Young economist uses 457 visa to get dream job in Australia

by Ray Clancy on November 1, 2013

in Australia Immigration, Jobs in Australia

The 457 visa is still a major topic for debate in Australia but many support it as it allows skilled overseas workers to bring their expertise to the country.

Katrina Edillor, 26, from the Philippines recently has told how the visa programme has enabled her to have a major say in the future of the country’s wine industry


The 457 visa allows skilled overseas workers to bring their expertise to the country

Edillor is an economist working for the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, which represents hundreds of winemakers across the nation, and is deeply involved in a review of the industry as it plans its future.

She was sponsored by the Winemakers’ Federation for a temporary skilled subclass 457 visa. Katrina has a wealth of knowledge, gained since leaving her home country to study in Singapore where she won a scholarship to the Singapore Management University in 2004.

She completed her economics degree there, and then worked for two years with a finance company during the global financial crisis before she headed for Australia.

She completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Adelaide in 2012, where she graduated with the highest level distinction, winning two awards in the process. After her job search, she landed the wine industry job of her dreams but it was hard work to get where she is now. She explained that she applied for 120 jobs before winning the position of economist with the WFA.

The federation recently launched an expert review of winemaking in Australia. Katrina is part of the team providing advice on how to improve the industry, now faced with various economic challenges that include increased competition from Chile, France and South Africa, as well as the emergence of China as an importer.

‘It is harder to sell wine against them. Every time the Australian dollar strengthens, it gets harder,’ she explained.

She added that the review is a huge project that will essentially develop policies and programmes that are economically sound to generate long term benefits for wine makers and to the economy as a whole. The outcomes will affect future government policy.

Now Katrina is applying for permanent residency in Australia. ‘I really love being in Adelaide. There are so many things to do and the opportunities are really exceptional,’ she said.

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