Job Opportunities Down Under

The Star : Sunday September 16, 2007

Option to work after studies

STUDENTS keen to gain solid work experience after graduation can now look to doing so Down Under.

Under new regulations introduced recently, students in Australia who have met certain criteria can work for up to two years in the country.

This applies to students who:

  • have successfully completed the principal course of study for which their student visa was granted, and want to undertake a period of supervised work experience for professional registration either in Australia or in their home country; or
  • have successfully completed the principal course of study at the diploma or higher level for which their student visa was granted, and want to undertake a supervised occupational training programme in a closely related field for up to 12 months.

    A view of the Alcan Gove Alumina refinery in the Northern Territory, Australia. The mining industry, Australia’s largest single exporter, also offers a wide range of job vacancies. – AP

    Subject to meeting a number of conditions, these students can apply for an occupational trainee visa subclass 442 to work in Australia.

    “What this means is that students will be able to remain and work in Australia upon graduating so that they can gain relevant work experience which will hold them in good stead on their returning to Malaysia and joining the workforce,” said Studylink Sdn Bhd senior education adviser Tony Tan.

    According to him, the new regulations also provide for the visa subclass 485, which allows overseas students who do not meet the criteria for a permanent General Skilled Migration visa to remain in Australia for 18 months to gain skilled work experience or improve their English language skills.

    They may apply for permanent residence at any time if they are able to meet the pass mark on the General Skilled Migration points test. One of the main conditions of this visa is that students must have studied for two or more years in Australia.

    On job opportunities in Australia, Tan notes that as the mining industry is Australia’s largest single exporter, it also has the biggest and widest range of job vacancies, ranging from those in engineering to others in science-based fields like geology, environment, chemistry and geophysics.

    Students graduating from business streams, he adds, are very highly sought in the same industry, and there are also numerous vacancies in accounting/finance, business administration, marketing, health and safety, human resources, information technology and even law and public relations communications.

    Meanwhile, the Australian Education Roadshow is on again, with universities from Australia, government and private schools, TAFE institutions, and hotel and language schools sending representatives to meet Malaysian students.

    Organised by Studylink, the fair will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Subang on Sept 20, Armada Hotel, PJ (Sept 21), Seri Pacific Kuala Lumpur (Sept 22), Trader’s Hotel, Penang (Sept 23), Syuen Hotel, Ipoh (Sept 24), open day at Studylink office, SS15, Subang Jaya (Sept 25), Seri Pacific Hotel, Johor Baru (Sept 26), Katerina Hotel, Batu Pahat (Sept 27), Classic Hotel, Muar (Sept 28), and Equatorial, Malacca (Sept 29).

    All application fees to institutions will be waived during the 10-day roadshow.

    For details, call 03-5880 8080 (Subang Jaya), 04-228 2286 (Penang), 05-807 2273 (Taiping), 05-255 2811 (Ipoh) and 07-332 1700 (Johor Baru) or go to or e-mail

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