For students who have left their home countries and are studying in Australia as international students, it can be tough at times to meet the ends. Apart from the fees, there are whole lot of other expenses including accommodation, food and travelling which accumulate to make it hard for students to sustain. The best way out for such students is to get a part time job and support their stay in Australia while they are still studying. The good news is that after April 2008 ay student who has been allotted a visa is eligible to work along with their studies.
With that being said, it is important to note that international students are only allowed to work fixed number of hours per week. This is primarily intended at ensuring that students are able to focus on their studies and don’t deviate from their real purpose of stay in the country. A student is allowed to work a maximum of 20 hrs per week during the semester.
Most students prefer working in their field of study but the fact is that in most cases this is not possible. It is unlikely that you will find a part time job in your field, at your location. It is for this very reason that most international students go with odd jobs which at times, require them to work in night shifts.
While this might not seem like an ideal situation, there is a lot you gain doing such jobs. Other than monetary benefit, which is of course a life line for most international students, such jobs give them an ideal opportunity to interact with locals and understand the local culture. Communicating during the job helps such students to get acquainted with the local accent which is definitely going to help them a laot during their stay.
You can stay and work in Australia after getting your degree by applying for a permanent residence. For students who have studied in Australia, there is a special visa for permanent residency. Despite that, the visa even in such cases is not always guaranteed.