Moving from Aus to LA on student working visa, need general advice!
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2012 7:34 PM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Oct 6, 2012 7:30 AM
Moving from Aus to LA on student working visa, need general advice!Hi there,
I am an Aussie (21, F) who is moving to LA end 2012/start 2013 for 12 months on a students working visa.
I want to get an idea of the best areas to live?
Where to find jobs? What websites? Any tried and tested ways?
Will I need a car? Is public transport practical/accessible/affordable?
What are things I MUST KNOW?
I am just looking for any information or advice to make planning my trip a little easier..
Oct 6, 2012 7:59 AM
1First, for anyone reading this, the OP is planning ot come to the US under a special visa only available to Aussies & Kiwis. It does indeed permit work for 12 months and the person is not tied to any specific employer.
Oct 6, 2012 8:00 AM
2What you need to know...First, it is hard to give advice on a job search if we have no information on your skill set...Second Latin American immigrants (legal or not), who you probably be competing for work, are going home as there is little to be found...You probably cannot afford to purchase and insure a car... I suggest you arrive with open return ticket in Hand and enough cash in hand to support your self for several months...Good luck ! carracar
Oct 6, 2012 8:55 AM
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Oct 6, 2012 12:44 PM
5You need to be a student or recent graduate to qualify for that visa, so presumably you understand tight-money student life as it is lived - in Australia at least. I agree with nutrax - that your first base be to research the student enclaves, and find some share accommodation with other students ... as if you were in Fitzroy, Newtown, or West End in Australia. There will be extensive online resources available. But jobs may be harder to find than you have ever experienced here in Australia.
I wouldn't buy a car immediately on arrival, and I would look at places as near to the beach as you can afford, subject to the student orientation suggested above. In general, the city gets less interesting and more car-dependent the further inland you go.
Good luck with it ... I wish such opportunities existed when I was under 30!
Oct 6, 2012 1:43 PM
6The "best" area is West Los Angeles: Santa Monica, Venice, Westwood and the parts of LA nearby. It's near the beach, has public transit and is bikable. It's also very expensive. Impossible to comment on jobs without knowing about your skills and education. If you have nothing to separate you from all the other college grads, I wish you luck. The job market is still tough and I don't know how many employers will want to invest in someone who will probably only stay for a year. Maybe try temp agencies - tons of them out there. Or the cafes near the Santa Monica Promenade area - it's popular with Aussie tourists, that might help you.
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Oct 6, 2012 8:22 PM
7In your other post, you mention that you are a nursing student. As such, you may have good luck getting a job with a company that provide in-home care. This is a growing business. It may involve helping people with bathing, dressing, eating, etc. or just babysitting someone with dementia.
The big issue is licensing. You will ave to see if your nursing training qualifies you to be licensed as a home health aide. If it does, you can get a job that is well above minimum wage.
Oct 6, 2012 10:18 PM
8My sister-in-law worked in home healthcare. There is a certification process but it wasn't too terrible. The money was better than McDonalds but otherwise crappy, as was the job.
She however did not regret her decision to pursue that job because it allowed here to work here way into being some sort of a nurse's aid (which has a more complex certification process.) the money is better. Still not quite middle-income, but decent.
There is nursing shortage in many parts of the US and yo may wish to use this trip as an opportunity to find nursing jobs on some future return trip. Two of my neighbors are nurses. They were recruited by some agency in their home country, Nigeria. The work is hard and thankless but they make very good money.
Oct 6, 2012 10:30 PM
Oct 7, 2012 2:11 AM
10Editing is straightforward - just click on the little pad&pencil icon in the top right-hand corner of your post (the leftmost one - and you can only do this before someone posts after you) ... type/edit your text that appears in the edit box, and then un-click the square below your edit so you don't needlessly print that there's an edit, and then click on Save Message.
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Oct 9, 2012 8:08 AM
14Why LA? have you considered more pedestrian and public transport friendly cites like San Fran, Chicago, NYC, Wash DC or Boston?
LA is a major pain in the arse without a car, especially if you have to commute to work, not just be a student. The traffic in LA is a nightmare, one of the worst cities in the world to commute.
Have you considered lining up work/interviews prior to arriving? Speaking to recruiters in your industry?
For Job listings, check Monster.com for a start, but there may be a good Medical workers website too...
For apartments or sharing/room mates, check Craigslist.com.
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