The thought of trying to balance full-time study with work can be daunting. Add being in a new country with new cultures to this, and a whole new range of challenges can arise. However, as I’m sure you all know, working while studying can be a rewarding and exciting experience – and doing so in Australia is no exception!
Here in Australia, most students tend to have a pretty good work ethic. This may stem from higher cost of living, or our desire to have fun and spend money while doing so. Therefore, students work in a part time or casual employment position while studying, myself included! It is in our culture to work hard, so that we may enjoy life. There is nothing holding you back from seeking employment while studying abroad in Australia.
On top of making money to support yourself in Australia, working part-time can help you settle into Australian culture. You can be truly exposed to the Australian way of life, your colleagues can become friends, and the experience can open up new doors to full-time employment once you have completed study.
Of course, study should always come first. It is important to not overload yourself with work commitments while you are struggling with study. Here at Spiible, we would always recommend students to give themselves time to settle into their new course, to understand the exact study-load expected of them. Once it is clear how much free time they have available to them, students can start seeking employment.
It is worth keeping in mind that your visa conditions as a student can restrict the amount of work you are able to complete while studying in Australia. For most student visas, international students can legally work up to 40 hours fortnightly.
In fact, at Spiible, we often have job opportunities for international students popping up! So come into the office for a chat, like us on Facebook or join our mail list to be kept up to date with what’s available.
Be smart, be realistic, and have fun! You want to learn about the true Australian culture, so why not discover our culture while being part of a working team?
Are you an international student currently balancing study and work in Australia? We would love for you to share your story with us!
If you have any questions about this, or about any aspect of studying in Australia, please don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to ask questions below in the comment section, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!
Words by Carla Brugliera