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Which path? Any hope?

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:43 AM
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Hello there!

I am 23 years old and am currently employed in the UK as an administrator in a law firm. I am on an apprenticeship, so by October i hope to have a National Certificate level 2 in Business and Administration.

I am planning to study a Certificate iii in hairdressing in Perth next year, while staying with my family over there. It is a one year course which I can then extend if i chose to do the certificate iv afterwards.

I have an Aunt and an Uncle in Perth, as well as cousins. I also have family in NSW.

I know that hairdressing is not on the SOL currently, but is there anyway I would be able to get sponsorship from an employer in the industry? Even in regional Australia? Or any other way at all? I'm so confused as there are so many visas out there, I'm finding it difficult to find these answers so I'm desperately hoping someone on her will be able to help me! I really want to join my family over there.

Any advice/info would be great.

Thank you!


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Old 03-23-2013, 01:04 PM
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Hi Gem -

You're right - Australia's visa system is complex! Hope I can help.

Your first step with a student visa to study is a good one. To make yourself more employable in Australia, I recommend as much study as you can accomplish - it can make a big difference in your employability, and in your ability to get a visa.

There are several types of employer sponsored visas that you may qualify for when you're done studying, including the 457 temporary work (skilled) visa, the 485 skilled graduate visa (depending on what you study and what type of a qualification you get), and others. Migration laws and regulations are constantly changing, so it's probably better to start looking at specific visas closer to when you graduate - for instance, major changes are expected in the 457 visa regs on 1 July 2013.

I'd first focus on your study and try and do as much of that as time, circumstances and finances allow, and definitely consider combining your Cert level studies with a Diploma in Business that's related to your study (i.e., Diploma of Salon Management, etc). Especially in regional areas there are still good opportunities in this field as there's a high rate of people leaving the industry - check on SEEK - Australia's no. 1 jobs, employment, career and recruitment site for a good look at current job openings.

Please advise if I can assist any further -


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Old 03-23-2013, 01:22 PM
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Thank you so much for your help! I think I'll take your advice and just do as much studying as I can afford and hopefully that will take me places.

Thanks again!


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