Ok so its another thread about moving down under. But heres the predicament im currently in my early 20s have one year left in college doing engineering but im heading away off to oz for a year maybe two will be leaving a decent paying job (decent = can live on and have fun at the weekend). I hope to go looking to do my regional work as soon as I land and make dollars Do most people go out and come back with more money than they left with? I plan on going back and finishing my final year after I do my travelling then if i want head back on a skilled visa or off to canada. Are regional jobs handy enough to come by? Bearing in mind I will be prepared to work in the balls arse of anywere? Any views on this would be appreciated! (Apart from the views that suggest i finish college first)
An irish spaceman
Depends what you mean by regional work, could be anything really. Generally though, wages in Oz are quite a bit lower than over here and dollars aren't worth as much as Euros. In my experience it is rare that someone comes back with more than they left with
Why are you going to Australia with one year left in college?
Finish it first!
Wages are higher in Australia. In some cases a lot higher. It's just the cost of things that brings it close to back in line.
But yeh rarely have I heard someone go to Australia on a WHV and return with bags of money.
Finish college first, if you don't you'll likely never go back.
And you'll probably piss away most of the money you make despite the good intentions.
what jobs have you been doing?
I work FIFO not on a WHV. But I earn 3 times as I would here than if I was back home an it's costin me about 1.8-2 times as much to live here.
I know people who are doing regional work on a cattle station on 22 dollars an hour. That's a nice amount more than if they were working on a farm back home.
For the year i was there it was the opposite, wages were lower than here nut so was the cost of living. perhaps it's flipped completely in the last few years
ahhhh I taught I said no going back to college posts. I just need to get away from everything here! Im going to see what all this fuss is about in australia wrestle a few stingrays and see that beach thats in that film think thats somewhere in thailand but ill find it! but the idea isnt really about bringing bags of money home its more about is it possible to sustain a better standard of living over there! Iv been working since I can remember so I dont expect anything to be handed it to me! Like iv got a friend out there earning $27 an hour on a farm with accom and food paid for, is this the norm?
Well cost of living over here has shot up in the last few years. Getting jobs ain't as easier as they used to be. It's not a walk in the park for people to come over here and get jobs. But the ones that I know who do are earning a reasonably high amount certainly a lot more than in Ireland.
I'm not in that situation and I wouldn't want to be. I finished college and got sponsorship over here. I can spend money freely or save a large amount a month. I don't think I could be here if I couldnt.
If you can get the work it is the norm. 20 to 30 dollars an hour for unskilled work. But you need to get work first. With contacts it's easy but without its quite difficult.
But seriously lad stick at it and finish your course first.
Maybe I should have stuck at it but Iv already got the visa and flights booked so if I dont go now ill never get the chance to do the whole Whv scene ya know! Yea well I have a few contacts but dont want to have to rely on anyone. Can't afford to be getting complacent out there have mates that did ended up hom within a month! fack that. Where is best for regional work would you have an idea mate?
I really wouldn't know. Luckily I haven't had to go through that. There is a lot of people on here who have and will give you advice.
Have a look at seek.com.au though. Best place to start.
I think you are mad not to finish your degree!
A degree might be the difference between you getting a good job or a crap job
I know this myself but for my 1st year i just want to travel around the place and work the ****ty ass jobs everyone hates to mostly travel about, do the regional work and then come back to ireland with a new lease of life and get the grades I know im capable of getting (but not in this mindset) and then maybe coming back on my 2nd year visa to secure sponsership if thats what i want