Jobs in Sydney. Which jobs are the best for international students?
Sydney can be an expensive place to live and most students will need to get a job while they are here. It can be a scary thought for some students, who are not sure where to start. Student visa requirements, allow students to work 40 hours a fortnight, however check your own visa requirements, to see what job type you are allowed to apply for.
1. Retail sales worker
This job involves serving customers in the store, packing stock onto the shelves and normally lots of cleaning. Working with lots of people, you are able to practice your English as well, which is a bonus. Hours are usually flexible and you will be able to work on the weekends and late Thursday nights, which can work around your study commitments. Be careful not to spend all of your earnings on the merchandise though.
2. Administrative assistant
Administration is varied and you could be doing a range of different tasks. You will probably be answering phones and entering information into a computer. You may also have to make coffee, set up meeting rooms and sort mail. Photocopying and attending to other similar tasks, are usually on the list. What tasks you will do, will depend on the workplace your in.
Being a waiter is a great job for international students. Sydneysiders love eating out and so there are plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars that you can find work in. You will be kept busy, cleaning, serving food and drinks. seating guests and taking orders. Being a waiter can be a busy job, so be prepared to work hard. This is a great job to help you to practice your English and meet new people.
4. Kitchen Hand
This can be a physically demanding job. A kitchen hand will wash dishes and do easy food preparation tasks in a restaurant’s kitchen. You are often the last to leave the restaurant as you will be scrubbing pots while the waiting staff finish. If you have just started to learn English though, this is a good place to start working, as you will mainly be talking to employees and there is little pressure for your English to be perfect.
This is the job for you if you enjoy working hard and talking to people that you don’t know. For this job you need to be tolerant of people that might have drunk too much, be able to work long hours but also not take yourself too seriously to get along with customers and fellow staff.
This job is mainly night shifts, low interaction with people and takes hard work. Big companies employ hundreds of cleaners and then assign them to office blocks to clean each night. It is great to work as a cleaner, if you have been studying during the day. You will also not be under pressure to have perfect English.
SELC offers courses in English, Business, Fitness and Early Childhood Education and Care studies, in the heart of the Sydney CBD and Bondi Junction. We encourage students to live the full Australian experience, while they are here studying with us. This includes us supporting you to find work in Sydney. If you would like information on any of our courses, don’t hesitate to contact us or have a look at the SELC website.