Australia counts less than 5% of unemployed people with rather high salaries. This is a reason why the working holiday visa in Australia can be a great traveling alternative for backpackers who need both to have a break in their journey around the world and fill up their bank account.
Australia counts less than 5% of unemployed people with rather high salaries. This is a reason why the working holiday visa in Australia can be a great traveling alternative for backpackers who need both to have a break in their journey around the world and fill up their bank account. I was only supposed to stay 3 weeks in this country but it's been 9 months since I arrived in Melbourne. As I didn't have much money to continue my trip I decided not to skip this country by applying for a working holiday visa! It's very easy to do it, you just have to fill in a form on the government website and after a 365 dollars transfer you receive it! (http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/990i.pdf) Keen?
Then once in the country, you can:
That's it! You're now ready to go and look for a job like thousands of other backpackers who came from each side of the world!
One of my main goals when I first arrived in Australia was to get away from the cities to be able to save quickly and really immerse myself in the country avoiding the traditional backpacker's route. I don't regret this choice as it made me live some unordinary experiences while working in unusual environments. I very quickly realised that the job didn't really matter as my aim was not to build up a CV or launch a career – at least not now in Australia. The real question was to know what I wanted to see in this country and in which environment I wanted to live in. Work was only an excuse to go to such or such place. My itinerary was determined by the jobs I got the last 10 months.
One of Australia's main characteristics is its surface. To give you an idea, it's possible to put 15 times France within this 5 states country! Queensland on its own can contain 5 times Germany! So it is not very easy to know where to go when you first arrive in Australia! When I got there the place I was the most curious about was the outback and its orange sand that we see in movies and represents 80% of the country. Yes, Australia is a huge country but it's also an empty one with untouched lands. A perfect place to save and make money for a few months far from the temptations you get in the cities. So I decided to find a job in a roadhouse. Roadhouses are patrol stations that are located on outback roads and where drivers stop to eat and fill up their car. I got my hand on the yellow pages where I found a list of hundreds of roadhouses. I decided to call them one by one. Most person I talked to were not interested and very unpleasant. Maybe I should have given up this idea of working in a roadhouse after having noticed that. If you think about it, it would be like if a young Australian had just arrived in France to work and decided to go directly to the most remote place of the country in the middle of nowhere. I'm not sure that it's the place where he will make the best encounters of his journey but he would surely remember it! Anyway I didn't give up and it got worse and worse. I got directly confronted to racism for the first time of my life:
- Hello my name is Morgan, I'm currently looking for a job and I was wondering looking for any staff at the moment?
- Where are you from Morgan?
- I'm French.
- Well you know what, there are too many fucking French people in this country and I don't even understand a word of what they say!
- Sorry I can't understand what you're saying.
- You can't even speak English mate!
- When can you come?
At least 100 calls and many more insults later, I've finally got something!
A week and 2000 kilometres later I started my first job Australia which was also the worst experience of my journey around the world.