International students

For international students there are additional factors that need to be considered when job seeking in Australia, back home or in another country.

Returning to your home country

If you are planning to return to your home country to work there are a number of strategies that will assist you to be more competitive and successful in your job search.

  • Keep in contact or re-establish contact with family and friends and let them know you will be returning and looking for graduate employment.
  • Keep up-to-date with events, current affairs and labour market trends in your home country.
  • Check Careers Online for employment opportunities in your home country and for international companies on campus recruiting for the countries you have an interest in.
  • Attend Australian based career fairs and look out for country-focused events such as Graduan Malaysia
  • Check the career sites of local universities in your home country to see which companies are recruiting graduates
    • Go to the websites of these companies to check the application process and closing dates.
    • Be aware that the graduate recruitment from local universities occurs at the start of the academic year in the northern hemisphere.
  • Chambers of commerce

    A great way to make contact with Australian businesses overseas is through the Australian Chamber of Commerce, usually called AustCham (e.g. Austcham Beijing) network. They run a range of business and social events and are valued by newcomers as one of the best ways to build your network when you arrive.

  • Alumni events

    With more than 35,000 University of Melbourne alumni around the world, there are both formal and informal alumni networks in many cities.

    Take advantage of your connection with the University to meet other graduates to learn how you may find opportunities in their town or city. They have established networks to employment and there are sometimes events where you can meet with employers in your home country.

Seeking employment in Australia

If you are considering staying on to seek employment in Australia you will find the job market competitive. It may be more difficult for international students in some circumstances, as employers like to recruit for the long term and might be concerned about losing staff going home. International students and graduates need to use the full range of job search strategies to maximise chances of finding employment. You need to:

  • Target the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) market.
  • Build and use your networks.
  • Consider joining relevant professional associations and student clubs and societies.
  • Learn about and become comfortable with Australian workplace culture.
  • Further develop your English language skills.

Other important considerations:

  • Check your work visa requirements at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Know your workplace rights as an international student
  • Review the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). In Australia migration agents must be registered in order to provide immigration assistance services
  • Ensure that you have a recent IELTS Assessment taken in Australia, as this will be required with your applications for employment. It is advised that you register to sit your IELTS Assessment several months before you submit your applications for employment, as sessions can often be heavily booked.

Working outside Australia in a country other than your home country

There are a number of considerations before seeking employment opportunities in another country and you need to research these areas thoroughly:

  • What are your work rights if you do not have residency in that country?
  • How can you obtain a work visa or employer sponsorship?
  • What is the demand for your skills and qualifications in that country?
  • Do you need to obtain work experience related to your qualification to be competitive for work outside your home country?

Go to international work to read more about ways to find work and visa requirements.

Need some more help?

Read the the information on international work for ways to find advertised work and other tips.