Working Overseas ?

When you think about working overseas, does the idea excite you or terrify you? 

For me, working overseas has always been on my to-do list since I finished high school. Growing up in a small town in rural Shanghai, I wanted to go outside my hometown and see what opportunities are out there. When I was 19, I went abroad for the first time to the United States where I got the chance to see another side of the world. This really intrigued me to think: what do people do in another country and how culture can shape the personality of a person?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure most of you really want to step out of your comfort zone and experience something different from your current environment. But some of you might think: “Oh I don’t have the money to go overseas.””I really want to go but no one is going with me.” or “How can I work overseas while I can’t get a working visa?”.

Well, I’ve seen many people overcame all the obstacles and supported themselves financially while working overseas. How? I’ll share with you some of the ways I tried or am planning to try out in order to work in another country.

As an organisation dedicated to provide students with internship and volunteering opportunities with overseas partners, AIESEC helps students seek overseas employment. While some of the jobs are volunteering based, there are paid roles as well. Most universities in Australia have an AIESEC branch or student club on campus, make sure to check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Teach English

If you speak English as your mother tongue or are confident about your English skills, there are whole tons of opportunities to go overseas and teach English, whether be in China, Thailand or Spain.

At first I had this impression that you have to speak English as your first language to be eligible to apply. However, I later found out that this is not necessary. Some of the organisations are open to candidates who don’t speak English as their native language. In addition, there are pros if English is not your first language because you went through the process of learning English and know well what teaching approach is more effective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just did a key word search on QUT Career Hub and a lot of teaching positions pop up!

  • Working Holiday

This is probably one of the most common ways people choose to work overseas. While studying and travelling in Australia, I met so many people coming to Australia to work as well as having a holiday. The only downside about this that I can think of is that most jobs offered to working holiday visa holders are in the field of hospitality. If you are looking for professional jobs, it might be hard to get one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Apply for an internship

For some multinational companies that have offices across the world, they are more open to candidates from overseas. In the area of accounting which is my major, some of the accounting firms like Ernest & Young welcome interns from overseas universities and give support in obtaining a working visa. So it is worth doing some research and just apply!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a passion to work overseas and experience something different in this ever-changing global world, just do it! Many people have done it! I’m sure we can do it too!

ISAQ Welcoming Party

ISAQ (Indonesian Student Association of QUT) is an association for Indonesian students who study at QUT. ISAQ is also open to all other QUT students who have interests with Indonesia. This association holds events regularly.

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QUT Airport Reception

Did you know if you are a new international student at QUT you can use QUT Airport Reception service for free? It is one of many services that International Student Services (ISS) provides to international students at QUT. In this post I am going to share my experience of using QUT Airport Reception when I arrived in Brisbane for the first time.

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Choosing accommodation Part II

As promised in my previous blog post on choosing accommodation, here I am with a follow-up post.

Regardless of how much time and thought we put into choosing our respective abodes, we always end up compromising on something. The trick is to identify your deal-breakers and your perks – feel free to compromise on your perks.

For example, if you would like to be near a supermarket or shopping centre for convenient shopping, but being near public transport is crucial to you, then it’s alright if you settle for a place that has a bus-stop right outside your house, and the bus takes you to a supermarket in 15 minutes.

Consider the size of the room you would like – space is not major factor for me, but I have friends who cannot stand to be in a small room.

Consider natural light – I have visited many student share houses and other accommodation where the rooms are sold at a cheaper price because there is very little sunlight in the room or no sunlight at all! This is a deal breaker for me as I need natural light to function. My previous room had no windows in it and I suffered a lot because of that.

Think about your surroundings if you can afford to – would you like living in an apartment-style accommodation or a house surrounded by a small garden?

Last, but definitely not least, consider the lease terms before you sign the lease. If possible, send it over to an attorney-at-law and get it checked, especially if the jargon is hard to navigate.

Student accommodation agencies vary in flexibility and this is evident in their different lease terms. Carefully read the house rules and any other specifications put in your lease. Some accommodation agencies can be very strict; some do not permit any alcoholic drinks on the premises at any time, have strict rules on visitors and sometimes even on internet usage.

I have had to let go of many places that I liked because their rule on internet usage was that it could only be used for study purposes and not entertainment – everyone loves an occasional movie, right?

I hope you find satisfactory accommodation through your house-hunting ventures! Don’t forget to get in touch with QUT accommodation service for help and advice on accommodation and housing!

First Time Attending Business Ball

The semester is about to end and a lot of clubs will host their end-of-semester party/ball around this time. Today I’m going to share with you my first time ball experience here at QUT.

  • Tickets

The ticket price of balls hosted by university clubs ranges from $70 to $200. It is usually a bit expensive for us as university students to attend a ball. But on a second thought, the reason why it’s a bit expensive makes sense if you think about the money the clubs spend on venue hire, inviting DJ, sorting out food, drinks and photographer.

  •   Dress

The dressing code of balls varies differently. The usual dressing codes are: Black tie, cocktail and festive. This year, the dressing code of the business ball was black tie. To be safe, I picked a black long dress.

  • How did I feel?

To be honest, I was a bit nervous when arriving the venue because this was my very first time dressing so formally and attending a ball in Australia. Luckily my friend Kim came with me and she introduced me to her friends.

We first had a three-course meal, after that more and more people went to the dance floor, flowing with the music. I really like the DJ on the day and the music he picked. The vibe and environment of the ball was super great!

Some people chose to stay outside the venue where it was more quiet and had a good chat with their friends. Other, went to the photo booth and got their pictures taken.

Overall, it was an amazing experience for me and I highly recommend you to attend at least one ball if you haven’t done so. You will meet with new friends and definitely feel good dressing up and taking some great photos.

  • Photos
All girls team!

All girls team!

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Chilling outside the venue. Some Selfie fun.

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Some fun pictures!

How to (cheaply) do: Tasmania.

What can you do if you have a spare week or so during the semester and want to do something different?

Bored of Brisbane's heat?

Bored of Brisbane’s heat?

Go to Tasmania!

This is what me and a friend did during the Easter break in April. Somehow I managed to get 10 days off from uni and decided to go for a roadtrip around Tasmania, which was one of the best decisions I made in my life.

Wineglass Bay - one of the most stunning views I've ever seen

Wineglass Bay – one of the most stunning views in Tasmania

Going for a trip like this will not be super cheap – you need to be prepared for that. But there are some ways to make it affordable, and here are some ideas tried out by the two of us.

 

1. Campervan

There are ways to rent one for as cheap as you can. I would recommend using compare sites such as Motorhome Republic, which we have used, or Vroom Vroom Vroom, to find the cheapest deals. However, don’t rent through these websites, as they will charge you a 2% surcharge – after you found a camper, just contact the dealer directly.

The price will depend on how good the car is, how many people you need it for and how early you rent it. We were actually pretty lucky as we managed to rent one the day before our flight (don’t ask me why we waited so long), and paid $600 for the two of us for 9 days, which I think is still good – it would be almost the same to stay in a hostel, and with a camper we could sleep virtually anywhere we liked.

With our camper at the Eaglehawk Neck

With our camper at the Dog Line, Eaglehawk Neck

Our camper at The Neck, Bruny Island

Our camper posing at the Neck, Bruny Island

 

2. Camping

Another thing to consider is where are you going to stop to sleep – preferably for free.

There is a mobile app called WikiCamps which shows you free (as well as paid) camping sites all around Australia, Tasmania included. We found it really, really, REALLY useful – you can check customer reviews, whether the site has showers, water, BBQ and other amenities, and the app is compatible with Google Maps, so getting to a chosen spot is shamefully easy.

You can also have a look at a map here, on the Travelling Two blog, however it doesn’t cover all of the spots listed on the WikiCamps app.

The problem with free camping sites is that many of them don’t provide showers, kitchen areas or even drinking water, however, surprisingly, some of them might – plan beforehand and check all the options available and you might be in for a bargain. Tasmania is very traveller friendly, which is definitely a nice add-on.

Sunrise at one of the free camping spots in Freycinet National Park

Sunrise at one of the free camping spots in Freycinet National Park

The cliff was of an average size...

With cliffs of average size…

 

3. Things to do and see

If you are a bit of a traveller, then you’ll be heading to Tasmania to see as many places as you can. There are many possible routes you could take during your road trip, starting from a city of your choice: Devonport, Launceston or Hobart. We began and finished in Hobart, which I think was a good choice, as there are many things to see in this beautiful city.

Coffee break at the Hobart docks

Coffee break at Hobart’s docks

You can see the map of our road trip below to get you started:

Our complete road trip

Our route highlighted in black

 

I would highly recommend going to national parks – they are simply beautiful. My favourite was the Freycinet on the east coast and the Rocky Cape, up north.

To be able to enter Tasmanian national parks, you will have to pay a fee for you and your camper – you can either buy a 24 hour pass ($24) or a 2 month one ($60). I would recommend getting the second one, as in the end it will work out cheaper. You can get it online or in person at any of the parks.

Rocky Cape National Park panorama

Rocky Cape National Park panorama

Also, a thing not to miss is the Cradle Mountain summit at the Lake St Clair National Park – just have a look at these pictures:

Our destination, Cradle Mountain, behind us on the left

Our destination, Cradle Mountain, behind us on the left

And below our feet!

And below our feet

Walking back was still enjoyable enough...

Walking back was also enjoyable enough

Without forgetting to see the Devils @ Cradle for a nice finish!

With watching the Devils @ Cradle for a nice finish!

For ideas on where to go and what to see, you can check out websites such as the Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor or Tasmania Top Ten.

 

4. And how to make this all cheaper?

I would recommend PLANNING, and doing it early. We were a bit spontaneous and due to that sometimes were going back and forth, paying more for fuel. Having said that, we still managed to keep our trip relatively cheap, thanks to free camping and menu of bread and pasta, closing it in around $1000 for a 10 day road trip, which I think was a good price for the unforgettable experience and memories.

And so I’m sure you can do your road trip for much cheaper if you plan well and early. Good luck and enjoy your own Tasmanian adventure! Let me know how you guys went!

Marta x

Time for a few scares-Brisbane CBD ghost tour

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I believe the title of this blog would be more than enough to catch your undivided attention! QUTians are always on the lookout for one exciting adventure or another. Our uni always encourages and supports us to go ahead, carry on and try.  Brisbane CBD ghost tour was one such escapade organized by QUT for students like me who well, were crazy enough to want to undertake a hair-raising experience.

How was it you ask? Mixture of fun, nerve-wracking, spookiness and laughter.  Read more

2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit

Being sponsored by QUT Business School, I have been lucky enough to attend 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan early this month as a young professional. The summit attracted more than a hundred mayors and representatives to come together to discuss city solutions. Read more