Australia has a continuous demand for workers from other countries, while students that have earned a degree in Australia are offered with a special work visa category.
Australia is not just getting a vast number of international students in universities for graduation, but also providing them full time and part time employment. According to the QILT Report, 43.0 % international Undergraduates hold a full time employment, while 64.6% of them were overall employed. Since Australia offers diverse academic and work opportunities, these students prefer to extend their visas after graduation and work with the main companies of international and Australian Market.
We will discuss how Australia is offering multiple benefits to international Student after their graduation, and how you can find career opportunities there!!
💼 Work Opportunities for International Students with Student Visa
Right after availing the Student Visa (Subclass 500), you are not just allowed to only attend classes or appear in exam, but you also can take part in earning activities as well. You can work up to 40 hours in two weeks along with your classes and studies, while the number of hours is unlimited during study breaks. There is a number of part-time work opportunities, where students can earn up to 27 AUD per hour. These include:
There are personal and professional networks and job portals to help international student’s employment and gaining work experience. Such as Glassdoor, Job Australia, Arts Hub and Indeed Australia.
👩🎓 Post-Graduate Work Opportunities for International students in Australia
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there was a 107.4% upsurge in Job vacancies in 2022 than in 2020. This shows the high demand of workforce in Australian Job Market. In addition to this, Australia stands with the countries that offers high wages and salaries to the workforce. Though the salary scale can vary as per the individual’s qualification, employment duration and state or residence (Urban or rural). Due to this high-income aspect along with other opportunities like residence, safe environment and adventurous landscape to visit, Australia is ranked as 2rd among top study abroad destination. While it stands at the top in Oceania for high quality teaching and cultural Safety.
Some of the popular career opportunities for international students include:
📌 Actuarial Science (Avg Salary AUD $125000)
📌 Human Resource Management (AUD $120,000)
📌 Computer Science Engineering (AUD $120,000)
📌 Cyber Security (AUD $100,000)
📌 Nursing (AUD $82500)
📌 Accounting (AUD $75000)
You can find more options with details here
According to a report 5 nations including India, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia, considered to study in Australia due to higher employment opportunities. While 60% of the survey respondents were satisfies with the opportunity to earn while studying there.
🛠️ Work Permits/ Australian Work Visas Available
As early as you have completed your graduation or at least a two year’s study program in Australia, you can apply for the 485 Skilled Graduate Temporary Visa , that serves as the most common and beneficial option for the international students. It allows you to stay for 18 months in Australia and gain work experience.
Another option for Australian graduate international students is the 402 Training and Research Visa, that allows them to improve their work skills while staying under the sponsorship of an employer for two years.
For the students looking for permanent residency while working, Australian government has introduced 487 Regional Sponsored Visa. This visa allows you to work for 3 years in a specialized regional Area.
The list also includes 887 skilled Regional Residence Visa with permanent residency and work opportunity there. What it requires is the work experience of a year and 2 years past stay in Australia with some points.
Two other work Visas include 886 skilled Sponsor Resident Visa that needs an employer to allow international students for permanent residence and work and 885 skilled Independent Residence Visa that allows permanent resident and work without sponsorship.
🏢 Requirements for Transitioning in Australian Workforce
Due to the fact that Australian Government seeks to boost up the skilled work force in Australia, it ensures the international students stay there for longer tie period after their graduation and join the workforce. This thought is also the main reason behind permitting multiple work visas to over-seas students. However, the not all graduates from Australian Universities secure a high- pay job, while a one third of them remain unemployed for six months after graduation.
This is because international students may possess the lack of skills, qualification, expertise and language inefficiency, as they overlook career support and consultation. They also require preparation for job application and interviews to better show their capabilities to the employer.
✨ Meet the Eligibility Criteria to Avail Opportunities
You also need to meet the eligibility criteria to avail various career opportunities in Australia. You must fulfil these requirements to become a part of skilled workforce in Australia:
🟠 Pursue a consistent study program approved by Australian Government
🟠 Fulfill all requirements of the study program
🟠 You must be between the age of 19- 44 years
🟠 Maintain Satisfactory attendance, and Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC)
🟠 Show Sufficient English language skills
🟠 Look for sponsorship
🟠 Grab work experience
📜 Know your Rights
Lastly! Know your rights, as Australia grants National Employment Standards to all of its workforce that includes:
☑️ Annual leaves,
☑️ long service leaves,
☑️ Public holidays,
☑️Provision of Fair work Information statement
☑️Flexible work arrangement request