someone who is a strong English speaker to check it before you start searching for jobs.

Once you have a résumé it’s time to search for a job!

You can go to a local shopping centre or shopping strip and hand your résumé into stores. Ask the manager whether they have any positions available — if they don’t you can ask to leave your résumé with them to keep in mind for future vacancies. It is important that you wear nice clothes to make a good first impression.
You can search the ‘careers’ section on employer or industry websites to find vacancies. Many of these websites will allow you to apply online.
You can use an Australian job search website to search for part-time jobs in your area. The main job-search websites are Seek, MyCareer and CareerOne.
Your institution might also have a careers service that can put you in touch with employers or have a job search page on their website that lists available part-time jobs.
Useful links

Applying for positions— Job Guide website
Tax tips for international students — Australian Taxation Office website
Tax File Number application — Australian Taxation Office website
Banking in Australia— Studies in Australia website
International students: know your workplace rights — Fair Work Ombudsman website.


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