As an international student, you will be facing challenges in finding ways to earn money while studying in Australia. In the recent years, numerous media reports have highlighted the financial hardships international students are facing. During university/college application periods, your education agent might have told you just the good side about studying and living in Australia, including finding the right job in time of need once you arrive in Australia. Please remember that all these things do not come to you automatically and finding a job in Australia is not an easy task.
Here, you will find some tips on how to earn money in Australia while you are a student.
- Make sure you are fully aware of the work rules. You must know how many hours you can work while holding a student visa. Irrespective of the level of degrees, current Australian laws allow all students to work for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is running. You can work unlimited hours during the semester break.
- Identify possible employers. In order to help you earn money in Australia, it is important to find out possible employers which you can start to explore as soon as you arrive Australia and commence your studies. One can find numerous complaints made by international students about the mismatch of the statements given by education agents, so it’s best to double check information that you’re given and seek advice from more than one source.
- Make sure you’ve got a Tax File Number (TFN). A TFN is mandatory to start any paid job in Australia. You can apply for this online through the Australian Government Taxation Office here. It may take more than a week to get your TFN so apply as soon as possible to prevent further delay. The application is a straight forward process wherein you fill in your personal details. You are advised to check your post box regularly as the official letter containing the TFN comes to you via your postal address that you have given in the time of application.
- Open a bank account. Opening a bank account can be done a few days after your arrival. You are allowed to open an account from any bank that you wish to do so. When opening one, make sure to have your passport details and Australian postal address ready. Please be informed that employers ask for your bank account details in the process of hiring.
- Make sure you are aware of the work rules for your accompanying dependents. If your dependents are of working age and want to work, you must be aware of all the rules related to Australian jobs. Please note that dependents of a Bachler level student can work 40 hours every fortnight or unlimited hours if the international student is studying for their masters or a doctoral degree.
- Meet your diaspora. Getting in touch with your diaspora is a great way to learn about the Australian job market and possible employers. Please be informed that in every major city of Australia, you can find your own community to interact with. In the meantime, you should start analysing the areas that interest you the most.
- Identify your skill gaps. You need to have appropriate skills that will help you find a job. For instance, students with a driving license can do some after hour jobs like pizza delivery in the evening. Recognising what skills you already have will help you to explore new skills that can lead to new jobs.
Careerplan group hopes that the above tips help you guide how to earn money in Australia while you are studying.