Increasing numbers of young people head Down Under for a year, travelling to Australia for some kind of gap year work. The country’s relative proximity to many other interesting places, such as South East Asia and New Zealand, also makes it an attractive destination for many people, especially young people, who want to spend a short time working temporarily in an interesting location.
However, before anyone thinks about heading all that way, there are a number of factors to incorporate into planning and preparation. Firstly, make sure that you have a job in place before you go. Simply travelling in hope or on the word of someone you know is not good enough and can lead to all kinds of problems, not least with the immigration services. Apply for a job and accept it formally before you try and travel.
The first step in finding a job is to start applying. Check out possible opportunities in Australia online. There are a number of specialist websites which offer prospective employees advice and information on how to prepare CVs which will appeal to Australian employers, how to conduct interviews and which jobs require extra training courses. Some jobs depend on the successful completion of a training course many jobs in the Outback and other rural areas often require a training certificate of some kind.
It is also important to make sure that your job is with a respectable and reputable employer. One way of doing this is to check the Australian Business Register website for the company. Every employer in Australia should have an Australian Business Number (ABN) which you should be able to check. Always establish exactly who your employer is as well.
Also, always try and choose a job for which you will have some enthusiasm or aptitude. Choosing a highly physically demanding job, such as in agriculture or mining, may look appealing, but it can be very hard if you are not in good shape physically. Decide whether you are out there for the general experience or the work experience and make an appropriate choice. Some jobs will expect you to show a commitment that perhaps you are not interested in doing, so think carefully about why you want to travel to Australia.
Once you have work in place you need to sort out any immigration issues and obtain a working visa. There are short-term working visas available for residents of the European Union, as well as citizens of the USA and certain other countries in Asia and South America. You can check official websites to see what the exact code of the visa is that you will require. It is not a good idea to just use a tourist visa and then work when you are there, as this can turn you into an illegal immigrant.
Lastly, always ensure that you have some kind of backpackers travel insurance in place, as well as any other kinds of insurance that you think you may need. This choice will be shaped by the kind of work that you intend to do, so expert advice from respected companies such as www.lifeinsurancequotes.co.uk is essential. To ensure a successful trip, plan carefully and steadily, do not rush things and make sure that you seek out quality advice from experts wherever possible.