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Finding Work in Australia
Old 15th December 2009, 08:00 PM   #1
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As with other English speaking countries, Australia is committed to equal employment opportunities for all, and your qualifications and work experience (and to a lesser extent flexibility) will determine your career, not your nationality.

Take with you any qualifications, certificates and references you may have when you emigrate. However, bare in mind that the fact that they may have been recognized officially by the government as part of the migration process does not mean that an Australian prospective employer will also do so.

Local qualifications are generally preferred over others and the majority of migrants to Australia would significantly improve their career prospects by getting an Australian qualification after migrating.

Similarly, the experience you have gained from working outside of Australia will not be viewed in the same way as if you had spent that time working within Australia. There is not anything underhand about this, it is just that employers would rather employ people who have worked for companies that they have heard of rather than obscure ones from another country.

That is not to say that your past work experience is irrelevant, it is not at all, it is just that you will be at a disadvantage when applying for jobs that people with in-country experience are also applying for.

Therefore, you should be prepared to have to accept lesser jobs (in terms of skills required and pay) until you build up some local experience. You may also need to live outside of the major cities though, where there is less competition for jobs.

Depending on your qualifications and experience, job prospects may be better in one part of Australia than elsewhere.

For example, if you have a background in manufacturing companies, you will have more chance of finding a suitable job in Melbourne, and to a lesser extent in Adelaide. If you have worked in finance companies, Sydney is the major centre of employment, while those with a background in resources should look at Perth.

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