In our Meet a Working Holiday Maker series, we talk to working holiday makers in Australia about their experiences here. Today, we talk to Sam, a legal support recruitment consultant for people2people.
1. Where are you from originally?
2. What made you decide to do an Australian working holiday?
I actually came here by chance after spending a few months in L.A. A friend was travelling back to Sydney and said I should check it out with him.
3. What was the most difficult part about settling in or adjusting to life in Australia?
I found it all so small and quiet compared to London. I think I was shocked that you could walk across the whole CBD in about fifteen minutes. The music is also horrible: Australia loves that dance/chart/pop, which I can’t stand. I think it took me about eight months until I really started to find good places to go out and develop a strong friendship base. Quality of life is very important to Australians, and I love how they have a work/life balance that I’ve never seen in London.
4. As a working holiday maker, how did you find the job search?
I found it very easy, to be honest. I actually only made one call to people2people and started the following week. I’m still here today, so I suppose it was meant to be.
5. What tips would you give to other working holiday makers?
If you come with a good attitude and you’re flexible with your job search, then you will find work. As a recruiter, my best candidates have been on a working holiday visa and have all had outstanding work ethic. Also, stock up on chocolate before you leave.
Are you a working holiday maker, and would you like to share your Australian experience? Get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.