We all know Australia is a great place. Endless nature, iconic landmarks and unique animals. But what you might not know is that It’s also a great place to earn some serious cash during your working holiday in Australia.
This is because Australia has some of the highest wages in the world.
If you’re just about to embark on your own Australian adventure, check out my 7 tips on how you can earn $15,000 or more in Australia while getting your second year visa.
1 – Take Enough Money to Buy a Car
I can’t stress this one enough.
Before you even set foot down under, make sure you have enough money to buy a car. You don’t need much, cars over there are relatively cheap.
But trust me on this one, investing some money into a car early will pay off massively and save you so many headaches later down the line.
Amongst many things, a car will help you get around and allow you to scope out higher-paying job opportunities that car-less travellers would have difficulty getting to.
When you get over to Australia, you can go to carsales.com.au to find a car near you or you can look at local dealerships.
2 – Get Your Regional Work Out of The Way Early
If you plan to stay in Australia for a second year and you are on the Working Holiday Visa 417, you will have to work for at least 3 months in regional Australia. Try and get this out of the way early.
Too many friends I know left it too late and struggled to find regional work within the last three months of their trip. If they did manage to find work, they usually had to settle for something that was low paid.
Once you finish your 3 months of regional work, I recommend the following:
Either find a new regional job with your new skills and experience (if you can handle more regional work) – this can be highly lucrative.
Head into the cities and look for jobs which you already have expertise in.
3 – Apply, Apply, Apply
Finding a job is a numbers game. The more messages and applications you send out, the more chance you have of getting a good-paying job. It’s that simple.
Most regional jobs are posted on sites like Gumtree but you can also find job ads on Facebook.
While it can be frustrating initially putting in all that work and not hearing anything back, you will eventually get a response.
Getting a job in the cities is slightly different. Still make sure you are applying for roles consistently but get in touch with recruiters first.
And when I say get in touch with recruiters, I mean find their number and call them.
Don’t just half-heartedly send them a copy of your CV with a vague introduction to who you are and why you want a job.
Recruiters can be very useful in finding you roles especially if you are not sure where you should go to look for particular jobs that you are interested in.
In the beginning, I was sending off so many applications but was struggling to hear anything back. As soon as I started calling recruiters instead, the offers started rolling in.
4 – Be Open to Opportunities
Truth is, most jobs may not sound great, especially if it is something you have never done before. But you have to be open to opportunities.
For my first regional job, I worked on a dairy farm and I really didn’t think I’d like it. I went out to the farm to check it out before deciding whether or not to take the job and I really had to convince myself to take it. But I’m glad I did, I learned a whole lot and it allowed me to save up a decent amount while I completed my 3 months.
5 – Network
Building up a network early can open up a ton of high-paying opportunities. For example, staying in hostels and meeting other travelers will not only prevent you from feeling lonely and isolated, but it’s also a great way to hear about job vacancies.
Oftentimes, jobs comes up that require a large number of workers, especially if its a seasonal job. If someone in your network knows about this, they can ask the whole group if they are interested in going with them.
6 – Cheap Adventures
Australia can be extremely expensive…but it can also be extremely cheap. If you listened to Tip #1 you should have yourself a fine set of wheels. So why not use them? Petrol prices are about half of what they are here in the UK so go and explore what Australia has to offer.
7 – Live Frugally When You Are Working
This might not appeal to everyone but if you can get your head down, work hard and live cheaply when you are in employment, you can save a lot for when you do decide to travel.
Following these tips and combining your high wages with good saving habits can easily earn you $15,000 or more during your working holiday in Australia.
Why Bother Trying To Save All That Money?
Well, it allows you to get the most out of your experience. For example, you don’t have to decide whether or not you have enough money to do the Whitsundays OR Fraser Island… you can do them both!
It also opens up options for after your visa expires. Maybe you want to travel through South East Asia. With all those savings, you can!
And with South East Asia being so cheap as it is, your savings will allow you to really treat yourself and stretch out how long you can travel for.
1 – Get a car as soon as you can to open up opportunities for yourself
2 – Get your regional work out the way early so you can focus on making more money afterwards
3 – Apply for as many jobs as you can (speak to recruiters first if you are trying to find jobs in the cities) to increase your chances of getting a high-paid job
4 – Be open to opportunities – it’s much better to have options and turn them down than to not have options at all
5 – Network with other travellers so you can hear about more opportunities
6 – Save money by going on cheap adventures
7 – Live frugally while you are working so that when you do finish you can afford to do more activities, see more places and travel longer
If any body is thinking about going to Australia soon and needs info, please let me know, I’d be more than happy to help out.