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Old 11-24-2013, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Land of the Free*
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Hey all,

I'm in the planning stages of going to Sydney for a working holiday around January of 2014. But I'm being recommended by many to just book a one-way flight there and look for jobs once I'm on the ground instead of applying to working holiday agencies online.

Just wondering what you guys in OZ think about this plan?
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:23 PM
 
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Hey all,

I'm in the planning stages of going to Sydney for a working holiday around January of 2014. But I'm being recommended by many to just book a one-way flight there and look for jobs once I'm on the ground instead of applying to working holiday agencies online.

Just wondering what you guys in OZ think about this plan?
Whoever gave you that advice is sending you down the road of pain if you just plan on turning up on a tourist visa and trying to work under the table. Make sure you get your proper visa before going.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:41 PM
 
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Whoever gave you that advice is sending you down the road of pain if you just plan on turning up on a tourist visa and trying to work under the table. Make sure you get your proper visa before going.
Yea I will get my 462 first of course.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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Whoever gave you that advice is sending you down the road of pain if you just plan on turning up on a tourist visa and trying to work under the table. Make sure you get your proper visa before going.
I think he means getting a WHV and looking for work once in Sydney, rather than trying to arrange it while still in the States.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:10 PM
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Hey all,

I'm in the planning stages of going to Sydney for a working holiday around January of 2014. But I'm being recommended by many to just book a one-way flight there and look for jobs once I'm on the ground instead of applying to working holiday agencies online.

Just wondering what you guys in OZ think about this plan?
That's the best way to do it. No employer will even speak with you when you're still in America. Just book a one-way ticket, and start looking for work on your own once you are actually there.
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:23 AM
 
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That's the best way to do it. No employer will even speak with you when you're still in America. Just book a one-way ticket, and start looking for work on your own once you are actually there.
Thanks. Will do. I'll start with Sydney and work my way around.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Yes I agree. What kind of work are you looking to do? If you're willing to work there'll always be something, just depends what you're prepared to do. Save up enough money to stay for awhile though.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:34 AM
 
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Yes I agree. What kind of work are you looking to do? If you're willing to work there'll always be something, just depends what you're prepared to do. Save up enough money to stay for awhile though.
Well, unfortunately I'm not really qualified for a whole lot of work and I know that. However, I am a hard worker, the first to come last to leave type, so I know that I'd at least pull my own weight with whatever I find.

The only real work experience I have is teaching English in China and also working for a radio station while I was there.

I'm willing to work any job, really, but the main worry is the cost of living. I'll bring over between 5 and 10K USD because I have a feeling I'll probably need it. I just hope I can save some money from working too, because the cost of living sounds like its no joke over there!
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Well, unfortunately I'm not really qualified for a whole lot of work and I know that. However, I am a hard worker, the first to come last to leave type, so I know that I'd at least pull my own weight with whatever I find.

The only real work experience I have is teaching English in China and also working for a radio station while I was there.

I'm willing to work any job, really, but the main worry is the cost of living. I'll bring over between 5 and 10K USD because I have a feeling I'll probably need it. I just hope I can save some money from working too, because the cost of living sounds like its no joke over there!
You could possibly still teach English, there are many English teaching schools here, or give private lessons. Are you American? There's a demand for teachers of American English.

The other option is just working in a bar, restaurant, cafe, kitchen-hand, that sort of thing, or reception/service.

Then if you wanna get your hands dirty there's harvesting work. Picking fruit, farm-work, that sort of thing, if you're up for it.

Here's what I would do. Go to www.gumtree.com.au and look for short-term rentals/room shares...if you don't find anything suitable, post an ad requesting accommodation, preferably shared, which you could probably get for under $100 a week. It's the site I use whenever I need something. Also good for finding work (as well as the 'Harvest Trail' website), ride-shares.etc. If you want to see a lot of the country you may want to consider buying a cheap car while you're here.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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Well, unfortunately I'm not really qualified for a whole lot of work and I know that. However, I am a hard worker, the first to come last to leave type, so I know that I'd at least pull my own weight with whatever I find.

The only real work experience I have is teaching English in China and also working for a radio station while I was there.

I'm willing to work any job, really, but the main worry is the cost of living. I'll bring over between 5 and 10K USD because I have a feeling I'll probably need it. I just hope I can save some money from working too, because the cost of living sounds like its no joke over there!
Yes you'll need the money, cost of living is no joke and the US dollar doesn't go as far as it used to.

One thing you can look at for work at is the ski resorts in Victoria and NSW from June-September like Thredbo, Perisher Blue, Mt. Buller and so on. They also have some summer jobs as well.
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