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Getting a job in Australia as an international student

Surbhi Singh
4 mins read

You might be reading this article before planning to study in Australia. But wait, are you someone already studying or just about to pass out your graduate program in Australia? Whichever stage you are at, this blog post will help you as a job guide with tips for getting a job in Australia.

Job Prospects in Australia 

Before entering the job market, you should be aware of the economic scenario of the country. It will make you confident about the work opportunities available. Recently, management, healthcare, and IT-related jobs are booming in Australia. Many of these form a part of SOL list. See the table below for popular IT jobs in Australia. 

Job Titles

Average annual salary (AUD)

IT Systems Architect


IT Manager


IT Security Architect


Cloud Engineers


Data Scientist


Python Developers


IT Consultants


Project Managers


Telecom Technicians


DevOps Engineer


If you wish to have a look at most promising fields to work in Australia, see the table below. 


Average annual salary (AUD)

Healthcare and Medical

60,000- 300,000


60,000- 120,000


80,000- 100,000


70,000- 85,000

Banking and Finance

40,000- 100,000


80,000- 100,000

Rail and Maritime Transport

80,000- 100,000

Mining Jobs

100,000- 250,000


50,000- 100,000

Marketing and communication

60,000- 80,000

Please note that the figures above are tentative and may differ for a fresher. However, as you gain experience, you are likely to earn more.

Top Companies Recruiting in Australia

According to a survey conducted by GradAustralia in 2019, mentioned below is a list of top companies that offer chances for hiring international graduates in Australia.

  • Deloitte
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Accenture
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Google
  • Allens
  • BHP Billiton
  • Department of Education and Training
  • L'Oreal
  • Qantas

See the following ones too.

  • AT Kearney
  • John Holland
  • Carlton United Breweries
  • SAS
  • SIG
  • South32
  • VMWare
  • WSP
  • Kraft Heinz
  • McGrathNicol

International Job Search Tips in Australia


Dedicate your time to understand the following:

  • Know how Australians recruit i.e., what is the recruitment process.
  • Job market and the trending jobs
  • Employers in your target industry e.g., name of organizations hiring management graduates
  • Before interviewing, go through an organization's website and read its values
  • Use platforms such as Factiva and Fair Work Ombudsman to know business-related in-depth information

Use your university’ career services

  • Attend job-related events organized by your university such as webinars, workshops, talks, career fairs.
  • As a student, you might be simply blank when it comes to writing your CV or how to talk with professionals. 
  • Career-related events may help you start and even build a network. Who knows what comes right!

Build a network proactively

That foreign land will soon be like your home once you start talking to people and build a network. Stay connected to your professors, friends and seniors. You must be knowing people from your part-time job experience as a student. If you are not able to get your hands into a job, seek contacts in your network for assistance.

Job sites in Australia

There are multiple job sites in Australia such as 

Update your profile over some of these job sites and keep an eye over these.

Connect online

People say it’s a virtual world. But platforms such as LinkedIn can be really powerful to connect with professionals and know their interests. You can join relevant groups and forums to stay updated with industry news.

Know your selling points

Recruiters want to be assured that you will be able to adapt to their companies. Have a look at these:

  • You are an international student and adapted to a foreign land
  • During your coursework, you have interacted with people from different nationalities, ethics, and what not!
  • You have developed communication skills
  • You are culturally sensitive

How do these sounds? There must be so many other selling points you would have on the academic front. Use them and highlight them!

Develop Skillset

Skillset is such a broad term. Let’s break it down for you. 

  • Internships: Employers love to see some hands-on experience in a graduate's resume. Find some industrial internship opportunities while you are studying to get a competitive advantage later.
  • Be a team player: Participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, and societies at your university. Building interpersonal skills is invaluable.
  • Online courses and certifications: Courses are available in bulk on online platforms. Doing these escalate your chances of standing out in hiring processes.

Stay energetic

You would want to join a giant company. But keeping yourself open to start-ups or medium organizations may help develop skillset and experience to prepare better. Stay positive, absorb feedback, and learn as much as you can.

Job Market in Australia for International Students

Staying positive is crucial but keeping a check on some facts and figures is not a bad idea. After all, staying realistic is important too. Below are some quick figures for you to roll eyes on.

1. How many international students stay back in Australia?

According to a survey, 50% of international students go back to their homelands. 43% stay in Australia, while 4% move out to other countries.

2. For those who stay back, do they find employment in Australia?

79% of international students find jobs within 3 years of graduating.

Stay back options in Australia

If you want to stay back and work in Australia for its pleasant weather, safe cities, welcoming peers, well-paid job roles, check out the following options.

  • Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462): This allows you to travel and work up to 12 months.

  • Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485): This is for working in Australia. You will get a permit to work for 18 months with a graduate workstream and 2-4 years with a post-study workstream.

  • Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189): This allows you to apply for permanent residency as a skilled migrant in Australia. 


We hope this blog post helps you understand how to get a job in Australia. The job market in Australia for international students can be competitive but with the right preparation and persistence, you can find the best jobs in Australia. A hub of opportunities wait for you after your graduate program ends. Yocket wishes you all the best in your journey ahead. 

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