Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding part-time work.
Will it be easy to find a part-time job?
Definitely – if you use your initiative and are not too fussy about the type of work you do. Don’t just wait for the perfect job to turn up (especially part-time employment, which is often not advertised). Be pro-active: pick up the phone, knock on doors and send out your resume to potential employers. Australian bosses respond well to students who show initiative.
Do I need a visa to work?
If you are a full-time international student and are studying in Australia for more than three months, you automatically receive a work visa when you apply for your Australian student visa.
How many hours can I work per week?
Up to 40 hours per fortnight during your study semester and unlimited hours during term break. It’s important that you tell your employer that you are not allowed to work more than 40 hours per fortnight during the semester. The Immigration Department monitors this closely and should you work extra hours, you may be forced to leave Australia.
What jobs are available?
Ideally, you would find part-time work in your chosen profession. But initially you might be better to look for work in restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, convenience stores, or try your hand at fruit picking, taxi driving or in aged-care facilities. All of these jobs will introduce you to new people and help you to improve your English.
Where do I look for part-time work?
Again, you are best to knock on doors and be pro-active. But you will find a comprehensive listing of employment adverts in Saturday’s edition of The Advertiser, Adelaide’s major daily newspaper. Also try the following websites: Seek, CareerOne, Coles and Woolworths. For a full lisiting of job hunting sites, visit our Student Directory under ‘Employment.’
Can I work as a volunteer?
Yes, many international students work as volunteers because it is fulfilling and can lead to future career opportunities. Volunteering SA will be able to help you find something that suits.