Working Holiday Jobs in Australia

If you’ve always wanted to explore Australia, then you can get a working holiday visa. This lasts for 12 months, and you can extend it for a further 12 month if you’ve completed 3 months of agriculture work. This usually means fruit picking and farm hand jobs, but of course you don’t have to undertake this type of work if you’re only looking to stay down under for one year. It can be a bit of a wake up call when you go from your 9-5 admin role in the UK to a fruit-picking job in Australia, but it’s all part of the experience. You can apply for sponsorships too, but competition for these roles are fierce. A working holiday visa is certainly more about holidaying than working, and if...

Graduating in a Dead End Job

No matter what some teachers say, not many students know exactly what they want to do when they leave school. Some students go into ‘panic mode’ and choose a college course or degree in a subject they ‘think’ they want to work in, and this can result in a lack of opportunities when they complete the course. There has been a lot made of courses like ‘Media Studies, History and Travel and Tourism to name a few, and competition can be fierce when you complete your studies, meaning you may have to go back to drawing board. Many students finish courses, online to find they have to go back into their former retail roles, such as ‘sales assistant’ or ‘telemarketer’, and the longer you’re stuck in a ‘dead end’ job,...

Dealing with Graduate Recruitment Agencies

Many businesses are on the lookout for graduates, and naturally the salaries for these positions will be low compared to senior roles. This is something you have to accept early on, as you will not have experience required to come in at a mid-level or senior salary. During university, you may well be told by your lecturers that opportunities in your field are scarce, and this is usually motivational talk, because if you do come out with a good grade, there will be opportunities. Most of the time, you’ll be speaking to recruitment agencies, and you do have to be careful with some of these agencies. They’re interested in filling positions fast, and they may not be taking your best interests into account. It’s best to make sure you stand...

Volunteer Work – For the Inexperienced

Volunteering can often be an ideal starting point to a successful career, and it doesn’t usually matter what industry you’re looking to break into, you may have to do some work experience to gain that ‘essential’ initial experience. Most job positions, including graduate roles, require a certain amount of experience, and you can get that from volunteering in your industry. Whether you’re looking to break into finance, journalism, teaching, marketing or midwifery, you can show you’re eager to ‘get your foot in the door’ if you have experience and qualifications on your CV. Not many students can step out of school or university and break into a particular industry without any experience whatsoever, so show your passionate by volunteering and getting hands on experience that will stay with you forever.

Taking a Gap Year – Good or Bad for your CV?

The decision to take a gap year is a bold one, so you may want to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages before you come to a decision. One of the biggest concerns is whether or not a gap year can have a negative effect on your CV, but that depends on what you do with your time while you’re away. If you learn a new language, volunteer, teach English or develop your photography portfolio, you may be adding skills and experience, but if you don’t actively take part in anything while you’re away, potential employers may well be put-off when they see a big gap on your CV. Every individual is different, and so too are their experiences on their gap year, so whatever you do, make sure you...

Career Opportunities Abroad

There are plenty of career opportunities abroad; you just have to know where to look. Teaching vacancies can be found in a diverse range of countries, and in particular, China, Japan and Thailand are crying out for English speaking professionals. English speaking countries like USA, Canada and Australia can be easier countries to settle in to, and there are plenty of opportunities here, depending on the job role. Take Australia as an example, they release a skilled occupation list, and if your current skills match to an occupation on the list, you have a better chance of success when you’re over there. If opportunities are hard to come by in the UK, then there’s no harm in looking for jobs further afield, but of course moving to a different country...