Today we have a great sponsored guest post from Adam at Welcome to Travel(Use promo code IRISH for $50 off) on the benefits of choosing a working holiday in Australia.
Christmas in Ireland is wonderful. Eating, drinking and laughing with loved ones a grand old affair.
As the Christmas and New Year festivities end though, something else sets in.
Whether it’s clearing the snow, de-icing the car or just the fact it’s dark at 4 pm that you don’t like, it’s not the most inspiring time of year and it’s a long time until the better (I won’t say good) weather comes.
It’s at this time of year that you can’t help but think of warmer climates, where you don’t have to wear 4 layers just to go and pick up the post.
You may not want to go on holiday, you love working every day, you’d just prefer it to be a little warmer perhaps!
You might actually be a fan of the cold weather and love winter, but you might not be a fan of the wage you’re on and feel like you’d like to work for more money.
Or perhaps you’re on a bit of a hiatus from all things you’re told you should do.
You could have just had a break-up, you could have just finished studying or you could just be wondering what the next step is for you.
You might just want to explore and discover something new.
All of these are reasons why people from Ireland head to Australia on a working holiday visa.
I can already hear you asking, ‘Adam, what is this visa and what is this working holiday you talk of?’
Firstly, let’s talk about the visa. If you’re an Irish citizen aged between 18-35, then you’re eligible to a 12-month working holiday visa in Australia.
On this visa, you can work for up to 6 months for one employer.
If you complete 88 days of rural work, you can actually extend that visa by another 12 months. Win!
Secondly, let’s talk about a working holiday in Australia.
Just like starting school, your first job or university, a working holiday is an incredible opportunity to be thrown out of your comfort zone, into a journey where you will inevitably make friends, learn valuable lessons about yourself and create memories for a lifetime.
When you go on holiday or travelling, you often think ‘it would be great if I could stay a bit longer’ and that’s the opportunity a working holiday in Australia gives you.
A working holiday in Australia allows you to snorkel, swim and catch sunset after sunrise after sunset before settling down to work for a few months in the town you loved most.
Why are you working?
To replenish that travel fund before going off on your next adventure-the dream.
You can travel for a month, work for 3 months and repeat two more times if you please. The black and white surface material is basically a bit of work and a bit of travel but it’s so much more than that.
The best bit is, the work part doesn’t feel like the normal 9-5 slog of a job in a place you’re so familiar with.
You’re in a new town with new people and there’s that constant buzz of discovering new things.
Every weekend can be spent exploring a new suburb, national park, watering hole or if you’re feeling fancy, vineyard?!
You know that beautiful balmy evening feel that you encounter when you go on holiday? Well, that’s every single night of the week when you finish work. It really is a working holiday in every sense!
There’s also something I’ve not mentioned when talking about working…THE MONEY!
The minimum wage for casual work n Australia is $23.66, that is just under €15 an hour, bonkers stuff.
A lot of Irish people choose to work in trade jobs and that’s because they are more around €20-30.
Another reason why it doesn’t feel so much of a slog right?
Then there are the experiences you encounter on a working holiday.
You could be watching a sunset at Uluru, watching 500 penguins come in at Phillip Island or Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef.
Those are some of the countless things you could experience but there’s also something to be said about new and sometimes whacky experiences in the workplace too.
You could go from bartending at the local pub to serving drinks at the Opera House? Wow
Or you could even be doing something way out of left field like pruning a vineyard or working at a camel farm, who knows? These are all character building experiences that you’ll recount the stories of forever.
It doesn’t have to be a fancy or random experience either. It could just be the people you meet, and more often than not that’s what makes a working holiday.
The people you laugh with, drink with and sometimes even conquer fears with are the ones that make your working holiday so special
2019 is a completely different landscape for our generation and the ones to come.
Our professional lives and the way we live them has diversified and this change is a fantastic recognition of that.
So many of us have careers and life plans and paths that change, I tell myself that 31 really isn’t that old anymore and that’s because it simply isn’t.
The experience gained in employment, including that in farmwork, allowed me to grow as a person as well as provide me with a lot of opportunities. Then there’s hostel life which is one of the best experiences you can have and is a guaranteed way to make lifelong friends from all over the world.
Sean Og Maguire, 31, Belfast
In my year I’ve gained a lot more self-confidence to do things because I didn’t have my family or friends with me to use as a crutch”
Katrina Kerlin, 25, Craigbane in Co. Derry
So there you have it, we know Ireland is a beautiful little country but there’s a whole world out there to explore and what better place to do it than a country that’s hotter, speaking the same language and where you can work for better money?!
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