Non-hospitality job opportunities for holiday makers
Replies: 95 - Last Post: Mar 30, 2013 4:01 PM Last Post By: saopedro
Dec 13, 2012 1:28 AM
45You can certainly buy lunch in Australia for $18. In fact, a subway sandwich costs $5, a bowl of noodles $8-9. Might not be a sit down meal in an a la carte restaurant but that's fine for most people. And no, most people working in galleries are not backpackers, they are actual artists or art students supplementing their income and, in the case of indigenous art, many are from an indigenous background even though it might not seem so at first glance. They at least know what they are talking about. As for your father being an artist, I think you're one too, but more of the BS kind.
Dec 13, 2012 2:31 AM
Dec 13, 2012 2:40 AM
You are meant to be traveling round the country to enjoy the culture, the sights, have a bit of fun and meet other like minded people. You are only meant to work to supplement your travel so that you can afford to either stay longer or actually afford food etc. The minimum wage over in oz is higher because living costs more but that doesn't mean that you won't be able to afford to live even if you are paid minimum wage. And seeing as you won't be working for long in each place and it is only to supplement your traveling I think I speak for most people here when I say you need to get off your high horse if you are just traveling that does not make you too good to go and do the relatively boring/standard backpacker jobs. So just go and do anything as long as you can get a bit of money for it what is the problem?
Dec 13, 2012 3:37 PM
Dec 13, 2012 5:26 PM
Dec 13, 2012 11:39 PM
50I will follow that advice as a last resort, but i am going to aim for the better jobs to start.
By the way, i remember advertised lunches starting from $25 when I was in WA, i never saw anything for $6, though I can't imagine it being anything I could eat, are there vegetarian options in that price range except Subway's veggie delight sub? Normally, i am cooking in Australia anyways, but still groceries are expensive too. That;s why i have to aim for the right job because the duration of employment is short, 1-2month, so i have to make as much as I can before the weather changes, and then quit, move on, and repeat.
Dec 14, 2012 12:00 AM
51traveling_porcupine there's nothing wrong with having high ambitions and being willing to seek out something you'd prefer rather than something everyone does. The one thing you need to understand about Australia though is that we have one of the highest rates of equality in the world. Our minimum wage is so high, because it is identified that people should be able to afford to live off the minimum wage and so it has been set at a livable rate. Perhaps not luxury, and it becomes harder when you're working fewer hours, but I believe the intention of being granted a visa is that you should be bringing enough funds with you to support yourself fairly well without falling into strife if you can't find work easily.
You can most definitely find meals for under $18 and $18 at a grocery store can buy enough food to last a few meals (especially if you're vegetarian) easily. As an example, every Friday lunch I treat myself to a zucchini slice and pumpkin salad from a cafe and it costs $8.50. Shop at the major supermarkets like Woolworths, Coles & Aldi for cheaper prices and if you're looking for a cooked meal under $20, head to local pubs / RSLs. There are also lots of funky little cafes in many towns around Australia that do not charge fine dining prices.
Dec 14, 2012 10:39 PM
Dec 14, 2012 11:38 PM
Dec 15, 2012 6:16 AM
54'Christ on a bike' hahahah, brilliant. Why don't you just become the president while you're in Australia, maybe you'll get your way then. Your expectations get sillier and sillier. You want to be paid to piss about on the internet when the shops quiet... There will be other things to do like stock replenishment, cleaning up and so on. Do you come from a very spoilt back round or something, because you sound like you've never had a job in reality.
Dec 15, 2012 1:02 PM
Dec 16, 2012 12:58 AM
56Because Australia isn't a republic, therefore I can't become its president. Also, because I am foreign born. Actually, your understanding seems to be what's silly right about now. Cleaning a shop, that's already clean (like an Art gallery) takes less than an hour, and that's when it's actually dirty. Remember i said I do everything quickly, so any tasks need to be done, for sure i will finish them in less than an hour, leaving me the rest of the shift to surf the net. I saw it happening on a daily basis in Alice, a laid back town, maybe that kind of thing doesn't work in the big cites, but in Alice, and maybe Darwin, it's OK, hence why i think applying in smaller towns is better. I was also offered similar slacker's work in Fitzroy crossing.
Dec 16, 2012 1:49 AM
Dec 16, 2012 2:14 AM
58Actually while Australia doesn't have president, being foreign born is no impediment to becoming prime-minister. Both the current PM and the leader of the opposition are foreign born.
Dec 16, 2012 11:07 PM
59Ah so i get it, some of you think i am from rich family, hence my unwillingness to work in the rat race, so not true. I come from a lower middle class (financially speaking, of course) family, i didn't have the chocolate bar every time i wanted when i was a kid, and i certainly didn't have any of the best toys or clothes, i wanted, and we never went to any of the vacation spots i wanted, so no i am not spoiled, just different. I am not American, i wonder why you think that? I've already survived the Australians desert, and remote areas of the Kimerberly, i probably seen more of Australia than you have. But, that's ok, you don't understand everything. You are right i don't eat at pubs (because i am veggie), and drink (because i don't like drunkerds), but i can't afford to eat at 5 star either, because i don't like the snooty crowd, or the overpriced, undersized dishes. I don't like celebritism, i wonder why you have branded me with some Hollywood brat, i don't fit in with them at all. I think you got the wrong idea skippy!
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