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Old 07-06-2014, 03:37 AM
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Greetings folks!

Hope all is well with everyone during their wait and congrats to those who've completed the mission.

Had a quick question for those who have crossed international waters and settled in already about the job market. From what I've been reading and to no surprise I see it is a bit tough to find a good one.

With that said, the good news is I'm educated with a Bachelors Degree. The bad news is... my major was Mass Communications/Print Journalism and it has done nothing for me here in Central Virginia where it's nothing but RETAIL. On the flipside, I have plenty of sales experience in retail and a little tech savy with wireless phones but still want to at least give my career in writing another shot if jobs are available. I was hoping that maybe there are some internships that would be available to get my resume up but from what I've been told the industry over there for up and coming writers is slim.

Furthermore... I would be happy to settle for a "blue collar job" i.e. UPS or the post office or something until I can find something more appealing or if the pay is good from the places I mentioned I'll keep it. Would love to get some feedback of what some of you have found and some advice on what to expect 1nce I get back. Thanks!

-Michael1682 "VCU ALUMNI"

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Michael, I almost went to VCU but hated it and left, hahaha. I would have majored in journalism/communications had the college I ended up at offered it - I thought I wanted to be a journalist for a while myself (even interned at the biggest alt weekly in RIC for a bit... haha). Seems like you and I have a bizarre amount in common. Anyway, I ended up turning my career towards PR instead as it seemed like it was easier to make a living that way. No joy with jobs here in Aus yet, but I'm working on it. Best of luck!

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Hi Michael (you worried me for a while because your name is almost identical to my parents and I thought, oh no, they're on here as well...) anyway.

I am Australian with a degree in Social Science (Hons) with a Masters in Adult Education. My husband, who arrived here 4 months ago on a PMV now waiting on his 801/820 visa, has a PhD in Life Sciences (he is an environmental scientist/ecologist). I am currently doing a bit of reception and gardening work at holiday cabins in the Hunter Valley and my husband has been unable to score an interview in any of the many, many jobs he has applied for.

What to expect when you get here? A long, depressing and very irksome wait.

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Good news is that you have experience in retail so you can get a job in retail and that should be pretty easy. Retail is pretty easy to get into if you have recent experience in it ... if no experience than it is hard to break into.

I wouldn't bother with the post office as they are laying off staff.

Journalism .... I know someone who was a journalist but is now doing his masters in education so he can leave journalism. Is very hard to get into the big newspapers but we do have local free newspapers that you may be able to get a job at. I am not sure what the pay is for journalists but it would not surprise me if it was commission.

If you want to try something new there are some free courses you can do like in community care. Other free ones like child care you need your 820. Not all offer them for free but there are some that do.

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@CollegeGirl.... LOL, oddly enough we really do have a lot in common. I must say though you made the right decision with PR. It appears that every other medium folks I know found something but everyone with the exception of one or two made it in the print industry. I loved VCU but George Mason was actually my first choice. I took it to Richmond cuz the young lady I was dating at the time went to Mason and I didn't want the drama lol. Sorry to hear about the job wait though but from what I've read in a lot of your posts you seem to be headed in the right direction

@F&J.... Sorry for the scare my friend lol. I didn't think my name would be similar to anyone's but I've noticed plenty of coincidences on here so far (me and Collegegirl grew up 1 hr. from each other in VA/USA). Anyway, I appreciate your feedback and wow so many credentials between you and your husband and still no luck when it comes to the job market? And both of you are you are 2 steps ahead of me lol. Wow, well I've come to the realization I'm only gonna enjoy limited success so that's why I'll do "ANYTHING" (legally) to get money cuz I don't think I'll be coming over there with much to begin with. My soon to be in-laws appear to be well connected but I've seen episodes like that before where u think you got something someone has put you on to and them "boom!" it falls through and your back to square one so I'd rather find something on my own terms.

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Hi Mish

Good to hear from you again. And yup... RETAIL is written all over my resume so like you said that should be easy but I was hoping to find something that is career like. I'm sure I can try to get in management or something but this fiancÚ of mine isn't gonna be too pleased if I'm tied up on the weekends. I could care less about what days I work but to keep the peace in my household I at least wanna give something else a shot if it's available. I'll definitely keep my eye out on that and some of the other things you have mentioned

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Unfortunately most people that work in retail here will work weekends as that is their busiest time of the week. You also have them working public holidays too including boxing day.

You can always do it in the short term while exploring other career avenues.

Anything to do with community care which includes youth work, aged work and disability work. These areas are in high demand in Australia at the moment.

My husband has a degree in Accounting but had to work in another field because he doesn't have the Australian tax law component so isn't recognised.

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My husband attended University of Florida and got his BA in the Russian language. Oy vey! He ended up joining the army, lol.

He would love a translation job, but it's very unlikely to happen right now....no one needs Russian translators here....no linguistics positions either except through the defence forces and that's not happening either now or in the future. He has admitted that while he loved his degree, it has not served him well.

The job market for nurses is just as tight and they are estimating that there will be a loss of 1 in 5 nursing positions within four years - double yuck! I'm now studying midwifery, with the hopes that my dual qualification will open more doors. I did have a full time position, but having children and being out of the job for a year and a half has meant it's harder to get a new position when the time comes. I will work through an agency and in the hospital's casual pool, but am not too positive about my chances of getting a full time position.

Hubby might just become a stay at home dad and house husband while I work full time.

Good luck to you in your job hunt.

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Hi Star!

Thank you for your feedback. And my goodness they are really giving the nurses are hard time now????? That is insane. If you were to fly over here to the states you would get hired an hour or less after getting off the plane lol. Unless you are in the medical field, IT, Law or lucked out and got a job in the govt you are pretty much stuck in LIMBO. They are always looking for teachers as well but I don't know too many folks who wanna deal with these delinquent/digital kids these days.

Best of luck to you and your husband for future jobs as I'm sure something will open up to you all in time

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Greetings folks!

Hope all is well with everyone during their wait and congrats to those who've completed the mission.

Had a quick question for those who have crossed international waters and settled in already about the job market. From what I've been reading and to no surprise I see it is a bit tough to find a good one.

With that said, the good news is I'm educated with a Bachelors Degree. The bad news is... my major was Mass Communications/Print Journalism and it has done nothing for me here in Central Virginia where it's nothing but RETAIL. On the flipside, I have plenty of sales experience in retail and a little tech savy with wireless phones but still want to at least give my career in writing another shot if jobs are available. I was hoping that maybe there are some internships that would be available to get my resume up but from what I've been told the industry over there for up and coming writers is slim.

Furthermore... I would be happy to settle for a "blue collar job" i.e. UPS or the post office or something until I can find something more appealing or if the pay is good from the places I mentioned I'll keep it. Would love to get some feedback of what some of you have found and some advice on what to expect 1nce I get back. Thanks!

-Michael1682 "VCU ALUMNI"
The thing with Comms or PR in Australia is that it's hard to get into the field if you don't have experience. I graduated last year with a Bachelor of Communication here in Australia and have had a few interviews, but I think I'm competing with people with a lot of experience as I've had feedback from some employers after interviews. They always tell me there was someone with more experience and that I should try and get more experience for the entry level jobs I apply for (classic thing though no? They don't hire you and tell you to get experience then the cycle goes on.) A few of my former classmates have mentioned similar things about the process.
I've done internships with comms departments and volunteered for clerical work experience, but nothing yet in my chosen field.

That's actually something I miss from the U.S. (I'm originally from Los Angeles) I found that most employers were always willing to train people, at least that's what I encountered when I was hired for jobs.

Anyway I haven't given up, and I love Australia so I'm sure I'll find something. Fingers crossed, and good luck on your search here.

PS
I live in Melbourne, so it might be different for other people in other places?


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