Be Kind To Food Servers Month on January, 2019: What kind of job opportunities are there in Australia?
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Sure, serving lunchroom meals isn't the most glamorous task, yet it's certainly one we should not consider provided. Be Kind To Food Servers Month motivates you to appreciate and get in touch with individuals that assist you to meat, veg and dessert.
Living and working in Australia. It sounds great, doesn't it? Many youthful (and not-so-youthful) foreigners take the opportunity to work "Down Under" and then use that time to travel and enjoy the fruits of their labor. With a labor force of over 10 million, Australia certainly appreciates all the help it can get. Being a temporary resident in Australia is an awesome opportunity for anyone looking for some adventure--or to escape home. There is, of course, tons of responsibility that comes with taking a job overseas, but there's plenty of fun to be had as well.
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What kind of job?
Stick with what you know. or go the opposite route and try to do something completely different from your skill set. You first need to figure out for yourself how committed you want to be to your job. If your primary purpose in working in Australia is to travel around the country, the go with something that will provide you with a flexible schedule. Or, if you're looking to gain experience, then get started on your job search early--preferably before arrival in Australia.
Consider how much you hope to earn while working in Australia. Jobs can be paid or unpaid and could or could not include accommodations. For this, you need to know how much you have to begin with. Depending on where you plan to live, Australia is not necessarily a cheap place (the northern and western regions are far cheaper than the more populated south and east), so you should budget for a minimum of $500 living expenses (including rent, food, and cash to spend).
Typical paid jobs are the following:
Working in the outback.
Being a tour guide.
Working as a dive master.
Doing farm work.
Being a bartender or server.
Fortunately, most of these jobs provide room and board. Make sure you are clear about the terms of your position as well as the possible dangers involved. Unfortunately, many of these jobs do not provide medical insurance. If that is the case, you should consider acquiring some form of traveler's insurance, which will cover basic medical emergencies and check-ups.
Volunteer or unpaid jobs (like internships or service programs) usually have the advantage of covering room and board as well as medical insurance. They also give you far more flexibility, so sometimes these factors can hold just as much value as a paycheck and could be the better option if your real intention is to travel rather than work.
Before You Go
Get your passport and visa in order at least three months before your planned departure. The kind of visa you acquire will be crucial to your length of stay. The ideal types would be the skilled, business, or special activities visa, which would allow you to stay in the country for up to three years. In these cases, you will have acquired a job before arrival in Australia. The more commonly used visa for younger foreigners (between 18 and 30 years of age) is the working holiday visa, which does not require that you have a job before arrival and allows a maximum 12-month stay.
Get your finances in order before your big trip. Starting a new bank account in Australia is possible, but several banks (like Citibank) have plenty of branches in Australia and give you the added benefit of banking both at home and Down Under.
Pack light and bring a maximum of two bags of belongings unless you plan to live and work in the bush the whole time. There is plenty of shopping and stocking up that can be done upon your arrival, and it will spare you a lot of lugging around of goods, especially if you are not sure where you are going to work or what your job will be.
Plan for an undetermined date of return. Many travelers choose to use their time in Australia as the beginning leg of a trip around the world. Others develop a great love for Australia, find another job that allows them to stay longer, and decide to stay Down Under for good. It's best to plan for a one way journey, as you never know what will happen once you land in the sunburned country.
Read more: How to Find Jobs in Australia
What kind of jobs can you get with a degree in Hospitality?
1. Hotel general manager
Responsibilities: Directs everything involved in the operation and financial result of the property; creates standards for personnel administration and performance, service to patrons, room rates, advertising, publicity and food selection.
Training: A combination of more than two years of directly-related training and/or experience.
U.S. average salary: $149,456
2. Hotel clerk
Responsibilities: Performs an assortment of services for hotel guests, such as guest check-in and check-out, assigning rooms and answering inquiries to hotel services.
Training: A combination of three to six months of directly-related training and/or experience.
U.S. National average salary: $19,710
Responsibilities: Escorts incoming hotel guests to rooms; assists with luggage; offers information about available services and facilities of hotel and entertainment attractions; inspects guest's room to make sure things are satisfactory.
Training: Short-term on-the-job training.
U.S. average salary: $15,995
4. Meeting and convention planner
Responsibilities: Plans meetings and special events of various sizes. Coordinates such logistics as budgets, speakers, entertainment, transportation, facilities, technology, equipment, logistical requirements, printing, food and beverage, and other related issues.
Training: A combination of six to 12 months of directly-related training and/or experience.
U.S. average salary: $60,245
Responsibilities: Assists guests with everything from making restaurant reservations to acquiring tickets to special events to helping with travel arrangements and tours of interesting places to visit.
Training: Short-term on-the-job training.
U.S. average salary: $16,262
6. Maitre d’
Responsibilities: Also known as the head waiter, the maitre d’ assigns customers to tables; makes advance reservations; oversees all aspects of the dining room experience for patrons; makes sure all waiters are doing their jobs effectively.
Training: Most start out as food and beverage servers and work their way up to the position. College courses in hotel and restaurant management or business administration are also a definite asset.
U.S. average salary: $28,000 - $45,000, depending on establishment.
7. Executive chef
Responsibilities: Oversees all kitchen activity, such as menu creation and staff management; utilizes food surpluses and leftovers; tracks popularity of various dishes; estimates customer food consumption; tests cooked foods by tasting and smelling them; creates special dishes and recipes.
Training: A combination of more than four years of directly-related training and/or experience.
U.S. average salary: $46,206
8. Reservation ticket agent
Responsibilities: Answers phone or e-mail inquiries; offers suggestions and information about travel arrangements, such as schedules, rates and types of accommodation; quotes fares and room rates; makes and confirms transportation and hotel reservations.
Training: A high school diploma or its equivalent is the most common educational requirement, but some employers prefer applicants who have completed college coursework in management or business.
U.S. average salary: $27,750
9. Maids and housekeeping cleaner
Responsibilities: Such light cleaning duties as making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, vacuuming, emptying wastebaskets and restocking bathroom supplies.
Training: No previous work-related skill, knowledge or experience is needed; short-term on-the-job training.
U.S. average salary: $20,124
10. Gaming dealer
Responsibilities: Operates table games such as craps, blackjack and roulette; provides dice and dispenses cards to players; determines winners, calculates and pays winning bets, and collects losing bets.
Training: Most employers prefer at least a high school diploma or GED. Each casino establishes its own requirements for education, training and experience. Many institutions give training toward certificates in gaming, as well as offering an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in a hospitality-related field.
U.S. average salary: $14,340
Server at a restaurant- How can I lift these heavy plates?!?
Do they not use trays? When I was a server, and being a smaller framed person myself, I had some difficulty in the beginning with the weight. After practicing and sucking it up things did improve. Using a tray will not lighten the load of 3 plates, but it will distribute the weight more comfortably and you can rest the tray on your shoulder and stabilize it with your other hand if needed. If trays are not an option, you can maybe carry what you can handle until you build up some more muscle and skill. In a perfect and fair world, your employer would allow this and be patient with you. Keep putting on your A-game in every way you can and keep smiling. Unfortunately, if your employer and you can't find a happy medium, they can let you go. The only other thing I can think of is trying to get a male server or follower to help you out if they themselves aren't busy, but that can be kind of tricky. Either try the trays if it's an option, try to negotiate as much as you can with your boss, or try to get some help from co-workers. If you do lose your job, it may be for the better in the long run. Being under that kind of strain will indeed aggravate your carpal tunnel, and you can endure other work related/repetitive motion injuries as well. I have shoulder problems from lifting heavy platters for months. I stick with jobs that don't demand as much physically, usually working at coffee shops. The downside is servers can make pretty good money comparatively. Just do what you feel comfortable with and if you can't keep this job, keep your chin up and look elsewhere.