Australia: The Next American Dream?

Now, I know what you must be thinking: ’The land of sunshine, the beaches, the surfing, the beer and of course the kangaroos and koalas – I’ve heard it all before, it all sounds nice and dandy, but too good to be true’. Hopefully this article will manage to persuade you to withhold that thought for just a tiny bit longer, at least by the end of the last paragraph. Because, as you will see, there is indeed much more to Oz than just funny accents and good times, although both of these will inevitably make your stay even more pleasurable.

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What is most important though, is that Australia actually offers very decent – to put it modestly –working and living opportunities, whether you’re a student taking a gap year and seeking some work abroad, a family person looking to relocate and start a new life chapter on the other side of the world or almost anything in between. With the right attitude and preparation (mainly consisting of obtaining all the necessary information), these opportunities can be endless, and it would be a shame not to seize one of them if you’re even considering this beautiful country as an option. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty then.

The Job Opportunities

Australia might be otherwise known as Down Under, but that’s certainly not the case when it comes to the state of its economy. It is rich with natural resources, sources of renewable energy and is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, which has provided a consistent stream of foreign investment. As a consequence, this has left the Australian economy relatively untouched by the global financial crisis, long with promising prospects for work. For instance, you might well find yourself working in some of the growing industries, such as tourism, retail, telecommunications or even agriculture, if that kind of thing takes your fancy (believe it or not, agriculture is one of Australia’s major contributing sectors to the economy).

The country has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world –a little over 6 percent- and even though in the beginning you might only be able to work with a single employer for up to six months, this does not pose a problem for the following reason: Australia has a shortage of skilled occupancies, meaning that there are fewer skilled workers than job opportunities on offer, consequently making finding a new job relatively easy. And if you’re not a skilled worker aiming to move for work permanently, there are plenty of temporary work offers. In addition to all of this, Australia has world-topping workplace conditions, an established democratic history with a low crime rate, as well as excellent education and healthcare systems. Surely all of those sound like good reasons to at least give it a thought!

The Life


Off Clouds

And now we move to the interesting part. The good news is – even if you’re not into surfing, all is not lost! Australia is home to some of the world’s most exciting cities such as Melbourne, which was voted first on the list of most desirable places to live in the world (the list also featured three other Australlian cities in the top 10). Both the cities and the countryside bristle with a lively, positive atmosphere and a wide array of cultural landmarks. Whether you are a fan of great cuisine, the arts and live music, sports or being a member of the charity sector, for instance, you are most definitely certain to find something that suits your tastes in this amazing country. Furthermore, the people are friendly and embracing and there is a genuine sense of community wherever you go, seeing as Australia has one of the more, if not most culturally and linguistically diverse populations on the planet.

All of this should make fitting in much easier and a lot more fun too. Why make it very stressful when you can make it very fulfilling instead, right? Moreover, Australia is the very paragon of health care systems. Every citizen of Australia is entitled to basic health care, but there is also a private health care system.

Unique Experience

Truth be told, no one can guarantee that you’ll be hanging out with Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, or Chris Hemsworth, but you’ll be able to enjoy various other perks this continent has to offer. You can finally start working on your surfing career, considering how there are a lot of surfing instructors, plus the weather is primarily sunny, therefore you’ll be able to go to the beach on everyday basis.

If you are afraid of spiders, snakes medusas etc. Australia, will give you an athletic toss out of your comfort zone and make you face your fears so often that you’ll become a new “Brave Heart”. All jokes aside, Australia has a unique variety of flora and fauna, therefore any eco enthusiast or biologist will have plethora of inspiration for writing new thesis. You can also explore the culture of native aborigine society, go on a whale watching cruise, or go hiking. After all, Australia has a lot of interesting landscapes that are worth your time. If, on the other hand, you are a person of simple taste, you’ll absolutely fall in love with Australian barbecue. On weekends there is always a barbecue event nearby. Use it to lay back, enjoy your day in the sun with a can of cold beer in one hand and a juicy burger in the other. Don’t worry these are not made out of Kangaroos.

Preparing for Settlement

Since you’re probably not a permanent Australian resident, chances are you will have to get a temporary residency or working visa to be able to stay for the short to medium term. There are multiple ways to do so, so all is good. Additionally, good command of the English language and fluency in it are a must. You might want to look into getting a professional qualification of sorts or work experience to heighten your chances of getting a job as soon as you arrive. Trying to find a place to live beforehand would certainly not be a bad idea, and there are websites to help you out with this. Finally, it is a big country and the distances can pose a challenge even in cities unless you have an adequate means of transport, but thankfully there are cheap and effective ways of resolving this issue too, such as securing reliable car transport on various car brokers’ websites.

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Hopefully by now you should have a clearer picture of what living in Australia is like, and what it can be if you’re adventurous, determined and open for trying out new possibilities. Granted, preparation and a bit of work beforehand are necessary, but that’s the case for all the good things in life, isn’t it? So, if you’re even a tiny bit more convinced after reading this – stop waiting, and get down on seeking out all that important information! Even if you come out at the other end of it having decided it’s not really your cup of tea (or pint of beer), you will still have learned something new, which is always a good thing. And of course, you will have at least opened your mind for some new possibilities for the uncertain future, and that is an even better thing, because you know what they say -never say never.