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Recently, the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency released a report with the title Resources Sector Skills Needs 2013 Report. One of the key points of this report is that the Australian oil and gas industry faces a serious shortage of skilled workers. While part of the report focuses on measures that both the government and industry can take to fix the lack of experience among domestic workers, it stands to reason that any major measures will take time to implement and have any impact.
As a result of the expectation that job opportunities within this field are going to rise by over 50% during the next five years, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many companies are looking at options for aggressively recruiting domestic workers, as well bringing in skilled workers from other countries through contract personnel agencies that specialise in 457 visas.
If you currently live outside of Australia, but have skills that are applicable to the oil and gas industry, this could be a major opportunity for you. Not only does Australia currently have many appealing professional paths to follow, but the country itself provides a living experience that is quite enviable. In fact, Melbourne has been named the world’s most livable city for three straight years.
Since choosing to move to a new country is a very big decision, it’s a situation where you want to have as much information as possible. That’s why this post is going to cover some of the basics of what it’s like to work in Australia, as well as what you can expect to get out of living there.
Everything You Need to Know About the Aussie Way of Life
For most people who go to Australia to work, the formal part of the process is handled through a 457 visa. This visa is good for up to four years, and can be renewed after that point. The main factor to keep in mind with this visa is it ties you to a specific company. That being said, it is possible to go through a process to have this visa transferred to a different company.
In terms of visas, this one is fairly simple and straightforward. Because the application is usually handled by an employer or employment agency, most people who are qualified to work for a company find that they are able to get this visa in a relatively short amount of time and with minimal hassle.
Once you actually make it to Australia, you’ll have an opportunity to start soaking up everything the country has to offer. To start with, if you enjoy wine or beer, you’ll be happy to know that they’re viewed as standard parts of social evening meals. When you’re out and talking with Australians, you may notice that it’s fairly common for people to take words, shorten them to two syllables and add a -y to the end.
If you live in a metro area like Brisbane, you’ll find that the public transportation is great. Given their convenience and affordability, these options are simply the best way to get around. In terms of flavours you can expect to enjoy pineapples, beets and sweet chili sauce are all items you will likely find on burgers. And until you’ve had apricots and mangos from Australia, you haven’t actually tasted how sweet these fruits can be.
While you can easily find different types of meats, lamb is the country’s most popular. In terms of being from another country, the laid back mentality of Australia means you shouldn’t have any trouble feeling comfortable in both professional and social settings. Finally, one of the really special things about Australia is how conscious it is of animals and the environment. Because of this, it’s hard to beat the amount of natural beauty Australia has to offer.
Although moving to a country that’s as desirable as Australia may seem like a fantasy, the demand for the right type of workers is definitely there. If you have the skills that are needed, getting the opportunity to experience a completely new lifestyle may be well within your reach!
About the Author: Betty Moore is a blogger and avid traveler. After graduating from college in 2007, she realised that a normal corporate job wasn’t for her. It took several years of extremely hard work to get established, but she couldn’t be happier with the flexible lifestyle that being a professional blogger has given her.